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Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Gun Pr0n #296

Today's gun was spotted at the gun shop in CO where a bunch of us stopped to gawk at a bunch of cool guns on a rainy Friday:


Yes, that is a Colt 1903 Pocket model in .32 ACP. It had been re-blued, which I wasn't a fan of (I prefer the original finish, or lack thereof) but it was done well. It looks very much intact, had a couple magazines, and generally tempted the living hell out of me while I was there. There aren't a whole lot of these guns out there, certainly not in condition like this, and the price was more than fair. Worst part is I even could have  picked it up with my C&R license...

Now, here's the interesting part. I don't own anything in .32 ACP. I have one old revolver in .32 Long Colt, but not a single thing in .32 ACP. Dad G. has a Seecamp in .32 ACP, but I do not have a single gun chambered in it. And close to 500 rounds of .32 ACP in the ammo locker, too. Someday - more than likely soon - I'll pick up a Pocket Hammerless to give one of these great old guns a good home. Just not this one, sadly...

Imagine that, though - they had pocket guns long before the CCW wave swept the nation...

That is all.

11 comments:

Angus McThag said...

Passing it up will burn.

I passed on a Genera Officer's model for almost nothing once. Turns out those parkerized guns are the rarest and most valuable.

The 1903 I have is a refinished item and it's not near so sweet as the one that got away...

libertyman said...

Can't read the sales price -- how much?

Jay G said...

$600. I was very tempted, but having already spent a bunch on the trip itself, I was not willing to face the wrath of coming home with *another* gun... ;)

Geodkyt said...

I have a strange fondness for the hammerless Browning designs in the .32, .380, and 9mm Browning Long chamberings.

For one, they just fit. . .

Tam said...

A refinished Type III for six bills? You made the right call; that gun was near double the price it should have been.

Tam said...

Oh, and: Big Pimpin'! :D

Angus McThag said...

!!! $600!!

Mine was $200 plus $175 to repair bubba's cold bluing adventure.

Firehand said...

Lately I've seen those WAY overpriced. One thing to see one in like-new condition(pricey), another to see a tag like that on a refinished.

If you can find one at a good price, grab it; they're fun suckers to shoot.

Anonymous said...

I have one in .32 ACP.
Not a whole lot of finish left but
it shoots fine.

I had been looking for one for a while and one turned up at a local
gun emporium while I had some cash lying around.

My daughter shot it and liked it a lot. She's shot 1911s and BHPs
most but liked the Colt 1903
just as much.

Jason in MN said...

My father still has his father's Colt 1908. It's essentially the same gun, except in .380 ACP. I believe his is from 1921. The family story has it that my grandpa took it from his brother when he was drunk and threatening his wife. Who knows if that is true or not. In any case, it's a lot of fun to shoot. I agree with others that $600 is pretty steep, but I can certainly understand why you were tempted.

mikee said...

I have two, the first an impulse buy and the second a "too nice to pass up" buy. They are fun to shoot. They were made in 1925 and 1927.

I passed up a pristine 1947 model and have been kicking myself since. It had a 30% premium in price over well-used older examples like my two.

I would have had a fine example of the fourth iteration of the Model 1903, which would hold value quite well, and a few hundred bucks as well, after selling my two older, non-pristine beater guns.

So when you see a really fine example of something, keep in mind that the one you want to own 10 years from now might be the one you should buy now.