863. Belgian Contract Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Auto Pistol

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serial #201090, 32 ACP, 3 3/4" barrel with a lightly frosted bore. Approximately 24,002 Model 1903s were supplied by Colt to the Belgian government during the Great War. This pistol falls into one of the serial number ranges of model 1903s that were shipped between February 1916 and July 1916. The available records are not accurate enough to get a definite date of shipment but a letter would settle the question (The Colt Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistols by John W. Brunner). The pistols were regularly refurbished by the government as they saw considerable use. This 1916 made pistol retains about 50-60% arsenal grade blue with moderate edge wear, scattered oxidation blemishes, pitting and handling marks. Despite the refinish, the markings remain very strong. The checkered Type II hard rubber factory grips with Rampant Colt rate very good with light handling wear. The "[Diamond] A" proof mark applied at the factory is stamped on the left side of the frame behind the serial number. The pistol includes a single factory magazine. This salty old Model M would be a nice acquisition for the martial collector as it retains strong condition, has its original barrel and factory grips, many having been replaced during the refurbish process. (86520-1244) {C&R} [Richard "Stretch" Kennedy Collection] (500/700) SOLD FOR $977.50

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