Sold For: $1,304
Model: 1903 Type III Pocket Hammerless, Belgian Contract
Serial Number: 195092
Year of Manufacture: 1916 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .32 ACP (7.65mm Browning)
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED / APR.20, 1897. DEC.22, 1903” and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” with a rampant colt logo behind the serrations. The left side of the frame is marked “195092” and with “A” in diamond (Belgian contract marking). The right side of the slide is marked “COLT AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE 32 RIMLESS SMOKELESS”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle, “S” at the rear.
Barrel Length: 3 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded bladed fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “U” notch dovetailed into the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black hard rubber with “COLT” in a banner near the tops and a Rampant Colt logo in the bottom half of the grips. The grips have handling wear, more notable on the right panel than the left. The right panel’s rampant colt has wear, appearing more as a silhouette with the left panel’s colt still having some well defined detail. The right panel also has some smoothed checkers at the bottom. Otherwise, the checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is worn, but visible. There is light erosion and pitting scattered in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 60% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is scattered light finish wear, nicks, scuffs, scratches and spots of light surface oxidation. There is more notable wear, a dent and uneven surface on the left-front of the dust cover. There is some more notable vertical scratching on the right of the frame in front of the grip panel. The action shows operational wear. The screw head is tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are generally clear, the rampant colt is worn. Overall, this pistol is in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The recoil spring is kinked, which makes reassembly a little challenging. Otherwise, the action functions correctly. The slide has little play to the frame. It has a grip safety and a manual safety but does not have a magazine disconnect safety (correct for this period of production). The safety can be used to lock the slide back. We did not fire this handgun. As with all firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one 7 round magazine marked “CAL .32 / COLT” on the floorplate. The magazine has light operational wear, some finish loss from surface oxidation which has been mostly scrubbed out intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Good-Very Good condition.
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 and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at 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.