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Old 05-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Colt's 1908 380

I posted this on a private forum and a friend there suggested there might be some interest in it here... so here goes... hopefully some will find it worth while.



This Colt's 1908 380 became available last week... I could not take delivery until yesterday however because of a local ordinance in an adjoining county requiring dealers hold new guns they buy for some weeks so the police can check it it is hot... which I don't much think they really do... but anyway...

I have noticed that I see quite a few S&W revolvers still in the original box... but Colt's in the original box are much less common... I'm not sure why this is the case, but at least to me it seems so... maybe it's just me... :-[

Anyway, when I saw this one with it's box I thought it might be good to have... so...

I am partial to the Colt's 1908, they are amazingly easy to carry and conceal, relatively light weight and reliable.

There has been quite a bit of discussion over the years of the use of grip safeties in Colt's pistols... some say the 1911 has one only because the army demanded it, but lots of Colt's designed (and FN Browning) pistols have this feature... including the 1908 so it seems like Browning must liked the feature.
Anyway the grip safety on the 1908 is very well executed and not obvious.

The magazine of course is the two tone type.

The single front locking lug on the barrel is interesting too... it makes the front bushing seen on the 1911 and some of the earlier versions of the 1908 un-necessary. The 1908 also has a bunch of small locking lugs at the chamber end of the gun too.

The gun also came with the instruction leaflet which is fun to see with a gun.

The good thing I suppose is I don't feel bad about shooting the other gun now that I have one for the safe.


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Old 05-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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Beautiful Colt 1908! Actually, I don't think I've ever seen one with the box.

You have a very special pistol there.


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Old 05-06-2012, 01:45 AM   #3
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VERY nice!

Mine is about same shape save a few places under the stocks where the nickel is flaking.

Have you dated it yet?

They actually shoot quite well once you get past the grip angle and the tiny sight-like bumps atop the slide.

BTW, Wolff makes a service pak with all the springs for one.


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Old 05-06-2012, 05:50 AM   #4
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I had a US Property once. Lovely gun.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Fine 1908 380 with box and its value could be $1100-1200 easy to a Colt collecter. I use to carry one in the 1970,s with Lee Jura,s Super vel HP back in the day and it was reliable&thin.
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