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Lot 1548: British Proofed Pre-World War II Colt Super .38 Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Very Fine British Proofed Pre-World War II Colt Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

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Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Very Fine British Proofed Pre-World War II Colt Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Super 38
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 super auto
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Catalog Page: 284
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1936, these Super .38 pistols were first shown to the public at the August 1928 Camp Perry National Matches, and were available for purchase by the start of 1929. The left side of the matching number slide is marked with the two-line address and patent dates, while the right side bears the caliber marking along with the Rampant Colt. The serial number is on the right of the frame, the left of the trigger guard is marked "P" over "VP", and the right of the trigger guard is marked "38". British commercial proofs are visible on the frame, slide, and correct circled "MB" marked barrel. Fitted with blade and notch sights, polished firing pin stop, wide checkered hammer, long grip safety, arched checkered mainspring housing, checkered grips, and a later production post-war replacement .38 Super Auto magazine. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% plus of the original blue with numerous light dings and scratches scattered throughout and some light edge wear. The grips are very good with some minor dings and scratches and a few flat spots in the otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically functions fine, although is quite stiff.



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