SOLD FOR: $1175
Make: Colt, assembled by Firearms International
Model: Automatic Caliber 25 (Junior)
Serial Number: OD97879
Year of Manufacture: 1973 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .25 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” with a rampant colt logo, the right is marked with the rampant colt logo and “COLT AUTOMATIC / CALIBER .25”. The right of the frame is marked “OD97879”. The magazine floorplate is marked “CAL. .25 / COLT”. The butt of the frame is marked “S” behind the magazine well.
Barrel Length: 2 1/8″
Sights / Optics: There is a serrated, solid rib down the top of the slide. The front sight is a short blade and the rear sight is a shallow square notch, both integral to the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered wood with silver Rampant Colt medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The metal shows only light handling marks and minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a frame-mounted safety mounted that can also be used to lock the slide back, it also features a magazine disconnect safety. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a two-piece red cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, manual, warranty card, breech-bolt cleaning brush and a single 7-round magazine. The box has scattered light storage wear, in about Very Good condition. The magazine has minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition. The brush shows no sign of use.
Our Assessment: Colt’s original .25 ACP vest-pocket, the 1908, was very popular in its day, but Colt felt it needed an update as production returned to normal following WWII. Colt had restarted production of the 1908 after WWII but due to the market being flooded with affordable European options it did not sell well. They then developed the Colt Junior, but due to expensive manufacturing costs, they had Astra Unceta y Cia manufacture them in Spain. About 40,000 were produced in Spain from 1958 to 1968 when they were banned from import due to the GCA. Following this new legislation, assembly of Spanish made parts was moved to Firearms International in Washington D.C. and re-named the Automatic Caliber .25. This example is in great condition, appearing to have seen limited and responsible use, and comes with its original box. It will be an interesting addition to your collection without taking up much room and should be a very fun shooter too. Please see our photos and good luck!