This is a used Colt "Pocket Hammerless 1903" type III .32 ACP pistol.
Very minor wear; works and looks great. We would estimate approximately 70 percent or better on the overall finish. A well-kept piece.
Produced around 1925
Serial Number: 392xxx
The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless is .32 ACP caliber, self-loading, semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning and built by Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut.
These pistols were popular civilian firearms for much of their life, and also served as United States General Officer pistols from the 1940s until their replacement by the M15 General Officers pistol in the 1970s. The Office of Strategic Services issued the Model 1903 to its officers during World War II.
In addition to lawful owners, many gangsters of the pre-World War II era favored the Model 1903 because they were relatively small and easily concealed. It is said that Al Capone kept one in his coat pocket and Bonnie Parker used one to break Clyde Barrow out of jail after smuggling it into the jail by taping it to her thigh. (Sadly, the item for sale here is probaly _not_ the one used by Bonnie Parker.)
Special features include a serrated slide to prevent slippage during manual cycling of the slide, and two safety mechanisms (a grip safety and a manual safety). A magazine safety was added on later models. Despite the title 'Hammerless', the Model 1903 does have a hammer, but it is hidden from view by the gun's slide.
Caliber: .32 ACP
Weight (unloaded): about 22.57 oz
Length: about 8.07 inches
Barrel Length: about 3.75 inches
Capacity: 8+1 .32 ACP
Type III: Integrated Barrel Bushing, 3 3/4" barrel: Denoted by Serial Numbers between 105xxx-468xxx.
Trades Accepted: No
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