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There are those who've criticized the new repros, but if you don't have to insist on absolute authenticity, I think you can be quite happy with one. :)

I was, quite frankly, a bit doubtful about the Triple K mags, but the maker deals with TK directly on specs & this one ran like a champ.
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More info-

Product-improved version of the Colt originals.

US Armament hand-fits these, uses upgraded materials & heat-treatment.
Built to handle +P pressures & hollowpoints, which the original Colts were not designed to do.

Spare parts available, can be used for either these or original Colts, but WILL NEED HAND FITTING.
NOT DROP-INS.

No cast or MIM parts.

They are expensive, but they're built to be shot & they don't take modern shortcuts in manufacturing.
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Try looking at it this way:
I've liked the package for nearly 50 years.
Never got around to picking up a used Colt.

I can't buy a new Colt version, they have not been made in 70 years.
I want a shooter, I don't want a collector.
I want a NEW gun, not a worn out older gun.
Early Colt versions did not have the modern heat-treatment that these pistols do.

These guns have no MIM, no plastic, no castings.
I want the design.
I want quality.
I want it to shoot hollowpoints, which the older Colts may or may not do.
I want to be able to shoot it as much as I feel like shooting it.

I couldn't care less if it was made by Colt or not.
I'm buying the pistol, not the brand.
Buying the package & performance, not the history.

Colt produced five different generational versions of their pistols.
This new one doesn't really vary much farther in configuration or dimensions than Colt itself did over the years.

Externally, the only difference my non-collector eyes can pick out is the ball cut at the forward end of the slide (couldn't care less), and the gold medallions instead of the original silver (ditto).

In 1915 I could walk into a hardware store and buy a new 1903 if I liked the pistol.
That one would've been made by Colt, it would not have been heat-treated, it would not have worked well with hollowpoints.
It was never intended for high-volume shooting, or high-pressure rounds.

In 2015 I can buy a new 1903, because I like the pistol.
It doesn't happen to be made by Colt, but it's built with modern heat-treatment, it functions fine with hollowpoints.
It is intended to be fired a bunch if I want to & it can handle both higher volume and higher pressures.

Fabricated from machined steel & hand-fitted, the price reflects the older production style used in making the new pistols.
No shortcuts in materials or manufacturing.

I recognize that a pistol made this way will simply cost more in today's world, and in this case I'm willing to pay for it.
I'm buying the gun, not the name.
As long as the quality's there, I don't care who makes it.

This discussion also points out what the situation would be with the much-lamented Python.
The end purchase price if brought back would be $3000+.
You'd see the same people saying "I don't wanna pay that much for a new one (even if made by Colt), I can always just buy an old one." :)

It's all in how you view it. :)
I'm not trying to sell anybody on the gun, I'm just trying to inform those who do have some interest in it.
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It doesn't have to say Colt on it to be a quality AR15, and if Colt doesn't make one with features I want, there are other companies that do.
Same with the 1911. If Colt doesn't make one I want, I can buy one from somebody who does.

The name doesn't automatically sell the product, for me. :)
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Denis, my sediments exactly. I figure if ei8ht, with all his expertise, will purchase one, it can't be all bad.
U.S. Armament builds a great M1903.
I like it so much I bought a second one.
Then a third and a Forth.
I like the idea of being able to by a true "New in the Box" M1903.

I still buy the original Colt made M1903's too, but for a different reason.

In 380 it is almost the perfect handgun.
Soon I'd bet U.S. Armament will turn out M1908 380's.

Yes it is expensive, but then quality is never cheap.
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That "new in the box" is a major part of it, for me. :)
I wouldn't mind picking up another one, but I've got other obligations to meet at the moment.

U.S. Armament is a company to watch, they've got plans that should be interesting.

Wolf,
That high-polish blued General Officer's Model is the one I have here.
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Oh, I just have the older blue one. I like it and I will probably purchase the new one. I was told that a nickel one is on the way too.
 

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The US Property is just a small part of its charm. :)

If you're interested in any of these 1903/1908 versions, best not to wait too long.
The licensing agreement with Colt does put a cap on production, so they won't be around forever.
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The US Property is just a small part of its charm. :)

If you're interested in any of these 1903/1908 versions, best not to wait too long.
The licensing agreement with Colt does put a cap on production, so they won't be around forever.
Denis
I thought I had read that Colt itself would take over production after the US Armament license expired. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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