Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1552: Pre-World War II Colt Match Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Pre-World War II Colt Match Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Super 38
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 super auto
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 540
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 285
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1934, this Colt Super Match .38 pistol shows the scarce "MATCH" only slide marking, found on pistols from approximately serial number 15000 to 19000. These .38 Super Match pistols were manufactured concurrently with the standard Colt .38 Supers, except they featured a deluxe, hand honed action and checkered match trigger with a hand polished super smooth trigger pull. Additionally, they received a highly polished Colt factory blued finish with all checkered grip panels. Approximately 5,000 of these special higher grade target pistols were produced in total. The right side of the slide is marked "MATCH/COLT SUPER .38/AUTOMATIC" followed by the Rampant Colt motif. The opposite side of the slide has Colt's address marking above the patent dates. The upper left front of the trigger guard is marked with "W/VP". The right side is marked "12/&" (factory rework mark). Fitted with blade and notch sights, polished chamber marked "38 COLT", circled "MB" on the left of the barrel lug, checkered slide lock, thumb safety, arched checkered mainspring housing, polished firing pin stop, checkered walnut grips, and a wide checkered hammer. It is complete with a two-tone magazine marked "COLT SUPER/38 AUTO" on the base plate. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish with some light edge/handling wear and numerous scattered patches of dark corrosion. The grips are very fine with a hairline crack on the bottom of the left panel and a few scattered light blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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