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Post by carguy » January 27th, 2008, 1:13 am

I have been thinking and looking for a while, saw this in a classified ad in Gun "something" and called. Well the dealer was coming to a local gunshow this weekend from Maine and said he'd bring it along so I could look and decide.

Well my son came along and helped me make the decision..."oh my goodness, you have to buy that"!

So I did and here it is...1903 Colt Pocket Auto 32 and it is having a birthday, manufactured in 1908!
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(pink pillow just for AL)
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This is the second variation with a 3 1/2 inch barrel and no mag saftey. It has a thumb saftey and a grip saftey that engage only when the pistol is cocked. The mag is tight to seat and release but other than that it is perfect! (Pretty sure a re-bluing was done sometime but it sure looks like a nice one) $300 otd... 8-)
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Post by beasleydano » January 27th, 2008, 1:20 am

A great find!

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Post by carguy » January 27th, 2008, 1:21 am

I can't wait to go to the range tomorrow! I hope the mag (original as best as I can tell...2 tone and stamped Cal 32 Colt on the bottom) loosens up.

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Post by normsutton » January 27th, 2008, 7:28 am

carguy

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Post by papabear » January 27th, 2008, 9:08 am

carguy,

WOW, now I'm GREEN with envy, you done really good, and thanks for the pic's, I know Al will appreciate that one pic....... ;D Let us know when you do get to go to the range.


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Post by grayfox » January 27th, 2008, 9:56 am

Now I,m green...have to go looking again :P Great find bud & the thing is you took your kid, he will always remember :)

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Post by volfandan » January 27th, 2008, 10:19 am

carguy,

That is a GREAT looking pistol! Great find!!!!

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Post by trent » January 27th, 2008, 11:24 am

1908 and it looks brand new, Great find Carguy

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Post by butch50 » January 27th, 2008, 12:45 pm

Outstanding! I suppose your son has already laid dibs on it?

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Post by carguy » January 27th, 2008, 1:02 pm

My son has dibs on everything I own and even on stuff I'm thinking about owning... :'(

We try to do as much together as possible. Just a few days ago I mentioned to him that I shouldn't spend the money. He laughed and said to wait until I figured out what I really wanted (as we are always talking about 45's, enfields, MAS, Mod 94 etc) I never seem to know what I want until it's time to buy it or walk away.

But once he saw the 1908 380cal US Government model and figured out it was pretty much the same as the 32!!! He couldn't drag me fast enough to buy this one!

We have a great time together. I finally figured out how to field strip this beauty and it is full of gunk so since it is snowing and my son is working...a good soaking and scrubbing is in the works then maybe the indoor range tonight?!?

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Post by blinddog » January 27th, 2008, 4:59 pm

About the blueing carguy, I once owned a 1903 Colt hammerless 380 made in 1916 and was sold out of a hardware store in Chicago and the blueing was perfect. A buddie of mine fathers carried it while he was a pilot with American Airlines( believe it or not). It slipped away from me in a trade and I still kick myself for letting it go. Very nice find ya got and congrats!

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Post by anjdrifter » January 27th, 2008, 7:14 pm

glad you got it like you thought you would that is a nice nice keeper
Not that I was going to say anything but is that a shocking pink background I see 8-)
all things come to one who waits.. revenge without even trying I live good. ;D 8-)

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Post by volfandan » February 1st, 2008, 3:10 am

Carguy,

That is such a great gun! I was watching a special on the history channel about gangsters of the 20's.....and they showed quite a few of these 1903 pocket guns.

Let us know how she shoots!

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Post by carguy » February 1st, 2008, 9:28 pm

Finally got it to the range and WOW! This is a fun and accurate little pistol.

Shot a 2 3/4" group with 1 flier at 10 yards! Then my son decided to show me how it was done and started plinking at a steel target at 25 yards...his 1st mistake...1 hit in 8. I took over and hit 4 out of 8.

Then he dragged me to the 100 yard steel target...his 2nd mistake...he missed 16 rounds...I hit on my very first shot (then missed the rest too... :D

We had a ball, not a miscue on the part of the pistol at all. Tight mag like I said before...trying to ram it home to lock in and then releasing it from the grip bottom. But I'm sure that will loosen up with use...I would never have believed this is a 100 year old pistol bythe way it operated today!!

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Post by novgarod » February 5th, 2008, 10:22 pm

There are lots of good reasons that you liked to shoot the Colt 1903 hammerless - a total of 572.000 have been produced and our military was still giving them out to general officers as self-defense sidearms during WWII. They simply melt away during concealment and they fit the hand like a glove. Yes, I have a 1903 in .32 that was produced in 1911 and it shoots quarter groups at 7 yds.

By the way did you notice that the grip safety acts like a cocked hammer indicator and remains depressed when uncocked? Browning was an amazing inventor!

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