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Lot 1399: Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Fine Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Fine Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1902 Sporting
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 Colt auto
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 302
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

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.

Rating Definition:

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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