Colt 1903 Type III Heat Blue .32 ACP 3.75" Barrel
High Condition Manufactured in 1919 - No Reserve
Used Condition
FFL is required
Current Bid
$1,450.86
Starting Bid
$0.01
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Item 670100664
Location Rio Rico, AZ 85648
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Manufactured in 1919 - Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless - Type III - .32 ACP - 3.75" Barrel - Factory Original Blue Finish - Checkered Hard Black Rubber Sides - Molded Rampant Colt Monogrammed - Colt Monogrammed With Molded Stallions - Original 8 Round Two Tone Magazine - John Moses Browning Designed... Hallowed Be Thy Name

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This is the semi-automatic that all the gangsters has as their back-up piece. Al Capone, John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde all kept one concealed and at the ready. She was a favorite among law enforcement professionals as well. Quite a bit of history goes along with this classic Colt firearm. Up for auction is a vintage Colt 1903 Type III Pocket Hammerless 32 that was manufactured in 1919. This Colt has a serial number of 325956. The bore is in very good condition and all mechanical actions function with factory correctness. The hard black rubber sides are checkered and feature proud rampant Colt molded monograms. The factory original bluing on the frame is in very good condition showing minor wear from storage and handling. If you've got this far, you know what this gun represents…We have attached multiple Hi-Definition photos for your consideration. She comes as photographed. Enjoy the auction!

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless History

  • Type I: Separate barrel bushing, 4 inch barrel, no magazine safety, Serial numbers 1 through 71,999
  • Type II: .32 Cal separate barrel bushing, 3 3/4 inch barrel; 1908–1910, SN 72,000 through 105,050.
  • Type II: .380 cal separate barrel bushing, 3 3/4 inch barrel; 1908–1910, SN 001 through 6250
  • Type III: Integrated barrel bushing, 3 3/4 inch barrel; 1910–1926, SN 105,051 through 468,789
  • Type IV: Integrated barrel bushing, 33/4 inch barrel, magazine safety
  • Type V: Integrated barrel bushing, 3 3/4 inch barrel, military sights, magazine safety on both commercial and "U.S. Property" variations. SN 468,097 through 554,446

The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless (not to be confused with the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer) is a .32 ACP caliber, self-loading, semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning and built by Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. The Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless is a variant introduced five years later in .380 ACP caliber. Despite the title 'Hammerless', the Model 1903 does have a hammer. It is covered and hidden from view under the rear of the slide. This allowed the weapon to be carried in and withdrawn from a pocket quickly and smoothly without snagging. 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. The Shanghai Municipal Police issued the M1908 to its Chinese officers in the 1920s and 1930s and it was a popular back-up/off-duty Model with police officers in the United States. In addition to lawful owners, many gangsters of the pre-world War II era favored the Model 1903 and Model 1908 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. Bank robber John Dillinger was carrying this Model of pistol when he was shot by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934, and another famous bank robber, Willie Sutton kept one when was captured by police in Brooklyn on February 18, 1952.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless General Specifications

  • Make: Colt
  • Model: 1903 Pocket Hammerless
  • Type: Semi-Automatic
  • Designer: John M. Browning
  • Produced: 1903-1945
  • Numbers Built: ~ 570,000
  • Variants: 1908
  • Action: Single Action Blowback
  • Overall Length: 6.75"
  • Caliber: .32 ACP
  • Finish: Factory Original Blue
  • Barrel Length: 3.75"
  • Action: Semi-Automatic
  • Capacity: 8 Round Magazine
  • Weight: 24oz
  • Condition: Used Black – Molded Colt Medallions
  • Rear Sights: Drift Adjustable - Open Notch
  • Front Sights: Low Profile Blade
  • Serial number: 325956
  • Manufactured: 1919 - Hartford, Connecticut

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Manufacturer
Colt
Model
1903
Caliber
.32 Auto (7.65 Browning)
Barrel Length
4 inch
Capacity
8
Frame Finish
Blued
Slide Finish
Blued
Grips
Synthetic
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