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Finally took a few new photos . Thought I'd share . Please feel free to ad yours as well !

US M1903 DA38 mfg 1904 w/ 1906 holster marked 1st Cavalry .





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US DA38 USN issue



 

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Nice looking "left wheelers",Guy. I like the "transition model",.41 Colt.I have one in 32/20,and dealer I got it from,thought it to be "a mongrel"-homebuilt, as it did not have the rebated or "step" by the trigger guard,that he thought ALL "left wheelers ought to have. Then I have an early Officers Model,that sadly was reblued,but is an excellent shooter-ONLY dare to use mild wadcutters(& the 32/20 doesn't get stiff handloads either). I agree fully about collectors ignoring these guns for years,but I also think that they were not seen as good shooters(too frail) and not "old" enough to be "collectors"(except the military versions).Does your Navy wear correct stocks?? The only one I've seen in person,had been sent to Britain in 1940 & returned all covered with "proofs" & the nicks & dents that was caused by the disrespectful way the Brits shipped many of them back here to dealers here in the 50's. In fact,the walnut stocks were the BEST part of the gun. Bud
 

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Thanks Charlie .
I've always had an interest in the old DA Army / Navy Colts . They were ignored by most collectors for years . Maybe that's what got me interested in them 25 yrs ago . Now days , it appears the prices have caught up .
Here's a pretty nice civilian DA 41 I picked up a few years ago .
 

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Hey GS: Nice pics and nice guns. I am a sucker for the old Colt DAs myself, especially the military guns. One of our members here has written a book on the DAs that I understand is now at the publisher. Maybe we will soon have a definitive book available to collectors on these interesting and historical guns. To go with my guns I like to pick up images of their use in contemporary settings. I thought you guys might like to see a pic of some Colt DAs in use by members of the 303 Infantry Regiment in 1918, surely close to the end of the DA's military career.

Charlie Flick

 

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Hey Charlie, great picture and it sure would be nice to find out why right hand shooters would be sporting left hand holsters, huh?

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Thanks guys !

lonewolf

Yes , the DA 41 is a last year , 1907 production model in the 281,ooo range .

Yep , the USN grips have been replaced at some point in time although no British proofs or "dings/dents" associated with Lend Lease guns . Also , I think a lot of these also were modified [during WWI?] by adding a lanyard ring .
The man I bought this from , not a dealer , just a guy that came to our store to sell it , claimed emphatically that his father carried it in WWII while serving in a Sherman tank . Not sure how he aquired it ? Private purchase or issued ? He was sure of the story .
Yes , Colt is "famous" for letting nothing go to waste . Being the buyer for our family gun shop , I have seen many examples of early features on later guns . I have one of the early 1930's New Service revolvers that utilized early frames and pre-WWI barrels , cylinders , etc . Mine is in 45 ACP with a 5.5" 1905 patent date 45 Colt marked barrel . The gun is almost new , but the early parts are obvious . I think they were able to assemble around 1,000 New Services . I thought it strange to keep that many frames sitting around for that length of time un-serial numbered ? They were numbered during assembly around 1933 . Maybe they were left over M1917 frames ? I'm sure this practice probably took place with other models as well .

Charlie

Great photo ! Where do you find these types of photos ? Thanks for sharing .
Yes , I corresponded with Bob pertaining to the DA Army / Navy revolvers . I have 7 of them . My Navy model extended his production range on those as mine was the last one reported in that block . I am looking forward to his book !
 

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RE: LH Holsters

I'm definately not well versed on this topic , but I believe that since these guns were older issue , so were the holsters . The saber / sword was once considered the primary weapon and was carried on the LH side to be drawn with the right hand [strong side] leaving the handgun to be carried weak side for LH draw . Or , I could be all wet ! :>)
 

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Any thoughts on my holster ? I don't see many for sale . This one is in pretty good shape for a piece of 98 yr old leather . The 1st Cav markings are pretty strong . Any thoughts on value ?

Thanks !

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