Colt Model 1902 Military .38 ACP Rimless Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1920 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2825

LSB#: 210608MW28

Make: Colt

Model: Military Model of 1902

Serial Number: 41573

Year of Manufacture: 1919 (

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 “41573”. 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 “1”. The bottom of the slide is marked “41573” at the rear.

Barrel Length: 6”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the top of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the slide. The rear sight is not original to the gun.

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. The grips show faint handling wear with a few scattered minor nicks and scuffs. The checkering and lettering are well defined with good detail on the rampant colts. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. Most of the balance is in handling wear in the grip areas. There is some other scattered minor finish wear. There are scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with a few more notable scratches on the left of the frame around the grip and lanyard ring. Three are some spots of minor erosion on the left of the frame around the grip and lanyard ring. Most worn areas show discoloration from oxidation. There are light tool marks on and around some pin-heads as well as the slide wedge. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good-plus condition.

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 wedge is intact, including its indexing stud. 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 floorplate is marked “CAL.38 / COLT”. The magazine has light operational wear, 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 1919 at the end of WWI, and toward the end of the 1902’s production. While sales continued through 1928, most after 1920 appear to have been sold out of existing inventory with production itself ending earlier. This is a nice example of the 1902 military, a wonderful find for the Colt pistol collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!

Colt Model 1902 Military .38 ACP Rimless Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1920 C&R
Colt Model 1902 Military .38 ACP Rimless Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1920 C&R