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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - May 2004
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP, Factory "A" Engraved, Blue Finish with Mother of Pearl Grips

Colt 1903 .32 serial number 503095 – Factory engraved "A", blued finish, mother of pearl grips.  Shipped January 18, 1930.  Pistol was owned by Mr. Mauro Falletta who obtained it in 1930. Mauro Falletta emigrated from Sicily in the 1890s and began work in the Cadillac plant as an upholstery installer. He became interested in real estate and eventually owned a real estate company and an oil company that delivered home heating oil.  During WWII, he served as the local air raid marshal.  He Lived to the age of 101.

The factory letter confirms the engraving as Class "A" but does not list the mother of pearl grips.  This pistol was shipped on January 18, 1930 to Mr. Fred Moore at the Colt Armory in a single gun shipment and was processed on Colt Factory Order Number 17702/1.  The letter includes a remark:  "It is of interest to note that Mr. Fred Moore was employed by the Colt Company serving as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent of Machine Gun production."

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