Colt .38 Super, 1911A1


January 22, 2006, 08:36 PM
Saw this at a gun show weekend before last and longed for it, but had worries about old Colts in this caliber. They're said to have accuracy issues.

Hubby told me the seller was a nearby gun shop. Skipped a few lunches and thought about it some more. We went there last weekend and I couldn't resist!

It was in nice condition, so I took it straight to the range. Took a few shots to get used to it, then.... It's a tack driver! Handles nicely. And it looks sooooo goood!

...I don't know if the jewelling on the exposed chamber will show up as well as it does in person, nor the gentle dehorning; there isn't a sharp edge anywhere. Colt's bluing is legendary -- with good reason. (That's not a scatch under the ejection port in the second photo, it's a little smear of oil). So far, it is a delight to my hand and eye!

Whattaya think?


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January 22, 2006, 09:31 PM

January 22, 2006, 09:32 PM
Very nice and not easy to come by
Congrats !!!!!

January 23, 2006, 05:38 PM
Nice Colt, about 1952 I'd guess, but I can't read the number. It looks like it could be 100,468. Just a WAG!

January 23, 2006, 10:33 PM
Thank you, Bill, Arch and f4t9r!

With Bill's clue and the un-fuzzied number, I am pretty sure this gun dates to 1962. I do not know for sure if the grips and bluing are original, though the deep, glossy finish certainly looks like Colt factory work.

I have never owned anything like it; my taste runs to Star and a couple of EAA Witness autos. ...The Colt actually is similar in "feel" when shooting to my best Stars, but a lot smoother.

This one, I'm holding on to!


Cocked & Locked
January 23, 2006, 10:59 PM
Wow! That's a nice looking Colt! You are a lucky lady. I like 1911's that DO NOT have those little groovie thingamajigs on the front end of the slide. I know what they are for, but I prefer the traditional Colt look...just like yours.

Being chambered for .38 Super is icing on the cake.

Old Fuff
January 23, 2006, 11:30 PM
Accuracy problems in early .38 Super's was cause by chambers that required the cartridge to headspace on the small rim. Later ones, Like I think the one you have, had chambers that headspaced the case at the front, same as a .45 ACP.

Remove the barrel and drop a cartridge into the chamber. If it doesn't drop in further then the end of the hood you're good to go. :D

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