Type IV .380 ACP nickel plated Pocket Hammerless Model 1908 made at the start of the Great Depression of the previous century... 1928. Serial Number just over 100000.
**Trades considered... Please see Additional Information box for information.**
Dimensions: overall length of 6.75" (3.75" barrel) and height from bottom of Colt magazine to top of rear sight 4.5" . Width of firearm is at a slim and concealable .75".
Weight: approximately 24 ounces
Stocks: smooth but checkered walnut with metal rampant Colt Stallion embedded on each side. (No cracks)
Condition is very good and bore is excellent. No box or holster. Excellent fit and finish with absolutely no rattle or looseness. One of the finest examples of craftsmanship of any Colt handgun I have owned. Nickel is all intact, is shiny, reflective and not peeling anywhere. The right side rear trigger housing has several small .125" scratch striations which appear to be holster or ring contacts. Rollmarks and serial number are strong but the Rampant Pony has some fading of its details where it is thumbed/grabbed to charge and discharge the chamber (see photo. In addition there is some milky-fading (not shiny area) of the rear slide nickel that would be exposed outside of the normal holster area. (see photo)
This 84 year old "Safe Queen" had been wiped and tucked away for a long, long while. It may have started life as an American Airline (precursor)airline pilot issued sidearm (circa 1930). Civilian pilots presumably had to carry a sidearm because they carried U.S. Postal Mail. There is no documentation to accompany or support this allegation but research does validate that another American Airway COLT Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless in nickel plating and in .380 ACP are within less than a 1000 units away from this serial number. See Sam Lisker's Colt Automatic Pistols website.
This is the epitome of a concealed carry handgun and is essentially snag free. It has the magazine safety removal mechanism that prevents discharge without an inserted magazine. Magazine is marked CAL 380 COLT.
There are three safety features:
1) Magazine disconnect
2) Hand-web safety (web of shooting hand must make contact with arch on pistol grip...
3) Strong side knurled thumb safety
Pistol is clean and will not disappoint. Hopefully it will be awaiting a better fate than what the Political Leaders in the State of ILLINOIS have in store for it and all other semi-automatic firearms.
Buyer pays $30 flat shipping to your FFL.
Trades Accepted: Trades of equal or less value considered. Please Email with proposals.... Good condition over and under 20 gauge desired or Winchester rifles, Marlin lever action.... (no 30/30 or 35 Rem in Marlin)... No handguns except for Sig 938 or Colts.