Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Griffen, Sep 26, 2022.
Nice to find one with the case hardening still intact after all these years.
P.S. Forget it - it's not even 9mm...
I know where one is, but unfortunately it's definitely not for sale.
That's pure, unadulterated vintage handgun beauty right there!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Had any of the springs actually become weak, or was this just preventative maintenance to replace the springs?
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.
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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