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1903 Colt Pocket Hammerless

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JohnnyCremains, Nov 26, 2012.

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  1. MagnumDweeb

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    I want to get a 1903 in .32 but everytime I have the cash something "more practical" comes around at the same price.

    I know it will never happen but it would be awesome if the 1908 and 1903 were reproduced in heat-treated receivers (making them last a lot longer or at least durable enough for today's ammo and then some) and sold to the public.

    I've shot 1903s in .32 and I'm scarey accurate with them up to twelve yards. It's a trade off between shot placement and inherent stopping potential.

    To reproduce these guns, would be to truly produce a classic line.
     
  2. JohnnyCremains

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    These guns are plenty strong enough to handle todays .32 ACP and .380s
    They are quite large for the caliber and a very strong design.
     
  3. Tennessee Jed

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    Here's a picture of my 1903 32 acp. I won it in a sweepstakes from the no-longer-existing Handgun Podcast. It was originally beat up pretty badly, but was refinished in 2-tone by Robar. I love it, and my kids love shooting something a little bigger than a 22, but not as hard kicking as a 9mm. Great little gun, and I'm thrilled to have it. It's also great for introducing people to semi-autos.
     

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    At the last few gun shows here there's been a table with a Colt 1903 in .32 ACP going for $400. It seems like a great deal at first but cosmetically the pistol is in poor shape and without being able to fire it to check function before buying it's hard to decide whether to pick it up or not if I see it at the next show. That said, I've always coveted a Colt 1908 .380 and the .32 caliber sibling would fill the same role as a collector piece and occasional shooter.
     
  6. JohnnyCremains

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    Rubber Duck,

    You can get a decent 1903 for $400. One in well worn condition shouldn't sell for much more than $250-$300
    Be patient and you can find a good one. Colt made hundreds of thousands of them.
     
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    I used to have one in .32 made in 1919. It was a fun shooter but I sold it to fund something else I just had to have. Wish I still had it.
     
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    As for prices, there doesn't usually tend to be a high demand for these guns. The 32 I just bought was advertised locally for over a month and I picked it up for $370 in about 85% condition with a minty/shiney bore and the original two-tone magazine. ;)
     
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    My 1903 is of the first years production run.
    Even in its well used condition, the markings and original finish and magazine put this pistols value in the $650-$700 range.
    The original Heiser pocket holster with sheepskin protector adds another $200 to the overall value.

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  10. JohnnyCremains

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    Actually with that serial number it was made in 1905. Also the very earliest 1903s had plunge milled serrations instead of the sharper cut serrations yours has. Nice old gun though.
     
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