The Colt 1903 Returns

posted on May 12, 2015

Seen the Colt Bulldog Gatling? Well, the same guys have brought back the classic John Browning-designed Model 1903 in .32 ACP, also known as the Colt Pocket Hammerless or the Model M. This is a genuine Colt, and it bears the Rampant Colt on its slide’s rear as well as a handsome set of checkered walnut stocks set off by a gold-tone Colt escutcheons.

Made in the United Sates, this retro piece weighs in at about a pound and a half and is made of well-Parkerized steel. It has a 3 3/4” barrel and has the smooth lines of the original. Our test gun—which will be on “American Rifleman Television” next season, also has “U.S. Property” on its frame, much like a General Officer’s pistol. The eight-shot gun is beautifully made, but it has the abysmal sights of a century ago, as well a magazine release on the heel of the frame. It is a marvelous rendition of one of Colt’s greatest guns. I can’t wait for the polished blue version.



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