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I was at my local gun shop today and picked up an old two tone mag, that looks very similar to the one for my Colt 1908. The only difference is the baseplate is marked "CALIBRE .380" and is not crimped.

At $22 dollars I bought it, since it seemed basically the same and fit my Model M just fine when I brought it in to compare. Pics are enclosed.

What's the story on these "CALIBRE .380" magazines and for what vintage Colt Model M is it if it all?



 

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1911er,

This is indeed a mag for the Model M .380. It was made in 1913/14 for s/n 15000 to 18000. It is a type III magazine ( pinned bottom, two tone blue, Calibre 380 ).

Mike;)
 

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Thanks for the info!

So this would pre-date mine by 7-8 yrs.

Either way, I guess I did "good"!
 

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The word "calibre" is primarily British but was also used by some Americans including Colt in the early 20th century. I have two factory manuals for the early Woodsman pistols and one says "Calibre" and the other "Caliber". Also don't forget that Britain was a sizable market for Colt at one time so some literature may have been targeted to them but ended up here in the States.
 
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