Hello out there.... I have a family pistol Colt Model 1902 Sporting 38 ACP serial # 28087, that was my paternal grandfather's. He acquired it likely between 1909 and 1912 and passed in 1939. Been in the family gun cabinet ever since I can remember. Online research indicates a gap in Colt's serial numbers from 10999 to 30000 in 1907, the last year the gun was produced. What could be a plausible explanation for my pistol having a serial number in the "gap"? Photos attached.
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