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Colt M1903 Type II & Colt M1908 Type III Pocket Hammerless












*Brick from the old Colt Armory in Hartford, CT

The Colt Armory was built on a site beginning in 1855. Low-lying, often flooded meadows were set off from the river by a dike and drained. The dike and earliest armory buildings were completed in 1855.

Samuel Colt's mansion Armsmear was constructed the following year on a hill overlooking the armory. Shortly afterwards Colt added twenty six to eight family houses (10 of which still survive) on Huyshope and Van Block Avenues for his skilled workers.

Colt's 1855 East Armory was almost totally destroyed by a disastrous fire in 1864; only two small outbuildings remain of this original construction (the Forge and the Foundry). The West Armory (built 1861) was demolished before World War II.

After the 1864 fire, the East Armory was rebuilt on its predecessor's foundation, to designs by General William B. Franklin, the company's general manager and a former U.S. Army engineer, and completed in 1867. It is a 5-story brick structure with brownstone accents, 508 by 61 feet in dimensions, with its main entrance in the center of a five-bay pavilion projecting 10 feet from the main facade.

The building is capped with a distinctive onion-shaped, sheet metal dome, painted deep blue with gold stars, and resembling that of the 1855 armory. A gilded ball sits atop the dome, above which is a gilded fiberglass replica of the original "Rampant Colt". (Its gilded wood original is now on display at the Museum of Connecticut History at Connecticut State Library.)



Four Porter-Allen steam engines drove the armory's machine tools through a maze of shafts and belts. Mark Twain, who lived in the nearby Mark Twain House, visited Colt's armory in 1868 and described it thus: "It comprises a great range of tall brick buildings, and on every floor is a dense wilderness of strange iron machines… a tangled forest of rods, bars, pulleys, wheels, and all the imaginable and unimaginable forms of mechanism… It must have required more brains to invent all those things than would serve to stock 50 Senates like ours."

Today the factory complex includes: the Forge Shop and the Foundry (from the original 1855 factory); the East Armory with its distinctive blue onion dome, rebuilt in 1867; the South and North Armories (1921), the Machine Shop, Warehouse, Power Plant, and Garage, built in 1916 to accommodate World War I production; and the World War II Office Building (1942).

The state of Connecticut has been trying to place the complex under the administration of the National Park Service as a National Historical Park, similar to designation granted the Lowell National Historical Park, another important site in the history of American industrialism.

In 1994, Colt's Manufacturing Company vacated the Hartford complex amid financial difficulties, consolidating operations at a West Hartford, CT location opened in the 1960s. A former tenant in the East Armory, U.S. Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, originally manufactured replicas of historic Colt pistols, before diversifying and discontinuing the replicas.

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The concern I would have, besides the seller, would be the slide to frame fit. Look at picture 17. The fit and rounded edges shown here don't look like a new gun to me. The slide plug shows more wear then the rest of the gun. Maybe it was taken down a lot as these were fire blued and more susceptible to wear.
 

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I think it is correct and original. Here is one of mine. Serial numbers are close. I know mine is 100% original. Rear of the slide and frame look the same. Based on what I'm seeing, I think $1800 would be a bargain. With seven days to go, will be interesting to see what it goes for.




 

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The concern I would have, besides the seller, would be the slide to frame fit. Look at picture 17. The fit and rounded edges shown here don't look like a new gun to me. The slide plug shows more wear then the rest of the gun. Maybe it was taken down a lot as these were fire blued and more susceptible to wear.

The slide to frame fit in pic. 17 appears consistent with an original Type III finish to me.
 
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