Sold For: $2,275
Model: Military Model of 1902
Serial Number: 36715
Year of Manufacture: 1914
Caliber: .38 A.C.P.
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED / APR. 20. 1897. SEPT. 9. 1902.”, “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”, and at the rear with the Rampant Colt logo. The left side of the frame is marked “36715”. The right side of the slide is marked “AUTOMATIC COLT / CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and the left rear with “P”. The bottom of the slide is marked “P” at the rear. The frame rail on the right-front is marked “7”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a thin rounded blade fixed to the top of the slide. The rear sight is a rounded-top “U” notch dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black hard rubber with “COLT” in a banner across the tops of the grips and a circled Rampant Colt logo in the center of the grips. Each grip has a crack at the bottom which extends to the bottom screw hole, the left panel also has a chip-loss at the bottom. Otherwise, there is only light handling wear with a few scattered minor marks and well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the grips are in about Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is worn, but visible. There is light erosion scattered through the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 70% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The slide has light surface oxidation and minor erosion scattered throughout with strongest finish around the sights and wedge. The frame has stronger finish with most notable finish loss in the grip straps which show light surface oxidation. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs, and scratches.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, and the slide is tight to the frame. This pistol has a half-cock hammer safety, a spur hammer and the slide serrations are at the rear of the slide (late model). The slide release can be used to lock the slide back for cleaning. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One 8 round blued magazine is included. The magazine has operational wear and some scattered minor surface oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The 1902 is one of the most beautiful handguns ever made and an important link along the evolution line of the 1911. The wear on this pistol is honest and could even be considered light for a pistol that’s been around for more than a century. This pistol was made in 1914 during WWI, when most of Colt’s production was geared up for 1911 pistols. Only about 1,100 Model 1902 pistols were made that year, making this wartime pistol rare. Its nice finish and wartime manufacture should make this a very nice find for the Colt pistol collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California but CANNOT be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.