17. U.S. Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless Factory Modified Pistol

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serial #M137234, .380 ACP, 3 3/4" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 97% original blue, the areas of loss on the sharp edges and some of the high contact points. There are some very sparsely scattered, very light handling marks here and there and a few very minute spots of very sparse oxidation. The fully checkered walnut grips with silver Rampant Colt medallions rate excellent showing only some very very light compression or wear of the points, primarily along the butt area. This arm has the Colt factory-applied "M" denoting the arm was modified by Colt for function. It was determined by both the Navy and the Shanghai police, that Colt caliber .380 Pocket Hammerless pistols had a propensity for "failure to eject" and occasionally "failure to feed" malfunctions, and the Navy returned all of their unissued pistols to the Colt factory for modification of magazines and ejectors, the Army followed suit with a number as well. All of these corrected or "modified" pistols had a capital letter "M" stamped ahead of their serial number. All the markings remain crisp and legible including the "U.S. Property" marking on the right side of frame and an off-strike U.S. Ordnance wheel stamping on the left rear of frame. The included factory letter shows shipment to the U. S. Government Transportation Officer, Springfield Armory, for the Commanding Officer, in November of 1944. Included is a single Colt magazine, correctly stamped on its base with the factory-added "M", and the frame and slide are serial numbered alike; the magazine has been lightly cleaned and its body is mostly gray. Really a very nice and rare example of these factory updated Colt Model M's. (37644-31){C&R}[Kevin Williams Collection] (2500/4000) SOLD FOR $4,312.50

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