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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - April 2019
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP
WWI Belgian Contract (ca. 1915)

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 226496 - blue (reblued0 finish with Belgian replacement stocks with uncheckered triangle around the grip screw escutcheon and uncheckered boarder around each stock. This pistol was part of the 1915 Belgian Contract for World War One.  These guns were shipped to Belgium but the contract was prematurely cancelled and some of these guns with the Diamond "A" marking (on the left side of the frame to the right of the serial number) were shipped domestically.  Given the replacement Belgian stocks and the "ELG" Liege proofmark on the barrel (visible through the ejection port), this pistol was part of the contract shipment.  This pistol was shipped to the Government of Belgium on October 4, 1916 and was one of 1,500 guns in the shipment.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 226496 - right side

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 226496 - close-up of the Liege proof on the barrel visible through the ejection port.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 226496 - close-up of the Diamond "A" proof that was applied to most of the guns in this contract.

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