Manufactured in 1914, this Military Model of 1902 pistol exhibits the mid-production high polish blue finish and spurred hammer which was standard by approximately serial number 37000. The left side of the slide is marked with the two-line patent date and two-line address arranged in two blocks with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations. The right side of the slide has the two-line caliber marking, "AUTOMATIC COLT/CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS". The left side of the frame has the serial number and "VP" and "1" on the left of the trigger guard. There are "crown/V" British proofs on the left rear of the slide and frame and two British proofs on the chamber of the barrel, indicating this may have been a private purchase by a British officer for use in World War I. It is fitted with blade and rounded top notch sights, a lanyard swivel on the lower left of the grip frame, checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colts and "COLT" banners, and an unmarked full blue magazine.
Fine, retains 60% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey-brown patina, primarily on high spots and the grip straps. The grips are also fine with a couple minor chips in the top of the left panel, some scattered light handling marks, and otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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