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What percent of Colt 1903 Hammerless Type I were made in 3 3/4 inch barrels? Since I have one, I had assumed they were common.
 

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My mistake it is 4 inches.
 

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Gotcha. There's several different sub-variations of Type I, like plunge-milled vs triangular serrations, 3 different (at least) slide roll-markings, etc.
Overall ~72K Type I and 572K total Model M's so percentage, roughly 12.5 %

Bear in mind though that the early ones had a lower survival rate, especially in nice condition.
Personally I like the first 10k, which had the Browning single date (1897) patent marking, plunge-mill cocking serrations, and no screw holding in the thumb safety.
It's the firstest and most basic version... but any Type I is special :)

The website has some really nice pics of each sub-variation
Colt Pistols and Revolvers for Firearms Collectors - Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Standard Variation Type I (coltautos.com)
 

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Barrel length is not the only design difference. On the 3-3/4" barrel, the bushing is incorporated into the muzzle end of the barrel itself.

Short barrel on left, Type II. Long barrel on right, Type I.

 

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That's a Type III on the left. The Type II had the 3 3/4" barrel but still retained the bushing and plug from the Type I.
The Type III introduced the integral lug.
 
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