1904 dated Colt 1903 Hammerless Opinions & Value
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    M18644 1905 another Type 1 Model M’





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    Quote Originally Posted by Obiefox View Post
    Not that many good early ones out there..../snip/
    ...oh dear....
    Braaah-thhurr!
    I think I'm cool because I scrounged up some type Is & IIs, and then you go and put up one like what ours used to look like 115 years ago........I won't say it ain't fair, but it puts a dent/crimp I my style....enough so that I'm a little sheepish to post these......but will anyway, because they are type Is, after all.


    Do you think I could find single images of these?
    Ha! Not hardly! If they exist. I can't find 'em
    Top is a 1905, middle is a 1904, and the bottom one is a 1903.
    They are the only 4" Ms in my pile.
    Plunge cut serrations on the rear of the slide disappeared in 1905; my 1905 type I is #33696.
    'Browning's Patent' is on all of 'em. I am researching when the roll mark went to the newer inscription v. the last of the of 4" barrels. The small alterations occurred with such randomness that it is hard to pin down the time frame for changes for any particular pistol unless you are Brunner, Lisker, or Ei8ht...... etc.
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    I have track on the model:

    Colt 1903 Model M. Pistol in .32 ACP. Blue Book of Gun Values (39th Edition) indicates between $700 in 95% condition and $1,250 in 100% condition for this gun. I have 111 recorded prices for this model gun from $404 to $2,258 over a period of 5 Yrs 6 Mos ending April 5, 2019. The average price as of that date was $713. No refurbs, no refinishes, regular sights. No distinction for import location or engineering revision, if any, no special editions, no distinctions for box, papers, tools. Current or last MSRP is unknown to me. The last 10 prices I have for this model since 01/01/2019 range from $405 to $1,350 averaging $730.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post

    ... my 1905 type I is #33696.
    'Browning's Patent' is on all of 'em. I am researching when the roll mark went to the newer inscription v. the last of the of 4" barrels. The small alterations occurred with such randomness that it is hard to pin down the time frame for changes for any particular pistol unless you are Brunner, Lisker, or Ei8ht...... etc.
    I've got 34055 with the Brownings Patent marking.
    I vaguely remember looking at one in the 38k range w/o the marking.
    That's consistent with Patocki's book, which references a letter from Browning dated 22 January 1906 that released Colt's from using the patent marking.
    The first 50 or so 1905 Military's had the Browning Patent mark; they shipped mid-Dec to late January 1906.
    1905 Slide Legend 1.jpg


    >> back to regularly scheduled programming >>
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    I really like the early 1903/1908's. The fit and finish were amazing. You can feel the quality in them. The oldest one I have was made in 1904. Still a great shooter after 115 years.

    1904 Colt 32 A.jpg

    1904 Colt 32 C copy.jpg
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