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    Four Colt 1905's

    Several years ago my wife and I attended a show in Kansas City. Late in the day on Sunday a gentleman came by my table and said I guess there are no 1905's in the show. Told him there was at least one. It was on my table and happened to be cut for the shoulder stock. He asked if I would like more. Told him yes. Turns out he had nine. We arranged to meet down in Kansas after the show. He told me up front, it was all or none. Met in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere. Picked out a few I wanted. Was promptly reminded it was all or none. Mentioned I didn't have enough money for all of them. Had to ask my wife how much cash I had. It was well short of the total. He asked if I had a checking account. Said I did, but not enough money to cover the balance. Long story short, got all nine. Wrote him a hot check with the agreement I would let him know when it would clear. He hands me all nine pistols and told me to call him when the check was good. It must have been my honest looking face. Unfortunately I could not afford to keep all of them. It was fun to have them while I could. Here are four of the nine. Can't find my picutures of the group.
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    Nobody would make up that story

    Pretty cool
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    Superb " wheelin' & dealin' " My Friend !!

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    Wow, Very nice.
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    None of those pictured have cylinders, so I'm assuming they're automatics. So they are Model 1905s, how do you distinguish between those that have hammer spurs and those with rounded hammers? In my fuzzy clouds of memory, one is the Sporting Model, and 'tother is Military Model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobWright View Post
    None of those pictured have cylinders, so I'm assuming they're automatics. So they are Model 1905s, how do you distinguish between those that have hammer spurs and those with rounded hammers? In my fuzzy clouds of memory, one is the Sporting Model, and 'tother is Military Model?

    Bob Wright
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    The 1902 Sporting and the 1902 Military are .38ACP autos. The Sporting had the same high spur hammer as the Model 1900 mixed in with the round stub hammer until Colt used the spur hammers up in mid-1904, the round stub hammer was then used for the remainder of production, ending in 1907. The stub hammer was used on the 1902 Military until the end of 1908 and then was replaced by the low spur hammer for the remainder of production, ending in 1928.

    The original stub hammers on the .45Acp Model 1905 had been replaced by several different type later spur hammers as of the later part of 1908, c. sn 3615.

    Al

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    "Honest looking face"? It must be angelic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 73shovel View Post
    Bob

    The 1902 Sporting and the 1902 Military are .38ACP autos. The Sporting had the same high spur hammer as the Model 1900 mixed in with the round stub hammer until Colt used the spur hammers up in mid-1904, the round stub hammer was then used for the remainder of production, ending in 1907. The stub hammer was used on the 1902 Military until the end of 1908 and then was replaced by the low spur hammer for the remainder of production, ending in 1928.

    The original stub hammers on the .45Acp Model 1905 had been replaced by several different type later spur hammers as of the later part of 1908, c. sn 3615.

    Al
    Understand. And thank you.

    Bob Wright
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    Great story. Extremely rare to even see two 1905s in one spot much less nine. I wonder where the other 5 went? Why did you decide to keep these 4 rather than one or more of the other five?
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    Fascinating story with a happy ending. Congrats on that Colt arsenal score.
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