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Lot 3384: U.S. Navy Contract Colt 1900 "Sight Safety" Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Extraordinary Original Documented U.S. Navy Contract Colt 1900 "Sight Safety" Model Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Extraordinary Original Documented U.S. Navy Contract Colt 1900 "Sight Safety" Model Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1900
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 Colt auto
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 549
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 205
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is just an extraordinary example of a scarce all original and documented Colt Model 1900 U.S. Navy contract sight safety Pistol. These pistols are rare and unique in original condition as they represent the 1900 U.S. Government contract of "automatic" pistols that was awarded to the Colt firearms company. These pistols have a very unique "sight safety" that blocks the hammer, and they were chambered for the 38 Colt Auto Rimless Smokeless caliber; both features were later changed/modified or dropped by the military, so original unaltered examples are very rare in this condition. This pistol is one of the original 250 Colt contract pistols that were shipped to the U.S. Navy in October 1900. These pistols were shipped in five lots, with this specific example being shipped in the third lot that was shipped out on Oct 29th, 1900, as listed on page 41 of "U.S. MILITARY AUTOMATIC PISTOLS" by Richard Ellis Publications/Edward S. Meadows. In this third shipment there were exactly 49 pistols shipped in total with all being shipped to the U.S. Government General Storekeeper, Navy Yard, Brooklyn New York. The right side of the pistol frame is marked with the Colt serial number "1106", and the Navy contract number "USN 106" is marked on the left side. The right side of the slide is marked: "AUTOMATIC COLT/CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS" in two lines in front of the ejection port. The left side of the slide is marked: "BROWNING'S PATENT/PAT'D APRIL 20.1897" in a two-line block followed by "COLT'S PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG. CO/HARTFORD. CONN. U.S.A." in a second two-line block ahead of the slide serrations. A small circled Rampant Colt is stamped on the left behind the slide serrations. A small Navy trident inspection mark is stamped on the right side of the trigger guard bow, with the Colt "VP/Triangle" proof mark on the left side of the trigger guard bow. The magazine is correctly nickel plated with the floor plate correctly stamped: "PAT'D SEPT. 9. 1884". The metal parts feature Colt's beautiful high-polish commercial blue finish, with nitre blued finish on the trigger and stock screws, a color casehardened finish on the sight safety and hammer, and it is fitted with plain walnut grips. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 98% plus of the bright original Colt high polished blue finish with minor high spot wear, showing typical minor light storage marks, scratches and nicks in the finish overall. The excellent grips retain most of their original varnish finish with light wear in the center of the grips, both panels also showing the typical light pressure dents and handling marks. This is just an exceptional, high condition, U.S. Navy contract Colt Model 1900 Sight Safety semi-automatic pistol. Don't miss out on this example as these are extremely rare in this original, truly exceptional condition!

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