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Lot 1555: Pre-World War II Colt Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Pre-World War II Colt Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Engraved Silver Grips

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Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Pre-World War II Colt Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Engraved Silver Grips

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Super 38
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 super auto
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: silver
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 287
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1929, the first year of production. 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 "1" over "VP", and the right of the trigger guard is marked "20". Fitted with blade and notch rear sights, wide checkered hammer, long grip safety, arched checkered mainspring housing, sterling silver grips mounted with copper Maya calendars, diamonds, and Mexican eagles, and a two-tone .38 Super Auto magazine. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 60% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges and the grip straps, and some scattered patches of light pitting, primarily on the slide. The replacement grips are fine showing an attractive antique patina and crisp engraving. Mechanically excellent.



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