sweet looking pistola you have there. the nickle finish does look to be in good shape.
It's a shame that the pearls were damaged. The ones I have on a later M1903 have a backing, secured with screws, that sits in the "cutout" of the grip and these prove sturdier than the panels without the backing (both factory). I won't fire the pistol with old pearls to ensure against damage so I have factory black grips for that occasion. Could you show the Rampant Pony in the circle? The VP stamping, while small, should still exhibit the initials "VP" (serified) and I believe that year (1908) the top of the V to the right side of the P should be one straight line with a connecting line at the bottom as well. In 1917 the proofmark changed and some were very small. Reference is from Brunners book "The Colt Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistols II". Sam Lisker has seen many more nickeled specimens than I but that one looks exceptionally well preserved for a 106 year old M1903. Not intimating it might be a refinish, but that VP marking isn't as crisp as it should be. Some old refinished pistols had remarkably crisp rollmarks/stampings but the VP always suffered. Nice pistol in any event. See if you can find some period correct hard rubber grips.
My broken grips didn't. I wonder if that's partly to blame for their demise.To be clear. Are you saying that some factory pearl grips came without the screwed on backing shoes?
I dont believe that those are factory pearl, but I could certainly be mistaken.My broken grips didn't. I wonder if that's partly to blame for their demise.
I am, do you have a lead, or one of your own that your willing to pass on? Thanks ei8ht.Very Nice Addition to your Hammerless Collection. Are you still looking for a Type-1 32?
I have good leads on both of those. I'll keep you posted. The 1905 might be a reblue it's been almost a year since I've seen it.Won't sell any but might use for trade + $ for early long slides especially 38 acp 1900's and 1905 45.Consider PM
I missed your request the first read. Here you go. Remember though she is a .380 and the colt is not done in the earlier style.Could you show the Rampant Pony in the circle?
You are so very correct, I had .32 on my brain, apologiesI missed your request the first read. Here you go. Remember though she is a .380 and the colt is not done in the earlier style.
A bit of good news, the left panel is not damaged! There is a chip near the thumb safety but it is a natural occurrence of the pearl and is filled with decades of gunk. Any suggestions on cleaning the grip will be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone has a right side stock that doesn't have a mate I would be interested in purchasing it.
Thanks to all for your comments. Pics suck, I know. Nickel is difficult to photograph.
You are correct.I dont believe that those are factory pearl, but I could certainly be mistaken.