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Hi ei8ht,



I am pretty sure those Stocks are old Home-Made ones, and not a Colt option of the day.

They appear to be made of Quarter Sawn Oak, and, that was not a Species which Colt would have offered or used.

Also, their overall shape and the tool marks and irregularities in areas of their backs, would not co-respond to the details of a Colt Stock when such was made of Wood.

Both Screw escutcheons appear to have been set into slightly too shallow of a counterbore, and then filed down to be flush with the surface of the Wood, with the left side one being more filed down than the right.

This also is not what one would see if a set of Wooden Stocks were a Colt item.


No doubt they are old, and had been with the Pistol however long...but, I am confident that they were not what the Pistol came with from Colt.
Thank You for sharing your expertise on these stocks. I had nothing else to compare them to. It is good to know what their not.
I should do a Factory Letter, probably will say stocks unknown as usual. The two other PDNY Colts I have are with the normal hard rubber grips.
This one remains to be a favorite, the wood grips give it a "Been there Done that look" to me.
Many Thanks.
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The Wooden Stocks I have seen which were Colt options for the earlier period of the Pocket Hammerless Models, were Checkered Walnut...and I m-a-y recall seeing some which had the 'Fleur de Lis' feature, being, I suppose, a Deluxe Checkered Walnut variation.


I wish I had some examples to be able to say for sure what their details are, as well as that it would be nice to have some!
 

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That's a very nice Mod M, Elliot. I'd be happy to have one like yours.
Eventually I am going to have to address not having one.
I'd like a later .380 with original checkered walnut stocks, simply because I prefer .380 to .32 and I am a sucker for checkered walnut stocks and Colt pre war bluing.
 

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I'm new to the forum and wanted to post pictures of one of the pistols that initiated my interest in Colt collecting. For years I bought pistols and revolvers of various manufacturers with no real direction. Then one day my Father-in-Law offered to sell me a small group of Colts to raise money to buy an expensive SAA. This was one of them and the most expensive of the lot. That was about 24 years ago and you can guess "The rest of the story"
My photographic skills could stand improvement, I'll try to do better.

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I've really just been a reader rather than a poster, but I picked this up yesterday at a gunshow. First Colt auto, and although I wish it were in better condition, I can't complain about price. I'll admit that I'm addicted now, and I'm looking for more =) Serial number is 294XX.
That thing reeks of reality in a histoic context. Call it mystique, charm, nostalgia, or just call it 'cool'.
I love real guns in authentic original condition, that have their entire life spread all over it. That thing 'has it'.
 

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Auto, but not a pistol.

I didn't see any other place to post these. It is my second-oldest Colt. It is the Model 1921, subsequently modified for the U.S. Navy and delivered in 1928, hence the "8" stamped over the "1" in the date. For anyone who has fired the various models, the "Navy Overstamp" has a very slow rate of fire. The original Model 1921 was much faster, and the WWII M1A1s are also faster. Mine is mostly original.  A couple experts picked over it for me and said that a few of the internal parts are WWII military - M1928. Also, the drum is almost certainly not original.
Any time I show up at the range with it, Thompson collectors thump me for shooting it, saying it is way too valuable. I got it before the last round of insane price jumps and figure that if I can't shoot it I don't want it. I am NOT a museum! That said, I don't shoot it a lot and use only my handloads. I use 200gr or 230gr lead over a bees wax wad and WW231 to yield about 750fps.
The wear and tear on it speaks of times long past. Even so, it is "tight" and the wood is in excellent condition.
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