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Is it unusual or common to find a magazine for the Colt 1902 or 1903 .38 Hammers without the "Cal.38" over "Colt"; in other words, just blank without anything but bluing ?
 

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First off lets address this by Model. 1902 mags roughly through about 8500 were marked with the 1894 patent date but no caliber marking , early ones were nickeled after 5000 high polished blue. The 1903 first 2000 had the patent date, by 1905 no markings and high polish blue, around 1916 in the high 38000 range stamped "CAL. 38 Colt" small font, letter size was increased several years later and toward the ends of production marking was changed to "PKT Colt 38 Caliber". Source of this info is Douglas Sheldon's excellent book " Colt's 38 Automatic Pistols" . I recommend it to anyone interested in the 1900, 1902 Military and Sporting and 1903 pistols.
 

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Me thinks, it was neither common nor uncommon. As Mike has pointed out many variations. But if you have one that's blank it doesn't mean it's not original.
 

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First off lets address this by Model. 1902 mags roughly through about 8500 were marked with the 1894 patent date but no caliber marking , early ones were nickeled after 5000 high polished blue. The 1903 first 2000 had the patent date, by 1905 no markings and high polish blue, around 1916 in the high 38000 range stamped "CAL. 38 Colt" small font, letter size was increased several years later and toward the ends of production marking was changed to "PKT Colt 38 Caliber". Source of this info is Douglas Sheldon's excellent book " Colt's 38 Automatic Pistols" . I recommend it to anyone interested in the 1900, 1902 Military and Sporting and 1903 pistols.
I knew I could count on you guys. Knowledge is worth it's weight in platinum. You just save me $200+
Thanks. That told me that the magazine I was looking at is not for the time period of my 1903 .38 Hammer.
Thanks again,
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