Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless


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wamj2008
December 26, 2009, 09:27 PM
Is this the quintessential 32 ACP gun? If I was building a 32 ACP collection, is this gun an absolute MUST? Does anyone here carry this gun at all?

I just bought a Beretta model 1935 and that's a nice looking gun, but I'm almost wishing I had gone for the smooth lines of the Colt 1903 first.

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Old Fuff
December 26, 2009, 10:12 PM
John Browning invented the .32 ACP cartridge (known in Europe as the 7.62 mm Browning) and also the first pistols to use it. Most .32 pocket pistols are based in one way or another on Browning patents.

In the United States the 1903 Pocket Model was the most popular of all, and remained in production (1903 - 1945) longer then any competitor. Many are still carried or kept for home protection even today. They were, and still are reknown for reliability because a round is guided into the chamber by cartridge guides, so feeding isn't dependent on magazine lips.

On the down side good examples are getting to be expensive and reliable top-quality magazine aren't always available.

I don't think that any collection of .32 pocket automatics would be complete without one.

gazzmann
December 26, 2009, 10:12 PM
Very simple design. easy to field strip and sweet to shoot.

okdee
December 26, 2009, 10:34 PM
I have carried mine some. Not alot , by any means. It is smooth and slender. Sort of a Black Tie affair kinda carry. Yes, everyone should have 2! :)

Merry Christmas

wamj2008
December 27, 2009, 10:00 AM
Was the original finish a shiny black or a shiny navy blue?

Old Fuff
December 27, 2009, 10:23 AM
Up until about 1922 they were charcoal blued, which is a glossy black/blue finish. After that they were gas oven blued, which left a satin blue/blue color that was unique to Colt's. Pistols manufactured during World War Two were mostly Parkerized. Nickel plate was offered as an optional finish from about 1904 to 1941. A handful were factory-plated with gold or silver, and usually had pearl grips.

berettaprofessor
December 27, 2009, 11:04 AM
To the OP's question; yes, I think it's the quintessential 32 and I don't think a collection would be complete without one. However, I hesitate to carry mine because I don't want to put any more wear on it than it already has. If they were available new today, though, I'd buy and carry one in a second.

M2 Carbine
December 27, 2009, 11:10 AM
Does anyone here carry this gun at all?

Before concealed carry was strickly legal my Wife and I carried these two Colts.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/Hazels32Colt.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/Bucks32Colt.jpg

One day on the way to work I was involved in a quick stop gas station holdup, three BG's, no shots fired.
I felt REALLY outgunned. When I got home I replaced the 32 with a 1911A1 45.

Old Fuff
December 27, 2009, 11:23 AM
I hesitate to carry mine because I don't want to put any more wear on it than it already has.

Admittedly some of those that are like new, or like new/in box have pushed up into the $800 and even higher range. But there are many guns available with cosmetic wear and perhaps a little “frosting” in the bore that will be found for less then half what the “perfect collectables” go for. These are still good shooters and any additional finish wear wouldn’t be noticed. They also make a good representative example for a pocket pistol collection.

wamj2008
December 27, 2009, 11:34 AM
M2, those are gorgeous! It's too bad a gun cannot publicly compliment an outfit, because that would be my suit piece any day of the week!

gazzmann
December 27, 2009, 11:58 AM
Beautiful guns.

The Lone Haranguer
December 27, 2009, 12:11 PM
I just bought a Beretta model 1935 ...
Unlike (reputedly) that one, the Colt cannot bite your hand with the hammer.

mm6mm6
December 27, 2009, 12:59 PM
I think a Colt Pocket Hammerless is an absolute must!

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/GouseEngraving017.jpg

Comanche180
December 27, 2009, 06:12 PM
M2 Carbine,

Who got to carry the engraved one? Both are very pretty.

I have two but blued and show wear. One I paid $165 and the other $275. I'm happy with that. Good shooters.

M2 Carbine
December 27, 2009, 07:36 PM
M2 Carbine,

Who got to carry the engraved one? Both are very pretty.

That was my Wife's pistol. I called it her sissy gun.:)



WOW mm6mm6!!
That's about as nice as they come.

Billy Shears
December 27, 2009, 07:48 PM
Personally, I've always preferred the Model 1908 -- same gun, but in the slightly more potent .380 ACP. I used to carry it occasionally, but these days, when I really need a gun for concealment under very light clothing, I carry the Colt's contemporary: my Remington Model 51.

SharpsDressedMan
December 27, 2009, 08:10 PM
I carry mine at least once a week on its own, and additonally as backup to my bigger guns. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05339.jpg

wamj2008
December 27, 2009, 09:41 PM
You guys have some beautiful guns. I found a place that has one for $400, I'm going to hopefully pick it up tomorrow.

silversport
December 27, 2009, 11:19 PM
mm6mm6,

That is one BEAUTIFUL pistol...
Bill

Ditto_95
December 30, 2009, 11:19 AM
I see you are wrong handed Sharpsdressedman.

What make of holster is that?

silversport
December 30, 2009, 12:04 PM
you might be right handed but we Southpaws are correct handed...;)
Bill

SharpsDressedMan
December 30, 2009, 09:08 PM
Left hand ankle rig by Kramer Leather. I love it!

NG VI
December 30, 2009, 09:41 PM
You guys are making me feel a little jealous. Maybe I need to check out older, smaller than full sized pistols.

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