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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by AZAndy, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. AZAndy
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    I've wanted one of these for a long time, and found one today:

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    Colt Model 1903. These are chambered in the super-extra-dangerous .32ACP. The serial number says it was made in 1922. Yes, the bluing really does look that good, and on both sides too, which is kind of a shame because that means I'll never get to carry it. There's something really elegant about these old fellows, and I'm sure happy to have made its acquaintance. Now I have to get a double-breasted suit and a pack of Luckies.

    All that's left on my gotta-have-it list now is a German PPK in .32ACP. I'll keep my eyes open.
     
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  2. otisrush

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    They're sweet guns! I can relate to your excitement: I just acquired a 1908 in .380 ACP. Really fun to shoot.
     
  3. Patocazador

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    I have a 1903 in .32 also. However, it is in the opposite kind of condition as yours. It does shoot nice .. and accurate.

    Have fun.
     
  4. czhen

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    Congratulations, beautiful finding. Look like in great condition.
    I am speechless.
     
  5. JR24

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    Nice! Always wanted one of those too
     
  6. 460Shooter

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    Wow! Beautiful!
     
  7. 40-82

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    They're accurate, and they work. In addition to your pack of luckies and the double breasted suit, you'll require a fedora as well. Gentleman don't go bareheaded. Going about armed and dangerous in no way implies a man should eschew etiquette.

    Of course a few of the original users might have been a touch rough. Bonnie Parker had one, and the Shanghai police ordered three thousand, theirs had custom features like witness holes in the magazine and a lanyard loop. I suppose if I were to order three thousand of one model, a modern manufacturer might listen to my opinion on required custom features.
     
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  8. Safety First

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    Beautiful gun OP. Was it part of an Estate Sale?
     
  9. Tallball

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    Congratulations! :)
     
  10. AZAndy
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    No, just a regular gun shop. They've had some unusual and nice ones here and there, including my first .32 Long and my first .38 S&W. They do a lot of trading and buying from people who walk in, and have a reputation for fair dealing, so you never know what might be there. Anytime I have to go through the area, I pop in for a look.
     
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    I have a bit of love for the .32ACP round. Wouldn't mind having one of those dispensers, too.
     
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  12. Jack B.

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    Saw one like that( not as good a condition as that one) for sale at an estate sale. Was not familiar with the pricing at the time, so I walked outside to check prices online ,saw that it was at a fair price. Went back inside to pay for it and it was gone! Someone else beat me to it. Learned my lesson the hard way that day.:confused::(
     
  13. Walkalong

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    Same here, and would love one of these fine old .32s.
     
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  14. AZAndy
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    If you pay too much for something, it just means you bought it too soon. The value will catch up eventually. :)
     
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    It is easy to make more money but not easy to make more 1903's (or anything else one desires to have).
     
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    Nice score..

    I've always wanted to get engraved. The lines and clean look, are well suited for it.
     
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  17. AZAndy
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    I see one of those on an auction site occasionally, and they're always several umptillion dollars. Really pretty, though.
     
  18. bannockburn

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    Congrats on the awesome acquisition! That one's a real beauty, that's for sure! Love the bluing, the grips, and everything else about this classic pistol!
     
  19. jar

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    Mine are all shooter grade guns, the 1903 from 1923 but two Walthers, a Model 4 that's also from 1923 and a Manurhin PP from 1955. Quit with the Luckies and paging Philip Morris about a decade ago now.
     
  20. Arkansas Paul

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    Wow. Beautiful condition as well.
    Congrats.
     
  21. JN01

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    That is a pretty one. The 1903 was on my bucket list as well, I picked one up last week. I wanted one that I wouldn't be afraid to shoot, though, so I got one with a little wear and tear on the finish.
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    Now that’s a looker, very nice indeed. I have always had a soft spot for older 32’s. this one shows lotta holster wear but is still close to my heart
     
  24. modifiedbrowning

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    Congrats on that nice 1903. I have one made in 1913 in .32 ACP. Mine is in good shape but, not as nice as yours.
     
  25. ArchAngelCD

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    So what is the price point for such a nice 1903 Colt in that great condition? (if you don't mind saying)

    That is a beautiful pistol, congratulations on the buy.
     
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