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Old 04-25-2017, 07:06 PM   #1
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Colt Police Positive

A few days ago I received a call from my LGS about a couple of things that had just walked into the store. They know what I like and have standing orders to alert me when opportunities arise. My choice was between this, nearly mint Police Positive .38 Special, or a well worn 1903 hammerless in .380acp. If the 1903 had been as nice as the PP I'd have snapped it up as well, but it was rather tired.

Colt Police Positive in .38 Special, manufactured in 1969.




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Old 04-25-2017, 09:47 PM   #2
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I bought a .38 Special Colt Police Positive with a 4 inch barrel for my wife as her first revolver. Mind you, her Colt has the square cornered 'square butt' and barrel shroud. She loves that gun so much is was the reason I bought her a first issue Detective Special for her EDC.
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Old 04-26-2017, 09:34 AM   #3
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Looks new Trooper. Nice find.
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It has been fired, but just barely and has just the slightest hint of holster wear. It's about as close to being mint as you can get without being such. I have one made in the 20s that isn't in nearly as good condition, so I'll be moving that one down the road. I've been jonesing for a 1903 and I really wish the one they had was in better shape.
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I would have taken the 1903 well worn or not as well without a second thought.
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:32 AM   #6
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I would have taken the 1903 well worn or not as well without a second thought.
I still may, if someone else doesn't buy it.
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I can't shake the desire for a nice 1903-1908 Colt hammerless. They just look right!!
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Your desire for a (or more) Colt's Pocket Automatics seems to be to be entirely reasonable... IMHO they are one of Colt's finest pistols...

I have some 1903 32acp Colts and 1908 380 Colt autos... they are really amazing guns in many ways... all of my 03/08 Colts have been completely reliable (more than I can say for many modern 380s) and are reasonably accurate as well.

HERE IS A 1903 made in 1921




I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET A GOOD PRICE ON THIS ONE:




My first of the Colt's Pocket Autos was this 1908 that was made in 1915... probably late 1915. It shows a bit of holster wear but is otherwise really nice... and shoots like a dream... It has the removable front bushing like a 1911.



The .380 version looked the same as the .32acp... even the magazines are interchangeable... as is the leather for the guns... This 1908 came from a quite elderly local gentleman who wanted to sell mot of his guns being too old to shoot any more (I think I would have to be horizontal to do that... but I digress.) It is a very nice gun... but the box is a little rough.









To my immense pleasure the box the gun came in had all the original papers:




I sure wish colt's would re-introduce these fine autos... with modern computer controlled machinery they should be easy and reasonably inexpensive to produce... but of course Colt's is not known for doing logical things....

Hopefully you will find some at really good prices.

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Chuck,

NOW, I REALLY have the desire!! Those are some beautiful old Colt's.....I am so jealous!! Thank you for showing them here. They just look so streamline, and well though out for a concealed carry handgun. These guns are icons, to me.

Colt is selling brand NEW 1903 pocket autos. They are made by someone else(can't remember the name of the company) and marked Colt!! They are reported to be an exact reproduction of the 1903, and are produced (limited production) in parkerized finish (General's sidearm), and in blued finish. They are a TON of money, but I am sure are being purchased by some folks. I have never seen one in person, but have read a number of articles about them. If memory serves(always a question), the parked models were $1,495, and the blued were $1695 MSRP. I have no idea if one could even purchase one of these at MSRP, or have to pay a premium.

I am a shooter, and not a collector these days. I would like a nice looking one, but not a pristine collector model. I will keep looking, and perhaps I will find the right one.
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I didn't realize Colt's had brought the Pocket Auto back... though the prices are astounding... maybe that is what has driven the recent price increase in the old ones...

For the price of a new one, you can buy a really, really nice original.

FWIW

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NOW, I REALLY have the desire!! Those are some beautiful old Colt's.....I am so jealous!! Thank you for showing them here. They just look so streamline, and well though out for a concealed carry handgun. These guns are icons, to me.

Colt is selling brand NEW 1903 pocket autos. They are made by someone else(can't remember the name of the company) and marked Colt!! They are reported to be an exact reproduction of the 1903, and are produced (limited production) in parkerized finish (General's sidearm), and in blued finish. They are a TON of money, but I am sure are being purchased by some folks. I have never seen one in person, but have read a number of articles about them. If memory serves(always a question), the parked models were $1,495, and the blued were $1695 MSRP. I have no idea if one could even purchase one of these at MSRP, or have to pay a premium.

I am a shooter, and not a collector these days. I would like a nice looking one, but not a pristine collector model. I will keep looking, and perhaps I will find the right one.
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