Manufactured and shipped in 1900, this pistol was part of a limited order of 250 pieces made by the United States Navy for testing purposes. Initiated independently of the Army trial series, the Navy was interested in the 1900's virtues as a sea service sidearm. The Navy pistols were made in a serial number block of 1001 to 1250, bearing both Colt's serial number and a Navy inventory number; this pistol was #32 in the series, likely shipped in the first batch in mid-October. Like many 1900s, the "safety conversion" has been performed on this example, replacing the novel combination rear sight and safety with a more orthodox fixed notch arrangement. Blade front and notch rear sights, with a set of later rear-cut slide serrations, two-block address and "BROWNING'S PATENT" markings on the left side, and the caliber marking on the right. The frame is marked "1032" and "U.S.N. 32" on the right and left, respectively, with a "trident" inspection mark on the right side and the "B in triangle" mark of Lieutenant Charles Brand on the left. The slide is matching numbered 1032 to the frame. Fitted with a casehardened spur hammer, niter blue conversion components and trigger, and smooth hardwood grips. This pistol is identified by serial number in Meadows' "U.S. Military Automatic Pistols, 1894-1920" on page 41.
Fine as factory sight safety converted/refurbishe, 50% of the blue finish, showing areas of mixed dark gray patina with pitting, especially on the left side of the slide and frame as well as on the grip frame, areas of streaked brown patina, bright edges, and scattered scratches and handling marks. A few flat spots are visible on the serrations; these flats are still blued, suggesting a factory error or inspector oversight. 40% niter blue is present on the small parts, with about half of the faded case colors on the hammer. Grips are good, with some light dents. Mechanically excellent.
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