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Colt 1903 or 1908??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by News Shooter, Jul 23, 2008.

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  1. News Shooter

    News Shooter Member

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    I inherited my grandfather's Colt, what I was told was a 1908 in .380. It had one magazine with it and I ordered another 1908 .380 magazine.

    When I went to use the gun the first (original) magazine fed fine. The second (new one) didn't feed and then got stuck in the grip.

    I took it to the smith and he says the gun is actually a 1903 in .380 and that I bought the wrong magazine. The serial # is 1108xx.

    Can someone help me tell exactly which model this is?

    I do appreciate it
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Go here for complete information to identify it.
    http://www.coltautos.com/

    Finding aftermarket magazines that work for those guns is a crap-shoot at best.

    Triple-K's are junk, and so are most of the others I'm familiar with.

    Your best bet is to find an original Colt mag from one of the factory mag vender's at a major gun show.

    It won't be cheap, but it will work!

    rcmodel
     
  3. Chipperman

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    The original 1903 was in .32, the .380 model was often called the 1908. Make sure the mag you buy is for .380 and not .38 ACP.
     
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    Does it have a hammer? If not, you probably got the mag for the '03 Pocket Hammer .38ACP
     
  5. News Shooter

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    That is what is confusing. Mine is hammerless. The smith says it is a .380 version of the 1903, but I can't find any references to that, much less where to buy an appropriate magazine
     
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    It sounds like you are trying to put a 1908 (380 ACP) mag in a 1903 (32 ACP) gun. It should say on the slide what caliber it is.
     
  7. rcmodel

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    Your gunsmith is wrong.
    There is no .380 ACP version of the 1903 in that serial number range.

    From the serial number you gave, and the website I posted in post #2,
    you have a Type IV Colt Model 1908 made in 1931.

    Pocket Hammerless 1908 .380 - integrated barrel bushing, 3 3/4" barrel, and magazine safety. (.380 sn range 93001 - 136000)

    A 1903 with that serial number would have been a .32 ACP made in 1911.

    rcmodel
     
  8. News Shooter

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    Thanks all. I believe my smith needs to stick to repairing:)
     
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    Just to confuse things a little... Colt also made a Vest Pocket m1908 in .25 ACP which is a different gun entirely.

    Here's a m1908 .380

    [​IMG]
     
  10. alistaire

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    Do the two magazines appear to be identical?

    Have you cleaned the magazine well?
     
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