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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - November 2008
Colt Model 1903 .32 ACP (Model M)
Serial Number 545333 (ca. 1941)
With British Proof and Broad Arrow marks

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 545333 - blue finish with checkered walnut grips.  This gun was one of 100 guns shipped to E.J. Churchill Ltd., London, England, on February 25, 1941.  E.J. Churchill was the official supplier of guns for the SOE.  Pistol was a WWII bring back from a soldier who was on a B-26 crew in North Africa.  He won it in a poker game with some guys from the RAF.   Pistol is British Broad Arrow proofed on the frame and also has a "U" in a circle as a prefix to the serial number.  Accompanying this pistol is the original British holster.

There's been much speculation about the "U" in a circle.  A factory letter has been ordered.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 545333 - pictured with original British holster.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 545333 - close-up of British proof marks.  To the left of the broad arrow is a horizontal British proof mark.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 545333 - close-up of British proof marks.  Frame marked "NOT ENGLISH MAKE".

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless serial number 545333 - right side view

Rear view of British holster

Holster with flap open.

Holster with flap open showing Colt 32.

Front of holster with flap closed.

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