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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - July 2007
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP
Early Type III
Serial Number 106716

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Serial Number 106716 Early Type III (left side) - with integrated barrel bushing and 3 3/4" barrel. (.32 sn range 105001 - 468000) (.380 sn range 6251 - 93000) This example, serial number 106716 (ca. 1910) has the early high polish finish and turquoise blue trigger, thumb safety, thumb safety screw, extractor, grip screw, magazine release and slide plug.  It retains much of its original high polish blue finish.  It has the Type I checkered Hard Rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in a circle at the bottom of each grip.  Full blued magazine has an unmarked floorplate.

Pistol was a single gun shipment to firearms dealer W.F. Sheard, Tacoma, Washington on November 11, 1910.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Serial Number 106716 Early Type III (right side)

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Serial Number 106716 Early Type III - Fire blue slide plug on 106716.  The most distinguishing characteristic between the Type II and the Type II pistols is the elimination of the separate barrel bushing that was present on both the Type I and Type II pistols.  The slide plug was replaced with a smaller version and the barrel had an integrated bushing.

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