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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - June 2003
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380
Serial Number 1

 
Lowell Pauli Collection, photos by Sam Lisker

Colt Model M .380 ACP Serial Number 1 - shipped to J.R. Hegeman in 1908.  Mr. Hegeman, a vice president of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, of New York, was very active between 1885 and 1925, and was interested in Colt arms only. Hegeman was truly a pioneer in Colt collecting and presumably had some fantastic connections within the Colt company in order for him to own many production prototype and serial number one guns.

Close-up of left side serial number.

Right side of serial number 1.

Close-up of serial number 1.  Compare it to the close-up photo of serial number 15 below.  It's slightly different.


John W. Brunner Collection, photo by Sam Lisker

For comparison, here's a close-up of Model M .380 serial number 15.

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