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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - November 2007
Colt Model 1903 .32 ACP (Model M)
Serial Number 378031 (ca. 1921)
With British Proof and Broad Arrow marks

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 378031 - blue finish with third type black hard rubber grips.  Pistol was a WWII bring back by Master Sergeant Roy E. Harris.  Pistol is British Broad Arrow proofed on the slide and frame.  Accompanying this pistol is the original British holster with spare magazine.

This pistol was one of 500 shipped to the London Armory Company, London, England on March 1, 1921.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 378031 - pictured with original British holster and spare magazine.

Roy E. Harris

Entered the US Army 16 October 1940 at Lawton, Oklahoma

Grades held:

Private – Basic Infantry
Corporal – Installer Repairman
Staff Sergeant – Chief Switchboard Operator
Master Sergeant – Field Wire Chief - As field Wire Chief he was in charge of 45 Linemen in the 99th Signal Company

Battles and Campaigns:

Normandy GO 33 WD 45
Central Europe GO 48 WD 45
Northern France GO 46 WD 45
Rhineland Ardennes GO 40 WD 45

Military Qualifications and date:

Sharpshooter Carbine 15 July 1943

Decorations and Citations:

American Defense Service Ribbon
Bronze Star Medal GO Hq 2nd Infantry Div 44
EAME Service Ribbon and one Silver Star
Distinguished Unit Badge GO #21 Hq Inf 2d Inf Div 44
Good Conduct Medal

Date of Separation from US Army – 25 July 1945

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 378031 - close-up of British proof marks (broad arrow over crown over "V3" over "E".  To the right of these markings is a horizontal British proof mark.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 378031 - right side view

Rear view of British holster.

View of plug in British holster for Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 378031

Holster with flap open.

Holster with flap open showing Colt .32 and spare magazine inserted.

Front of holster with flap closed.

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