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Pistol - Colt Model 1903 Pocket, 1917 Object Reg. No: ST 026165

Colt Pocket Model 1903 automatic pistol, concealed hammer model, 3rd type, cal. .32 in., rifled round barrel 90 mm (3 3/4 in.) long without barrel bushing encased in slide, bladed front sight.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 208447, 1917.
Eight shot magazine located in butt, chequered ebonite grips with Colt rampant horse logo and the word 'COLT' framed betwen two horizontal lines. Crudely marked on frame R.H. side 'DP. 4214' Good original blueing retained on all metal components, with a yellowing residue mark on frame R.H.side above grip.
Statement Of Significance:
The 1903 Pocket model was the first of Colt's concealed hammer, or hammerless, pistols. Several new features appeared on this model, including the automatic safety at the rear of the grip which prevented the trigger being depressed unless the safety is compressed. Likewise, the model featured a 'slide lock' on the L.H.side of the frame and slide, allowing the slide to be locked in place when the hammer was cocked. The model was produced in three sub-types, the first with a 4 in. barrel with bushings; the second with a reduced 3 3/4 in. barrel with bushing and third type - as per this item - with a 3 3/4 in barrel without bushings. The serial number range for this third type is 105,050 to 572,215 when the model ceased production in 1945.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11.40 cm (Height), 2.60 cm (Width), 17.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 9.00cm (3 3/4 in.)

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Tagged with: pistols american, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on slide L.H.side: COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG CO/ HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.
Stamped on slide L.H.side: PATENTED/ APR. 20. 1897. DEC. 22. 1903
Stamped on frame L.H.side below slide: 208447
Stamped on triggerguard L.H.side: 'VP' in triangle (Verified Proof); 1
Model Name/Number: 1903 Hammerless 32 Pocket
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1917


dubie robert Posted on 17 May 2010 10:21 PM
i need some help
could you please send me the reels dimensions for a colt 1903 calibre 32 rimless smokeless,all details
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 May 2010 3:25 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Dubie. Can you find your answer in the dimensions listed above? If not, you may want to contact a local arms dealer for further assistance.

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