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Posted: 3/16/2005 10:23:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2005 10:56:55 AM EST by Agent7]
I just bought this today. It's a 1903 Colt Pocket Auto. I think it's one of the_sexiest pistols ever made. They are pretty easy to find in rough condition, but a 99% one is nearly impossible to find. 5 years of searching has paid off. I'm in love.



Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:28:52 AM EST
Did you get that from Keith down at Reds??
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:29:00 AM EST
congrats........it's beautiful
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:29:41 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:30:51 AM EST
That is really nice. Enjoy it!


ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:31:17 AM EST
Sweet!
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:32:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2005 10:36:47 AM EST by motown_steve]
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:34:07 AM EST
It's purdy alright.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:39:01 AM EST
Is it a refinished? I ask as I have only seen one of those in the last 15 years that had a finish that clean on it.

CH
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:40:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By Agent7:
...it's one of the_sexist pistols ever made.

members.roadfly.org/Agent7/guns/colt_1903.jpg
members.roadfly.org/Agent7/guns/colt_1903_a.jpg



They are, in fact, everything the 1911 wishes it was. Good job.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:40:27 AM EST
Most of the 1903's with no finish shoot as well as a new one - they were carried but not shot much.

These are sleepers, and I will buy the first .380 version I find that's anywhere near that nice.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:51:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By arpaul:
Did you get that from Keith down at Reds??



I think he got it from Red at Keith's.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:54:20 AM EST
I bought one of those in .32 as a present for an ex-girlfriends step-dad. It looked nearly as nice. Sweet guns, maybe one day I'll look for one for me.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:56:11 AM EST
First handgun I ever shot. Good score.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:56:34 AM EST
I bought it off of an ad. Not in Austin.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 10:59:46 AM EST
Gorgeous iron!
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:00:39 AM EST
Beautiful pistol.

Just as a side note.....

Once, President Teddy Roosevelt was in a receiving line shaking hands with folks, when his Colt .32 slipped out of his belt, slid down his pants leg, and onto the floor.

He just picked it up, stuck it back in his belt and went back to shaking hands.

Oh, to return to the days when the President carried a pistol on his person.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:03:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By olds442tyguy:
First handgun I ever shot. Good score.



It was the first handgun I ever shot as well. My Dad still has his 1903, which is the first handgun he ever bought. I taught my Daughter how to shoot on my Dad's 1903.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:03:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By arpaul:
Did you get that from Keith down at Reds??




Do they have a mint one at Red's? If so, how much are they asking?
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:11:20 AM EST
That's sweet. I've always liked those, too.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:20:10 AM EST
Wow. Thats a beauty. Mine has most of the finish worn off, but it still solid.Mine was built in 1904 making it my oldest gun.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:21:07 AM EST
That's one of the nicest ones I've seen.

Those are fun to shoot - in fact that's the pistol that convinced me I wanted a 1911.

Enjoy it.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:35:17 AM EST
I have a treat for ya:



She is in rough shape finish wise, but is still dead reliable. This is one of the first 1903's made, as it has the 1911 style barrel bushing that was eliminated in later models. She is chambered in .32 ACP, and cost a whopping 200 bucks.

It will probably survive another 100 years....
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:36:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Agent7:
I just bought this today. It's a 1903 Colt Pocket Auto. I think it's one of the_sexiest pistols ever made. They are pretty easy to find in rough condition, but a 99% one is nearly impossible to find. 5 years of searching has paid off. I'm in love.


members.roadfly.org/Agent7/guns/colt_1903.jpg
members.roadfly.org/Agent7/guns/colt_1903_a.jpg



Wow. That is a really nice specimen, seemingly a later model.

How much did you pay for that one? Are you sure the finish is original?
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:38:16 AM EST
Sweet.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 11:58:04 AM EST
Nice find. I've got one of those, too.

There were a few variations of these. Some had barrel bushings; the later ones didn't. The earlier ones didn't have the magazine safety. I'm pretty sure that the M 1903 was the .32 ACP version, and the M 1908 was the .380. One interesting version is the one marked "U.S. Property." These were issued to Air Corps officers in WWII, and I believe they were Parkerized.

I've always thought it would be cool if Colt manufactured a scaled-up version of this pistol, chambered in .45 ACP, of course. Turns out that Colt did make a .45 similar to this in "hammerless" form prior to 1911. I'm not sure if it had the 'Tactical Extractor' like its smaller brother, the 1903. It resides in the Colt Museum in Hartford.

Here's mine:



FITTER
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 12:04:36 PM EST
SWEET! My hubby would love to find one of those. He is an avid Colt collector!
Lucky
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 12:07:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:
Is it a refinished? I ask as I have only seen one of those in the last 15 years that had a finish that clean on it.

CH




It's all original. The guy that sold it to me, sold it because he replaced it with an unfired one in the box. Fooking lucky bazzard.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 12:11:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By FITTER:
Nice find. I've got one of those, too.

There were a few variations of these. Some had barrel bushings; the later ones didn't. The earlier ones didn't have the magazine safety. I'm pretty sure that the M 1903 was the .32 ACP version, and the M 1908 was the .380. One interesting version is the one marked "U.S. Property." These were issued to Air Corps officers in WWII, and I believe they were Parkerized.

I've always thought it would be cool if Colt manufactured a scaled-up version of this pistol, chambered in .45 ACP, of course. Turns out that Colt did make a .45 similar to this in "hammerless" form prior to 1911. I'm not sure if it had the 'Tactical Extractor' like its smaller brother, the 1903. It resides in the Colt Museum in Hartford.

Here's mine:

images9.fotki.com/v166/photos/2/262472/1782896/19031jpeg-vi.jpg

FITTER




VERY NICE!!! I just love these old Colts. If you've ever looked inside the 1903, the trigger/hammer/sear/safety is very similiar mechanically in design to a 1911. John Browning rocked!!!
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 12:21:33 PM EST
A friend of mine back in Missouri was given one of those by his grandmother after his grandfather passed away. It was a chrome plated model and was in kinda rough-looking shape.

We tied it to a fencepost and pulled the trigger with a piece of heavy duty wire to see if it would explode. It didn't. So he got a manual for it, broke it down and cleaned it. Operated like a champion.

For the St. Louis area folks, we used to go down to right where the Meramec river empties into the Mississippi river. There used to be HUGE gar there. We'd take a 12 pack, a heavy duty rod and reel and a pound of hotdogs for bait. We'd take turns, one guy on the rod & reel, one guy on the .32 Colt. When we were bored it was tons of fun for a couple of 22 year olds. We considered it great sport to try and hit a thrashing gar with that thing. We caught some big-uns, lemme tell ya.

BTW: That's one sharp looking handgun you have there. I'm sure someone will tell you that it's NOT worth carrying as a CCW piece-though it seemed to be back when it was manufactured. Certainly better than a pointy stick.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 1:45:33 PM EST
For those who are interested in the instruction sheets for these pistols, print out the four pages from this pdf file:

www.coltautos.com/pdf/Colt1903ph.pdf

password is 'coltautos.com'

FITTER
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 1:47:01 PM EST
Wow.....
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 2:13:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By gamesniper:

BTW: That's one sharp looking handgun you have there. I'm sure someone will tell you that it's NOT worth carrying as a CCW piece-though it seemed to be back when it was manufactured. Certainly better than a pointy stick.



Hell I have a Kel-Tec .32 I keep on me in the house when I don't want to be wearing something bigger. Not the best gun in the world, but a mag full of Cor-Bon hollow points is gonna ruin someone's day.
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