1903 colt


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Stitchy
January 26, 2013, 12:20 AM
Hi I am new to the site. I can't find anything about my issue. I bought a 1903 hammer less colt 32 rimless. When I bought it the guy gave three boxes of ammo all 380. I said its a 32 but don't mind the ammo, he said no it shoots 380. The magazine says 380 the slide says 32 rimless. The gun looks brand new and I am happy either way. I just can't find any evidence of someone making a 32 into a 380 I've heard it could be done going 380 to 32. Any info I would appreciate thank you.

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hso
January 26, 2013, 02:19 AM
News to me and I own more than one 1903 and 1908. The firearms are of different sizes and the chambers and barrels are too different.

I don't see how you'd fit a .380 barrel into a .32ACP frame/slide.

AlexanderA
January 26, 2013, 02:30 AM
The magazines are very similar (the easy way to tell the difference is that the .380 magazine has 6 holes while the .32 has 7). But I just checked the guns that I have, and the .380 magazine is a hair too wide to go into the .32 frame, while the .32 magazine goes easily into the .380.

If you have a magazine that's marked .380, that probably means that the frame is .380. Maybe someone swapped a .32 slide/barrel onto a .380 frame, although I'm not sure that can even be done. You need to measure the chamber and bore.

WardenWolf
January 26, 2013, 03:12 AM
Well, it would certainly be theoretically possible for the .380 and .32 pistols to be exactly the same except for the barrel, bushing, and minor magazine changes. After all, the Tokarev, a gun based on the 1903, manages it with both its original .30 caliber round and the 9mm Luger round. I don't know if Colt did this, but I do know it's technically possible they made it with completely interchangeable parts, even keeping the slide the same and just stamping it differently.

rcmodel
January 26, 2013, 01:59 PM
Go here and see if your serial number corresponds to a 1903 .32 or a 1908 .380.

http://www.coltautos.com/mmpd.htm

rc

mike@gunshopps.com
January 28, 2013, 11:31 AM
The quickest way you can fit one .32 in a .32 magazine but you can't get a second in. Also look around the online stores and get a little tin teardrop shape bore gauge. Put it in the end, wallah (sp) the magazine tells all without a gauge.

Jim K
January 29, 2013, 02:18 AM
The magazines are not interchangeable, which is why Colt marked them with the caliber. The earlier guns had different frames so a .380 mag wouldn't fit in a .32 frame, but Colt later made the mag wells the same, so the .32 mag is a little loose in the frame even for a .32 pistol. The extractors are also different.

Jim

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