Pictures of my newly arrived Colt 1903 32...


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aspen1964
October 22, 2006, 12:29 AM
..made in 1923...

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browningguy
October 22, 2006, 12:46 AM
That is a nice looking pistol, is it original or refinished? Looks great int he pics.

aspen1964
October 22, 2006, 12:49 AM
original...:D

Old Fuff
October 22, 2006, 11:05 AM
Better shape then I first thought it would be... :)

The finish is Colt's "gas oven blue," that was unique to them and used between the two World Wars. It is a "blue-blue," rather the a "black-blue." Take good care of it. The finish can't be duplicated except at very great expense.

XavierBreath
October 22, 2006, 11:14 AM
Beautiful!

Iggy
October 22, 2006, 11:34 AM
Beautiful gun.. I have a 1931 vintage with wooden grips.

It has had 5 shots fired through it and I fired 2 of them.. I just had to!!!

My Grand dad bought it way back when. He fired 3 rounds, cleaned it, and stored it in a sock in his dresser.

I got it and a box of shells with 3 missing when he died about 20 years ago. I drooled and fondled it for 10 years, and finally took it out and fired 2 more rounds out of the box. What a sweet little shooter it is.

Someday I am going to find another that is a little less pristine and shoot the blazes out of it..

I think the 1903 is one of then keenest pocket pistols around..

Enjoy your new acquistion it is a beautiful specimen.

10-Ring
October 22, 2006, 11:36 AM
You've done very well sir! :cool:

los
October 22, 2006, 11:49 AM
GORGEOUS!

Congrats.

kokapelli
October 22, 2006, 12:54 PM
Very good looking pistol.

Blue4
October 23, 2006, 01:57 AM
Absolutely beautiful. Take good care of that one.

DWARREN123
October 23, 2006, 06:53 AM
Really nice!:D

usp9
October 23, 2006, 09:03 AM
Very nice! A great find. Lock that one in the safe.

Moonclip
October 23, 2006, 09:42 PM
Neat, I only ever see beat example really. I want the 380acp version but I'll take a 32 if the price is right eventually.

RH822
October 23, 2006, 09:52 PM
Someday I am going to find another that is a little less pristine and shoot the blazes out of it..

Iggy,
You may as well shoot your Grandpa's gun, you're never going to get rid of it right? And you are going to pass it to one of your kids, right? So why should your kids have all the fun after your dead and gone. For God's sake man it's a gun, shoot it.

RH

Old Fuff
October 23, 2006, 10:33 PM
Shooting the gun, in and of itself, won't hurt the condition so long as it is cleaned up afterward. But on the other hand it is not wrong to pass Grandpa's gun (and ammunition) on to a great-grandson or daughter in the same condition it was received - with the understanding they'll do the same. This attitude has preserved some Civil War (and earlier) guns in perfect condition that otherwise might have been junked years ago.

Iggy
October 23, 2006, 11:32 PM
Whut OL FUFF sed!!:)

ozarkhillbilly
October 24, 2006, 12:48 AM
I want one.

Handgun Midas
October 24, 2006, 01:11 AM
This one just came back into the family recently, and we shot it a few weeks ago.
Dunno the born-on date, but the frame sez US Property.
My father seemed to believe it was manufactured for the Brits back in the 40's but never made it across.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g257/identity_2006/IMG_1856b.jpg

Diamondback6
October 24, 2006, 01:53 AM
Might be an OSS or General Officer's Pistol version also. Don't know who to contact, but you might be able to get hold of an archivist at Rock Island Armory (GOP program administrator) and see if the c/n matches any ever issued to a general.

Aspen and Midas, very nice weapons to both of you! Moonclip, I'm looking for a couple beater Model M's myself as long as they're mechanically viable (ideal would be still safe to shoot, but a 0% finish--I'm thinking to Parkerize as GOP-replicas, since I'm a WWII junkie) and affordable. Wher've you been seeing 'em, if I may ask? All the ones I've seen in WA are too good of finish, too expensive or both.

Skofnung
October 24, 2006, 01:56 AM
My wife (then girlfriend) saw a 1908 (the .380 version of the 1903) at a Gunshow that had been refinished in hard chrome and gussied up with smooth ebony scales. She rarely comments on guns, but she said that she thought it was the most elegant pistol she had ever seen.

I'll get her one just like it one day.

Beautiful, graceful guns.

aaronrkelly
October 24, 2006, 06:32 AM
I badly want a 1903, however any of them I run across are trashed. Mind you I dont want a perfect one, just in decent condition.......I really would love to daily carry such a fine firearm.

