Which Classic?


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ATBackPackin
March 7, 2010, 05:37 PM
Hopefully within the next year I would like to purchase a true classic pistol. There have been a couple that have really caught my eye. I would most likely get a .380 in either.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Browning 1910

Which would you choose? Why? Or would you buy something else similar?

Is there anything I should know about either of these pistols?

Any help would be appreciated.

Shawn

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searcher451
March 7, 2010, 09:22 PM
Both are excellent choices. You know that you'll eventually end up getting both -- that's clear enough from reading between the lines of your post -- so why not accept that fact straight out and then set about purchasing the one that you get the best deal on initially? That will allow you time to admire it at some length while then continuing your search for the second. Speaking of classics, I'd also be looking for a German-made Walther PP or PPK model. It doesn't get any more classic than that, IMO.

forindooruseonly
March 7, 2010, 11:49 PM
Yep. That is a slippery slope you are treading on. Searcher has a good point, which is go after both and whatever one you find a deal on, buy it. You'll end up with more. I imagine it will be easier to find the Colt than the Browning. Next will be the 1910, then maybe a Remington 51, then an old Savage 1915, next a Smith and Wesson 35, then you'll run across a deal on a Colt pocket 1908 that woud look great alongside the 1903, and hell, you might as well get an old Hsc, a PP, a Mauser 1934, an Fn 1900 and a 1922....

I know because I've been there.

If I had to choose, I would get the Colt first. Not that I think it is a better gun, but I simply like the lines better. I have three, one in a .32 and twp in .380, and all are great little shooters. I use a refinished one as a carry gun.

I don't know how much you know about the older stuff, but you've got good taste. Here are a couple of general guidelines about pricing and buying old guns.

Be sure to check the bore on those old classics. I've seen several that are excellent lookers, but the bore is so pitted and dark I would be scared to shoot it. If the old users didn't clean the guns after using the old corrosive ammo, the bore will be in bad shape.

Also, check to make sure the magazines are correct. Aftermarket magazines might function ok, but a collector would want the originals. If they are not correct, adjust the price accordingly.

Do your best to verify if the finish is original or redone. Even if it doesn't matter to you personally, it will affect the market price of the gun. I have friends who would prefer a worn, original gun to a super clean, beautifully refinished example.

Good luck on the hunt and let us see what you come up with.

notbubba
March 8, 2010, 05:44 AM
Get the one that is harder to find.
That way when the bug bites again (and it most likely will) you wont have to hunt that much to get the other.

I'd get the Colt, just because I like it's looks better than the Browning.

memphisjim
March 8, 2010, 06:11 AM
usually id say f*** colt and in this case the keltec is superior but of the 2 go rugerlcp

ATBackPackin
March 8, 2010, 06:41 AM
You know that you'll eventually end up getting both -- that's clear enough from reading between the lines of your post

Very true eventually.

purchasing the one that you get the best deal on initially?

Good idea.

in this case the keltec is superior but of the 2 go rugerlcp

I must admit, this one went right over my head.:confused:

Shawn

wnycollector
March 8, 2010, 07:16 AM
A buddy of mine has a safe queen 1903 colt. I have only held it but never shot it:( I would also toss the savage model 1910 or 1917 into the mix. IMOO the savage's scream roaring 20's. If you have seen "Road to Perdition" I believe a savage pistol makes several appearances.

forindooruseonly
March 8, 2010, 09:08 AM
usually id say f*** colt and in this case the keltec is superior but of the 2 go rugerlcp

I hope this was a reply intended for a different thread.

Fishslayer
March 8, 2010, 04:58 PM
When I think "classic pistol" the S&W 4" M19 comes to mind...

OK... begin the "it's a REVOLVER not a PISTOL!" stuff...:neener:

For classic semiauto I think old Colt 1911 or Browning Hi Power

That 1910 is pretty tasty, tho...


I hope this was a reply intended for a different thread.

I've actually done that before. Glad I'm not the only one.:D

svaz
March 8, 2010, 06:42 PM
I think the Beretta 70 has lines at least as classic as the Walther PPK.


And get the Colt - the Browning looks like it need a little rhinoplasty.

makarovnik
March 8, 2010, 08:24 PM
Love the 1903. Excellent carry pistol then and now.

DFW1911
March 9, 2010, 01:09 AM
search451 nailed it.

My dollars, I'd go with the 1903, because it helps round out my overall collection more than the Browning would.

Oh, and this:

usually id say f*** colt and in this case the keltec is superior but of the 2 go rugerlcp

:uhoh:

The 1903-1910 Keltecs ARE becoming more and more difficult to find these days, so I feel this is something you must consider, especially since the Ruger LCPs of the same era are, most likely, superior :).

Either way, enjoy what you get.

Take care,
DFW1911

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