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Colt 1903 Type IV with Wood Grips?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sentinel89, Jan 31, 2010.

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  1. sentinel89

    sentinel89 Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    Good afternoon,

    I have a 1903 Colt in .32 ACP. My grandfather left it to me. Although I'm not an expert, I would say she's in very good condition - 95% or better. Blueing is immaculate, no rust, pitting or scratches. Mag appears to be original. My camera is broken or I would post a pic.

    Serial number range makes it a Type IV: 478XXX. But in researching this pistol, I have discovered they were issued with checkered hard rubber grips. Mine has checkered wood grips with medallions.

    Without sending off for a letter from Colt, does anyone know if this pistol may have been issued with checkered wood grips instead of the standard hard rubber?

    This is a precious gun to me. And although I would never sell it, I'm just wondering if she is more valuable with the wood grips. I'd like to get her insured for the full value.

    Thanks for your time.
  2. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    The hard rubber grips were discontinued with the Type III's, IIRC. So, yes it is probably a correct gun. As for value, I don't have my blue book handy, so maybe someone else can fill you in.

    Check gunbroker, anyway. That seems to be a better indication of what people are asking, though I've had issues with insurance companies who like to stick to the best printed reference - in this case the blue book.
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