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      LOT 1551
Exceptional Serial Number 7 Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless
Semi-Automatic Pistol - Serial no. 7, 32
ACP cal., 4 inch round bbl., blue finish, hard rubber grips. Manufactured
in 1903, likely on the first day of production. These guns were favored by those on both sides of the law during the crime rife era prior to World War II due to their compact size and
concealability, and continued to be a popular sidearm for American officers during the war. The left side of the early barrel bushing slide is marked with the two-line, two-block Browning’s patent date and address, and circled
Rampant Colt behind the serrations. The right side of the slide is marked “AUTOMATIC COLT/CALIBRE 32 RIMLESS
SMOKELESS”. It is fitted with a rounded blade front sight and rounded top notch rear sight, nitre blued small parts, checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt and Colt scalloped banner, and an unmarked full blue magazine.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 97% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish and 95% plus of the original nitre blue with the balance having extremely light edge wear at the muzzle and on the back strap. The grips are also excellent with only the slightest handling marks. The
slide retracts properly, but the grip safety is frozen down and does not allow the striker to function.
Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection.
Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000
  SERIAL NUMBER 7
 LOT 1552
Pre-World War II Colt Match Super .38 Semi-Automatic Pistol - Serial no. 15489, 38
super auto cal., 5 inch round bbl.,
blue finish, walnut grips. Manufactured in 1934, this Colt Super Match .38 pistol shows
the scarce “MATCH” only slide marking, found on pistols from approximately serial number 15000 to 19000. These .38 Super Match pistols were manufactured concurrently with the standard Colt .38 Supers,
except they featured a deluxe, hand honed action and checkered match trigger with a hand polished super smooth trigger pull. Additionally, they received a highly polished Colt factory blued finish with all checkered grip
panels. Approximately 5,000 of these special higher grade target pistols were produced in total. The right side of the slide is marked “MATCH/COLT SUPER .38/AUTOMATIC” followed by the Rampant Colt motif. The opposite side of the slide
has Colt’s address marking above the patent dates. The upper left front of the trigger guard is marked with “W/VP”. The right side is marked “12/&” (factory rework mark). Fitted with blade and notch sights, polished chamber marked
“38 COLT”, circled “MB” on the left of the barrel lug, checkered slide lock, thumb safety, arched checkered mainspring housing, polished firing pin stop, checkered walnut grips, and a wide checkered hammer. It is
complete with a two-tone magazine marked “COLT SUPER/38 AUTO” on the base plate.
CONDITION: Fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish with some light edge/handling wear and
numerous scattered patches of dark corrosion. The grips are very fine with a hairline crack on the bottom of the left panel and a few scattered light blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection.
   Collector’s Fact
of only approximately
5,000 of these special high grade target pistols were produced.
     Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500
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