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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - August 2013
Colt Model 1900 .38 ACP - Serial Number 2356, Commercial Model with Original Sight Safety, Forward Slide Serrations and Smooth Walnut Stocks

Colt Model 1900 Sight Safety Serial Number 2356 - The Colt Model 1900 is the first Browning designed automatic pistol model licensed to and manufactured by Colt Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company. With the exception of the 200 Second Army contract pistols (that were manufactured with forward slide serrations), front slide serrations on commercial examples began at approximately serial number 2000.  This pistol was manufactured in 1901, the second year of production and is the second variation of the Model 1900 with front plunge milled serrations, high polish blue, fire blued small parts and smooth walnut grips.

Pistol was one of six guns shipped April 13, 1901 to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company, Chicago, Illinois.

According to a published list of observed serial numbers, 2356 is 100 numbers from the end of the use of smooth walnut stocks for this model.  The slide is numbered to match the frame.

Colt Model 1900 left side slide markings are "BROWNING'S PATENT" over "PAT'D APRIL 29, 1897" and COLT'S PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG CO." over "HARTFORD CONN U.S.A."  Serial number 2356 is on the left side of the frame above the trigger.

Colt Model 1900 Right Side - "AUTOMATIC COLT" over "CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS".  Slide features forward plunge milled serrations.

Colt 1900 sn 2356 - finish on top of slide.

Colt 1900 sn 2356 - rear grip strap, rear of hammer and sight safety.

Colt 1900 sn 2356 - finish on underside of slide.

Colt 1900 sn 2356 - finish on front grip strap, smooth walnut stocks and fire blue on trigger.

Colt 1900 serial number 2356 - Hammer and sight safety

Colt 1900 serial number 2356 - Front convex plug with fire blue finish.

Colt 1900 serial number 2356 - original nickel plated magazine marked "PAT'D SEPT.9.1884" on base.

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