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If colt started making the 1903/1908 pocket hammerless again would you buy one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MUSICALGUNNUT45, Sep 30, 2011.

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  1. MUSICALGUNNUT45

    MUSICALGUNNUT45 Member

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    I've always wanted colt to start making the 1903/1908 pocket hammerless again I always loved the design and I think that if they made it again today anyone who likes 1911s would have the perfect carry gun. Id buy one in a heartbeat.
     
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    I would like a new one .
     
  3. gripper

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    And as a.wildcard offering-make it on 9x18mm and .32 NAA.....with modern metallurgy,a design tweak or two; why not?
     
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    If they didn't "modernize" it too much.
    I think a little bigger thumb safety - about like a GI 1911 - and slightly bigger sights would help, though.
    I sold my Remington Model 51 because it wouldn't feed the hollowpoints I was hung up on at the time. Dumb. But it would pay Colt to set the new version up for JHP just because they are the fad.
     
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    I'd buy a reproduction of either model if was pretty true to the original and in a price range I could afford. If it was at about $800 to $1,000 I'd do it. More than that I'd think about it. And $2,000 or up, I'd pass.
     
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    I'd like to see USFA do one. Their QC, fit, and finish have forced Colt to keep prices a little more reasonable, and they certainly set their own bar to be matched.
     
  7. Weevil

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    I think the .380 would be a pretty decent seller if they offered it at an affordable price.



    Of course being Colt they'd have a ridiculous price that only collectors and gun-snobs could afford.


    I'm surprised none of the other knock-off companies like Taurus or Armscor offers a repro version of them.
     
  8. 420Stainless

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    Nah. They're beautiful and feel good, but I'm too much of a fan of my polymer pocket gun that's in a larger caliber without weighing much more. If I run across an older one at a good price I wouldn't mind buying it just to admire, fondle, and shoot for fun.
     
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    I was a little surprised recently to see that a company called Precision Small Arms (PSA - I never heard of them until I saw this ad) is marketing a "Baby Browning".
     
  10. WardenWolf

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    I'd certainly consider one, and I think it could definitely compete with a lot of the other commercial .380's out there. They could probably even use an alloy frame to reduce weight.
     
  11. Weevil

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    They are a lot of fun.


    I've got one of the .32s for those exact reasons.


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    They're a very thin pistol, something that surprises a lot of folks about such an old design.

    The design is ideal for CCW especially considering the current fad for thin pistols.

    Now the size and weight are drawbacks, but there are a lot of folks, particularly the ladies, who would appreciate a little bigger easier to shoot .380 than the wee little pocket .380s. Walther has done alright with their PK380 in this segment and a modern Pocket-Hammerless perhaps with a lighter alloy frame would give them some competition for this share of the market.

    And you know it would sell well just for the nostalgia factor also.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    In a heartbeat.
     
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    I would love a 1903/1908 in .380. If colt didnt over price them I would buy it in a heart beat.
     
  14. Armed012002

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    I would buy one too.

    Though I want better sights and a larger thumb safety.

    Perhaps have an "enhanced" model to go along with the classic model.
     
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    I have two of the old ones and I love them but I'm not sure I'd go for a new one.
    I'm not sure I'd trust that safety unless it was re-engineered.

    I paid heavily for the first one I bought - but just picked up the second one yesterday for a song - $215 with the original two tone mag. It's kind of rough cosmetically - with quite a bit of surface pitting on the rear of the slide especially - which is a shame as it has almost all of its original blueing otherwise and the barrel cleaned up very well. Mechanically it seems to function well - a range test is in order. If it shoots well I'll look into getting it refinished and fitted with new sights to use at the range instead of my nicer 1903
     
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    They wouldn't have to start making them again in order to get me to buy one.

    :D
     
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    I've got a .32 and would buy two more in a heartbeat if they weren't so high. I'll seconf the .32NAA as an additional chambering. For those of you stuck on polimer guns, none of them come close to the feel of the old colt.

    Cheeres,

    ts
     
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    Not too familiar with these.

    But the gun pictured above would be nice with a few changes.
    -Get Vz or some other fibreplastic company to make checkered grips that fit the frame fully
    -better sights
    -is that a safety lever? If it is,looks like it could use some work on placement.
    -full length dustcover and straight slide, a slot cut into the dust cover to use as a rail like a glock has would also be nice.
    -Not sure how I feel about a heel mag release. But at least it's ambi. If it's easy to use I'm all for it. The heel release on the HK P9 is too stiff for my taste.
    -melonite, or Gun Kote it black.
    -I don't see why these couldn't be reproduced to shoot 9mm.
     
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    As a practical CC weapon? No.

    At over 2 pounds in weight and around 7 inches in length, its much too large for it's caliber. If I was carrying a gun that size I would chose one in 9mm or larger.
     
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    Had one, a general officer's model, nib with rod and original target. One of the dumbest moves I ever made was to trade it...and I don't even remember what for.
    The new Solo by Kimber is the closest thing to it I've ever seen and sells for less than what the Colt could be made. That said, the Solo is about as scarce as the Colts.
     
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    The cost per unit would be prohibitive. The volume would not be there thus economical manufacturing methodology most likely could not be employed.
     
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    I agree completely that the feel of the Colt is better than my PM45. I'm just a little more comfortable having .45ACP in my pocket. It certainly doesn't have the class and charm of these old designs though.
     
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    Ok what if they updated it to a 9mm lockbreech.
     
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    I have both a Colt Vest Pocket 25 and a Ruger LCP 380. I would choose the LCP for carry every time. Better performance, better ergonomics, lighter weight, and fitted with a Crimson Trace. That would be my choice!
    Bob
     
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