Manufactured in 1905, this Military Model of 1902 pistol exhibits the early-production high polish blue finish and rounded hammer which was completely phased out around serial number 37000, when the numbers began ascending again from 30200 to 43266. This pistol was manufactured in the first serial number block descending from 14999 to 11000. The left side of the slide is marked with the two-line patent date and two-line address arranged in two blocks with the circled Rampant Colt at the rear. The right side of the slide has the two-line caliber marking, "AUTOMATIC COLT/CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS" behind the ejector port and "MODEL 1902" ahead of it. The left side of the frame has the serial number and "5" on the left of the trigger guard. It is fitted with blade and rounded top notch sights, a lanyard swivel on the lower left of the grip frame, checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colts and "COLT" banners, and an unmarked, slightly later production replacement, full blue magazine. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection
Fine, retains 50% plus of the original high polish blue finish with the balance having thinned mostly to a smooth grey-brown patina, primarily on the grip straps and high spots, and a few scattered patches of light pitting, mostly around the ejector port. The grips are also fine with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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