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Pictures of my newly arrived Colt 1903 32...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by aspen1964, Oct 21, 2006.

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  1. aspen1964

    aspen1964 Member

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    ..made in 1923...
     

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  2. browningguy

    browningguy Member

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    That is a nice looking pistol, is it original or refinished? Looks great int he pics.
     
  3. aspen1964

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    original...:D
     
  4. Old Fuff

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    Better shape then I first thought it would be... :)

    The finish is Colt's "gas oven blue," that was unique to them and used between the two World Wars. It is a "blue-blue," rather the a "black-blue." Take good care of it. The finish can't be duplicated except at very great expense.
     
  5. XavierBreath

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    Beautiful!
     
  6. Iggy

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    Beautiful gun.. I have a 1931 vintage with wooden grips.

    It has had 5 shots fired through it and I fired 2 of them.. I just had to!!!

    My Grand dad bought it way back when. He fired 3 rounds, cleaned it, and stored it in a sock in his dresser.

    I got it and a box of shells with 3 missing when he died about 20 years ago. I drooled and fondled it for 10 years, and finally took it out and fired 2 more rounds out of the box. What a sweet little shooter it is.

    Someday I am going to find another that is a little less pristine and shoot the blazes out of it..

    I think the 1903 is one of then keenest pocket pistols around..

    Enjoy your new acquistion it is a beautiful specimen.
     
  7. 10-Ring

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    You've done very well sir! :cool:
     
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    GORGEOUS!

    Congrats.
     
  9. kokapelli

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    Very good looking pistol.
     
  10. Blue4

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    Absolutely beautiful. Take good care of that one.
     
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    Really nice!:D
     
  12. usp9

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    Very nice! A great find. Lock that one in the safe.
     
  13. Moonclip

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    Neat, I only ever see beat example really. I want the 380acp version but I'll take a 32 if the price is right eventually.
     
  14. RH822

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    Iggy,
    You may as well shoot your Grandpa's gun, you're never going to get rid of it right? And you are going to pass it to one of your kids, right? So why should your kids have all the fun after your dead and gone. For God's sake man it's a gun, shoot it.

    RH
     
  15. Old Fuff

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    Shooting the gun, in and of itself, won't hurt the condition so long as it is cleaned up afterward. But on the other hand it is not wrong to pass Grandpa's gun (and ammunition) on to a great-grandson or daughter in the same condition it was received - with the understanding they'll do the same. This attitude has preserved some Civil War (and earlier) guns in perfect condition that otherwise might have been junked years ago.
     
  16. Iggy

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    Whut OL FUFF sed!!:)
     
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    I want one.
     
  18. Handgun Midas

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    This one just came back into the family recently, and we shot it a few weeks ago.
    Dunno the born-on date, but the frame sez US Property.
    My father seemed to believe it was manufactured for the Brits back in the 40's but never made it across.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Diamondback6

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    Might be an OSS or General Officer's Pistol version also. Don't know who to contact, but you might be able to get hold of an archivist at Rock Island Armory (GOP program administrator) and see if the c/n matches any ever issued to a general.

    Aspen and Midas, very nice weapons to both of you! Moonclip, I'm looking for a couple beater Model M's myself as long as they're mechanically viable (ideal would be still safe to shoot, but a 0% finish--I'm thinking to Parkerize as GOP-replicas, since I'm a WWII junkie) and affordable. Wher've you been seeing 'em, if I may ask? All the ones I've seen in WA are too good of finish, too expensive or both.
     
  20. Skofnung

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    My wife (then girlfriend) saw a 1908 (the .380 version of the 1903) at a Gunshow that had been refinished in hard chrome and gussied up with smooth ebony scales. She rarely comments on guns, but she said that she thought it was the most elegant pistol she had ever seen.

    I'll get her one just like it one day.

    Beautiful, graceful guns.
     
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    I badly want a 1903, however any of them I run across are trashed. Mind you I dont want a perfect one, just in decent condition.......I really would love to daily carry such a fine firearm.

    Till then I will have to suffice with 1911s and the old Walther PP when I get the pocket gun itch.
     
  22. XavierBreath

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    Heck, while we are at it, I'll post a pic of mine too.............

    [​IMG]

    Not nearly as pristine........
     
  23. FPrice

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    You may want to contact Sam Lisker at:

    http://www.coltautos.com

    He seems to have a lot of knowledge in this area.
     
  24. Bazooka Joe71

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    Man, that is one sweet little pistol...

    The finish on it is amazing...Nice acquisition.
     
  25. Texshooter

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    IGGY,

    Think of the gun man, think of the gun.

    You can't keep that bird in a cage.
     
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