1908 Colt Vest Pocket in today

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  1. Griffen

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    Arrived today, a 1926 born on date and all original with box and instructions. I replaced all the springs and she’s tight and ready to go.
    Nice to find one with the case hardening still intact after all these years.


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  3. 1KPerDay

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    That is sweet!
     
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  4. Tallball

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    Super cool! :)
     
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  5. Jimbo80

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    Nice. You'll find that they're great little pistols. I carry one of mine on occasion. Now you need a 1926 '03 to go with it!
     
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    Wow...love it
     
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  7. Mizar

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    But is it optics ready? :)
    P.S. Forget it - it's not even 9mm...
     
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  8. Sox

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    Let us know how it shoots!! I am wild about .25s. Haven’t owned one of these and I am leaning that way.
     
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  9. mavracer

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    I know where one is, but unfortunately it's definitely not for sale. IMG_20190227_150242480.jpg
     
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  10. Jimbo80

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    It wouldn't be if I owned it either. I got lucky and found a '21 08 to go with the '21 03 I already owned.
     
  11. bannockburn

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    Griffen

    That's pure, unadulterated vintage handgun beauty right there!
     
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  12. Griffen

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    I am looking; I think the 03’s are one of the most beautiful pistols ever made. Classy and elegant. I haven’t found the right one yet. The problem will be the $$$$$ when I find the one I want.
     
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  13. mavracer

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    My 08 vest pocket was made in 1911 and isn't anywhere near as nice as OP's gun but I inherited it so no complaints lol.
     
  14. giggitygiggity

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    That looks outstanding. Mine was made in 1918, but definitely doesn’t look nearly as nice as yours. Congrats!
     
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    You're looks fantastic! Here is mine (Nickel) born in 1919 with it's larger 1919 brother and a younger step-grandson.
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    Ed Buffaloe did one of his excellent articles about the Colt 1908 .25 : https://unblinkingeye.com/Guns/1908Colt/1908colt.html

    Griffen's example is terrific. I don't like to own guns that both that old and that nice; I envy the people who can take care of them. I know if I handle it I will mess it up sooner or later, and then I will feel bad every time I look at it. I like a gun with enough wear that I can't tell what *I* did to it. :)
     
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  17. Jimbo80

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    Here's my pair of 1921 Colts. I included their cousins from the Old Country. The 1910 was made in 1913 and the '05 in 19??.
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  18. halfmoonclip

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    Have a Vest Pocket nearly that nice, with just a wee bit of concrete rash on top of the slide. :(
    Had a 950 Beretta (wish I'd kept it), and found a minty Beretta 418. And I'd love to have a Walther TPH in .25.
    The ammo is moderately expensive, and Dillon doesn't even make dies for it.
    For the OP, great catch!
    Moon
     
  19. Reinz

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    That’s quite a specimen. Probably the nicest Vest Pocket that I have ever seen.
     
  20. Nasty Canasta

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    That’s a very nice pocket pistol & box. My vest pocket is a 1940 vintage, one of 1,000 made that year (only 4 made in 1941) they shoot well & while I thought I’d have problems depressing the grip safety while working the trigger with big hands it does just fine.
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  21. Tallball

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    The gentleman next to me at the range yesterday was shooting one and seemed to be having a good time. Small world. :)
     
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    I almost didn't like OP's post because 25 members did already....Great looking gun by the way
     
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    Had any of the springs actually become weak, or was this just preventative maintenance to replace the springs?
     
  24. Griffen

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    The recoil spring was misshapen a bit, but I ordered springs to replace them anyway, after all, it is nearly 100 years old. Re-assembly can be a bit cumbersome and the recoil springs can get out of sorts during the process. I plan to shoot it some and possibly carry occasionally, so all clear on the internals is a must.
     
  25. Archie

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    Congratulations, Griffen. That is a beauty. I have a 1908 which is functional, but not nearly in the condition of yours. I collect early (pre-WW2) .32 ACP pistol and recently started on the same era .25 ACP pistols as well.

    I do not carry* either caliber, the history is fascinating. (*-I do have an engraved 1903 Colt with [non-factory] engraving. I'll carry that if invited to a black tie event.)
     
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