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Posted: 1/7/2023 11:16:58 AM EST
I want to buy an old Colt 1903 Hammerless in 32 acp but dont know what to look for aside from the obvious wear/ rust.  Are there any model variations aside from finish?  Any years better than others?  Appreciate the help. This will be a shooter.
Link Posted: 1/7/2023 11:20:52 AM EST
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What you want it for? Shooting? To collect it?

Later years will likely have better steel and heat treating, original finish makes a huge difference in price. Check barrel well for corrosion, you can't find replacements.
Link Posted: 1/7/2023 11:50:28 AM EST
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Originally Posted By fxntime:
What you want it for? Shooting? To collect it?

Later years will likely have better steel and heat treating, original finish makes a huge difference in price. Check barrel well for corrosion, you can't find replacements.
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Colt 1903 .32 ACP barrel
Link Posted: 1/7/2023 12:44:59 PM EST
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Colt 1903 .32 ACP barrel
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Originally Posted By erazor55:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
What you want it for? Shooting? To collect it?

Later years will likely have better steel and heat treating, original finish makes a huge difference in price. Check barrel well for corrosion, you can't find replacements.

Colt 1903 .32 ACP barrel


Dang, I'm impressed, duly noted. I'll have to keep them in mind, I'll occasionally go out and pop a few rounds out of mine.
Link Posted: 10/16/2023 1:54:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By erazor55:

Colt 1903 .32 ACP barrel
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I appreciate the link above. I just won a 1903 type 1 on GB (no pictures of barrel) so if it ends up needing a barrel I'll know where to go .

Thanks

Sarge
Link Posted: 10/16/2023 7:32:05 PM EST
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Collectors identify four types.  Differences are subtle.  As a rule early guns are more desirable but ultimately condition, accessories etc determine value.  USGI guns are top of the heap but rare.  Finish tends to be worn on most of these.  The hard rubber grips don’t age well and are often chipped.  Check the bore, corrosive ammo was the rule back then. The quintessential Humphrey Bogart pistol.
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