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Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP
Belgian Contract of 1916 with Belgian Proof marks

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 228536 - pictured with a period box of 7.65mm Belgian ammunition is a well used example from the Belgian Contract of 1915 (which was prematurely canceled.)  This example has the Diamond "A" proof on the left side of the frame to the right of the serial number which was applied at Colt prior to shipment.  This example is also has the Liege proof mark that was applied to non-Belgian produced firearms.  The mark is present on the barrel, visible through the chamber and on the left rear of the slide and frame. Pistol was shipped to the Government of Belgium as part of a 2,000 gun shipment on November 24, 1916. Accompanying this shipment were 4,400 magazines.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 228539 - left side

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 228539 - right side

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 228539 - left side close up of Belgian proof marks on the frame, slide of a cursive "L" in a flaming bomb. This mark is found on barrels and the most important parts of the action of all firearms not made in Belgium and which do not carry proof marks recognized by the Belgian proof house; this stamp is applied after such a gun has passed Belgian proof firing. 

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 228539 - right side close-up of Belgian proof mark on the chamber.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 228539 - left side contains the number "19" and a lower case "e" on its back with a line to the right. To the right of the serial number the Diamond "A" proof mark is visible.

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