Manufactured in early 1905, this is a very fine example of a Colt Model 1902 Sporting pistol. The closest entries to this one, serial numbers 7849 and 7909, listed on p. 176 of Goddard's book, "The Government Models: The Development of the Colt Model of 1911", were shipped to W.R. Grace & Co. and Browning Bros. respectively. It has the standard two-line, two-block patent dates and address on the left of the slide and the standard "AUTOMATIC COLT/CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS" marking on the right between the ejection port and the slide serrations. The slide is fitted with a blade front and rounded top notch rear sight, early forward slide serrations which were standard until April of 1905, checkered rounded hammer, and a smooth trigger. The hard rubber grips have the "COLT" banners at the top and circled Rampant Colts at the center. The full blue magazine is unmarked.
Fine, retains 70% of the bright original high polish blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey-brown patina, most noticeably on the leading edges of the slide and the grip straps, and some scattered light scratches throughout. The grips are also fine with some scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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