These are the same pistol as the military model, but with a polished finish, different identifying markings, and a serial number beginning with a C. This one has the expedient milling cut for the side of the mag well, as seen under the grip panel. Some call it the heart shape. This shows that the frame was left over from war-time production.
Just a sweet looking gun for 104 years old. Box is repro, but nice for display.
I once bought a Spanish select fire broom from a blind city policeman in Cols. Ohio. When the paper came through, I went to get it. His son was there, said, "Here, you might as well have this too." and gave me a 1908 .32 Colt in new condition with a red/green box of Rem. ammo with 6 rnds. missing.
Somehow, I no longer remember, in conjunction with that deal, I ended up with an early Colt like yours. Someone's research shows it to be 1914, serial is 69348. Glad to see a companion piece presented.
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