Till then I will have to suffice with 1911s and the old Walther PP when I get the pocket gun itch.

XavierBreath
October 24, 2006, 07:48 AM
Heck, while we are at it, I'll post a pic of mine too.............

http://www.bayourovers.com/colt1903hammerless.jpg

Not nearly as pristine........

FPrice
October 24, 2006, 08:16 AM
This one just came back into the family recently, and we shot it a few weeks ago.
Dunno the born-on date, but the frame sez US Property.
My father seemed to believe it was manufactured for the Brits back in the 40's but never made it across.

You may want to contact Sam Lisker at:

http://www.coltautos.com

He seems to have a lot of knowledge in this area.

Bazooka Joe71
October 24, 2006, 04:30 PM
Man, that is one sweet little pistol...

The finish on it is amazing...Nice acquisition.

Texshooter
October 24, 2006, 10:37 PM
IGGY,

Think of the gun man, think of the gun.

You can't keep that bird in a cage.

NORTEXED
October 25, 2006, 04:14 PM
I just had to put mine in, it was my Great Uncle's "Backup coat pocket gun" while serving as Sheriff here in N. Texas in the 30's -40's:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/NORTEXED/MVC-001F.jpg

kokapelli
October 25, 2006, 09:30 PM
Amazing how many of these are still around.
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http://www.wtv-zone.com/jnib/images/ktog/colt_1903.jpg

pocketgun
October 26, 2006, 12:26 AM
Awesome - just a beautiful piece of history. Enjoy it.

Eightball
October 26, 2006, 02:15 AM
I love those things....they fit the hand perfectly. Too bad they're expensive, and so is the ammo :(

Dr.Rob
October 26, 2006, 04:29 AM
Shotgun News has a great article on these... seems like Colt produced a half million of them in .32 and .380 over the years.

No wonder they are still around.

PO-Dan
October 26, 2006, 12:02 PM
A bit OT, but how do the quality of these compare to the Browning 1910? Were these Colts made in the USA?

I have a little Browning 1910 in .380 and love it. Was thinking about getting one of these as well.

Dr.Rob
October 26, 2006, 01:02 PM
All Colt 1903/1908's were made in the USA. Quality of a pre-war Colt is as good or better than anything made in Europe.

Wags
October 26, 2006, 01:56 PM
Thanks for sharing these vintage Colt pocket pistols guys. And thank you John M. Browning for another classic! Someday I'll make room in my safe for one. What elegance and early history.........

kokapelli
October 26, 2006, 01:58 PM
All Colt 1903/1908's were made in the USA. Quality of a pre-war Colt is as good or better than anything made in Europe.

Hmmm! :scrutiny:

Black Majik
October 26, 2006, 02:07 PM
Gorgeous, that's in really good condition :)

digi-shots
October 27, 2006, 06:01 PM
Here's a pic of mine with a holster that I just got


http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j226/digi-shots/gunColt1903andholster.jpg

kokapelli
October 27, 2006, 06:26 PM
digi-shots, that is a real beauty.

Did you get it already engraved and plated or did you have it done?

digi-shots
October 27, 2006, 07:10 PM
I had a fellow in Washington state do the work... Dale Woody.

Here's another pic... you can see the detail better.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j226/digi-shots/gunColt1903holster-2.jpg

deputydon
October 28, 2006, 08:29 PM
digi shots - would you mind letting us know who did the work on your 03 ? I have a .32 and .380 that are pretty slick and would make good candidates for beautification as a pair. Also rough idea of cost if you want. Thanks, -Don :)

Kenneth Lew
October 28, 2006, 10:19 PM
http://home.swbell.net/k100355/1

Mine.

Bought it from an old man at a gun show that day for $100, because it was a COLT.

Iggy
November 5, 2006, 09:52 PM
[I]Quote:
Someday I am going to find another that is a little less pristine and shoot the blazes out of it..
Iggy,
You may as well shoot your Grandpa's gun, you're never going to get rid of it right? And you are going to pass it to one of your kids, right? So why should your kids have all the fun after your dead and gone. For God's sake man it's a gun, shoot it.

RH

I found one today in fair condition... Got it cleaned up and we're goin' shootin' tomorrow. It cleaned up pretty well. It is nice enough to be treated with care and respect.

This one is a 1916 version, but it will keep the young'n company quite well.

Eightball
November 6, 2006, 12:24 AM
digi-shots, I hate you:neener: . No one should be allowed to own a pistol so friggen perfect, and then make it better with that engraving. I am envious to the utmost degree.

So, if there were half a million or so, how many of the .380s are out there? I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat, if it still functioned. .32 is bad on a college student's budget :(

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