Manufactured in late-1905 or early-1906, 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 15200 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, early forward checkering on each side of the slide, a lanyard swivel on the lower left of the grip frame, checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colts and "COLT" banners, later production replacement barrel, and an unmarked later production replacement full blue magazine. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection
Very fine, retains 75% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish, 60% plus of the original nitre blue on the trigger, and traces of the original case colors on the hammer with the balance having thinned to a mostly grey-brown patina, primarily on the leading edges of the slide and the grip straps. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.
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