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Posted: 5/20/2005 4:01:02 PM EDT


I thought owners of the Colt 1903 might like to have this if you don't have an original manual. I scanned my original manual. Notice the prices for parts.

Scan of original manual---PDF File 1MB
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 4:18:08 PM EDT


A 4 page gun manual?!?

Where are the 8 pages of warnings?!?



Link Posted: 5/20/2005 4:37:30 PM EDT
Thanks! My step dad has one.

Those parts prices are still good, right? $10 for a .380 receiver. Where do I place my order?
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 4:38:43 PM EDT
Is that what that "Colt .380 Auto" I saw in the pawn shop is? That thing looks ancient.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 5:12:01 PM EDT
Ancient? The 1903 might have given it away...

Yup, that is pretty high on my wish list. That or the 1903 looking Swedish service pistol NOT sleeved to 380 auto.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 5:13:22 PM EDT
I have one of the first ones made, one of the ones with the 1911 style bushing.

It is awesome. Over 100 years old, it looks rough, but it still runs like new.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 6:24:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
I have one of the first ones made, one of the ones with the 1911 style bushing.

It is awesome. Over 100 years old, it looks rough, but it still runs like new.



I think the 1903 Colt is the sexiest pistol ever made. I searched for years to find a mint one. I can look at it for hours. Mine is a Type III made in 1929. I like the first version better though, but it just so happens the mint one I found was a Type III. They are great shooting guns too. I taught my daughter how to shoot with a 1903, which is the same gun my Dad taught me to shoot with.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 6:35:26 PM EDT
My father in law(2-b) also has one.It was a frozen up hunk and I offered to clean it up for him.A couple of days of soaking in Liquid Wrench and it came all apart.A few hours with the dremmel and a wire brush and the thing functioned and shot perfect.
Cute little guns. Hard to believe theyre 100+ years old.
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 1:55:48 AM EDT
No But I really want one .
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 6:41:27 AM EDT
Mine was manufactured in 1905. It is a little ruff around the edges but it still runs flawlessly, which is pretty good for somethig that age.
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 6:58:12 AM EDT
My dad got my grandfather's when he died 20 years ago. It has hardly been shot and sits in the back of his safe. Finish is a little rough but the internals on the gun are awesome. I already have staked my claim on it and it is in writing. If I went over there and asked for it today my dad would just give it to me now, hhhhmmmmm............I need to make a phone call. He also has some really cool old colt revolvers in .32 and .38 that haven't been shot in who knows how long. Apparently papa was a Colt fan
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 7:30:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pogo:
Ancient? The 1903 might have given it away...

Yup, that is pretty high on my wish list. That or the 1903 looking Swedish service pistol NOT sleeved to 380 auto.



Too bad you live in Alaska. The one I saw for sale looked to be in nice condition for around $200, I believe.
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 7:40:24 AM EDT
My great grandfather killed himself with one back 40 or so years ago. Last year I was at my grandmas house going through old stuff and found two loaded mags covered in mold. Cleaned them up and the springs are still tight as can be, ammo looks fine too. Everytime I'm over there I tear the place apart looking for that gun, no one knows where it went.
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 7:59:51 AM EDT


My Grandpa Morrison's 1903 (s/n 82XXX) in .32 ACP. He died in '67. My Mom got it back from her cousin in '96, and handed it down to me!
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 6:31:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheFreepster:
My great grandfather killed himself with one back 40 or so years ago. Last year I was at my grandmas house going through old stuff and found two loaded mags covered in mold. Cleaned them up and the springs are still tight as can be, ammo looks fine too. Everytime I'm over there I tear the place apart looking for that gun, no one knows where it went.




Sorry about your great granddad. I hope this is not rude of me to ask, but would you be interested in selling those mags? If they are marked Colt on the bottom, .32 cal, and in good shape, I'll pay you $40 each for them.
Link Posted: 5/21/2005 6:41:45 PM EDT
No, I don't own one, but I want one.

Please don't spread the word about these great pistols, the prices are already too high.

I will also take a hammerless 1908 in .380 ACP.

I have huge regrets about swapping a pristine Beretta 1934; this is what made me stop trading guns away. Another excellent pocket pistol.
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