COLT Model 1903 POCKET HAMMERLESS .32 ACP Caliber Semi-Automatic C&R PISTOL
WORLD WAR I Era Self Defense Pistol
Here we present a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol manufactured in Hartford, Connecticut in 1905. The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless was a short-recoil, semi-automatic pistol, designed by the American arms designer John Moses Browning. 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. Despite the title “hammerless”, the Model 1903 does have a hammer. The hammer is covered and hidden from view under the rear of the slide. This allows the pistol to be carried in and withdrawn from a pocket quickly and smoothly without snagging. Approximately 570,000 Colt Pocket Hammerless pistols were produced from 1903 to 1945, in five different types. Some were issued to U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force general officers from World War II through the 1970s.
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. 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.
The overall condition is good. Gray patina. The action is excellent. The bore is a bit dim with thinning rifling. The grips are in good shape.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 4 inches.
Caliber: .32 ACP
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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