Colt Model 1900 Sight Safety Serial
Number 2356 - The Colt Model 1900 is the first Browning
designed automatic pistol model licensed to and manufactured
by Colt Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company. With the
exception of the 200 Second Army contract pistols (that were
manufactured with forward slide serrations), front slide
serrations on commercial examples began at approximately
serial number 2000. This pistol was manufactured in 1901,
the second year of production and is the second variation
of the Model 1900 with front plunge milled serrations, high
polish blue, fire blued small parts and smooth walnut grips.
Pistol was one of six guns shipped April 13,
1901 to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company, Chicago,
According to a published list of observed
serial numbers, 2356 is 100 numbers from the end of the use
of smooth walnut stocks for this model. The slide is
numbered to match the frame.
Colt Model 1900 left side slide markings are
"BROWNING'S PATENT" over "PAT'D APRIL 29, 1897" and COLT'S
PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG CO." over "HARTFORD CONN U.S.A."
Serial number 2356 is on the left side of the frame above
Colt Model 1900 Right Side - "AUTOMATIC COLT" over
"CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS". Slide features forward
plunge milled serrations.
Colt 1900 sn 2356 - finish on top of slide.
Colt 1900 sn 2356 - rear grip strap, rear of hammer and
Colt 1900 sn 2356 - finish on underside of slide.
Colt 1900 sn 2356 - finish on front grip strap, smooth
walnut stocks and fire blue on trigger.
Colt 1900 serial number 2356 - Hammer and sight safety
Colt 1900 serial number 2356 - Front convex plug with fire
Colt 1900 serial number 2356 - original nickel plated
magazine marked "PAT'D SEPT.9.1884" on base.