Colt Model 1902 Military .38 ACP Serial Number 13908 - This pistol was manufactured
late in 1903. Finish is high polish blue with fire blue small
parts and checkered black hard rubber grips. The hammer and
lanyard loop are color case hardened. It is one of approximately
3200 guns with the early style "nail file" type checkered front slide
Factory letter indicates that this pistol was shipped on November 28,
1903 to Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Company, London Agency, London
Accompanying this pistol is an early period British style
leather flap holster.
When the early style slide serrations were relocated to
the back of the slide, the "BROWNING'S PATENT" (left side) and "MODEL
1902" (right side) slide markings were no longer used.
The September 9, 1902 patent covered several features, but
the most significant improvement was the slide lock device. The
concept surrounding this John Browning designed modification was
utilized by Browning in the design of the Model 1911. The split
slide locks were used to create tension on the groove in the frame.
This variation was used until early 1907. Notice the two tiny
British proof marks on the slide under the Rampant Colt. These
proofs do not appear on the frame or barrel.
The takedown hole (which was no longer needed to disassemble the gun due
to the modifications as specified in John Browning's September 9, 1902
patent) remained as part of the standard machining process at Colt until
Second style 1902 Military magazine, full blue, marked "PAT'D
SEPT.9.1884". The earliest style of 1902 Military magazines were
nickel plated. In the high 13000 serial number range, the nickel
magazines were replaced with full blue variations with the same patent
marking. In 1905 inthe 12000 serial number range, the patent date
Top view of early slide lock showing hand checkering.
Early style round case hardened hammer with hand cut
High polish blue finish on top of slide.
Original British brown leather holster.
Rear view of British holster.
Close-up of markings/design on belt loop.