Penetration would be considerably better than the 60- and 65-grain hollowpoints, and, at these pedestrian velocities, their expansion may be a sometimes thing. The gun was given a manual safety as well as a grip safety. The quality of workmanship and finish on the early versions of this gun were the finest in the world at the time. The eight-round magazine has witness holes to show the number of rounds remaining in it. Guns with the serials of more well-known owners, such as Dwight D.
As early as World War I, the British purchased several thousand from Colt, following this procurement with another batch in 1921 because of the troubles in Ireland. The rifling is pretty sharp, but the bore is a bit frosty. The gun could also be disassembled without tools, which was another military preference. The Rampant Horse and Colt logos are registered trademarks of Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc. Armament 1903 is a more than creditable recreation.
I have found no books or written information on this gun, containing exact serial numbers by year. In 1924, they were changed to checkered walnut with medallions, one on each side, featuring the rampant colts oriented so that they faced forward on both sides. The barrel may be removed from later guns by turning the barrel back to its normal position and withdrawing it from the front of the slide. Cock hammer and withdraw slide from the rear. At that point, they were substituted with. The Colt 1903 Assembly Manual, founded in June 1998, is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of the 1967 to 1973 Mercury Cougar and represents Cougar enthusiasts in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
They were generally Parkerized and had U. Pull the slide back to cock the hammer and release. With the left side of the pistol facing down, depress plug completely while pushing on right side of slide lock. Though Colt had made its reputation on revolvers, just before the turn of the 20th century, company executives realized the auto pistol was going to be important and began looking at designs and chumming up with promising inventors — including John Browning. These are for the mainspring, but are a sloppy fit until the mainspring is compressed, so watch the alignment as you proceed.
An alternative to using a rubber band to hold the grip safety in position is to use a thin slave pin. The gun is easily reassembled. Now while continuing pressure on trigger and grip safety, I place the hammer roller between the mainspring leaf and grip safety, pressing the hammer down onto the leaf using my left thumb. In 1908, a version chambered for the. Magazine capacity is eight rounds. The very earliest guns had a different medallion for each side, so that the colt faced forward on both sides, but by the end of 1926 they were using the same medallion on both sides, so the colt always faced to the left. Grips are genuine checkered walnut and feature the gold Colt Medallion.
Reassembly is basically in the reverse order, but you have to turn the barrel ever so slightly to get the slide back far enough to lock the barrel lugs into their corresponding cuts in the frame. Light, compact, accurate, and a natural pointer, the Colt 1903 Pocket Auto retrofitted with modern sights remains a great little pistol, but a difficult one to reassemble. The Colt Model 1903 is a blowback-operated, single-action semi-automatic pistol with an eight-round single-stack magazine. The Model 1903 made use of a single-action blowback firing action. Even the Russian Tokarev is said to have profiled the Colt design as well. As well as Browning's initial pistol, it was the first semiautomatic pistol to have a slide and to be chambered for the 7.
The first variant had a four inch barrel, a separate barrel bushing similar to the one eventually used on the 1911 Government Model. It contributed greatly to the fine accuracy I was rewarded while qualifying with it as an off-duty gun for my police department. The barrel was firmly secured to the receiver by a series of lugs on the underside which mated with slots in the receiver. Typical parts that wear out — sear, mainspring, firing pin, extractor, etc. All with the sear tipped forward and the disconnector pressed downward. This one happens to be a punch. Type Place of origin United States Production history Designer Manufacturer Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut Produced 1903—45 No.
It was decided that an attenuated version of the 1902 could be marketed as a pocket pistol, so a year later the Model 1903 Hammer auto appeared. This resulted in the production of another 138,010 guns. Move the slide back until the takedown arrow on the left front of the slide is even with the front edge of the frame, and rotate the barrel to the left. A loaded magazine holding up to eight rounds is inserted into the butt, the slide then retracted and released. With the heel release, the shooting hand maintains the normal grip, while the thumb of the support hand pushes back on the release and the support-hand index finger pulls the magazine clear of the frame.