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I bought this colt hammer less with a a serial number 63*61 from a gent at a swap meet in Arizona today. The finish is flawless and no wear on it at all. I know it was shot,the barrel was dirty with slight surface rust but cleaned out bright and shiny. I gladly paid him the 500 he was asking, As I have seen so many at that price with 50% finish . Can anybody tell me when it was made. I'll post some pic's later.
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You can go to this site, select your Colt from the drop down window in the center of the page, and it will give you all kinds of neat info concerning the 1908 including manufacturing date.
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How about some pics?
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Default pic's from yesterdays buy, Lucky find 1903 .380

Here are some pic's of the 380 hammerless I got yesterday for 500.00. Pretty good find I'd say. Very happy with it.
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Beautiful looking Colt 1908 Pocket Hammerless!
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That is nice!!!!

That is an EXCELLENT price for a 1908 in that condition, I'd say its worth at least twice what you paid....
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You should be very happy. Beautiful condition and .380 to boot.
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If you shoot it let us know how it feeds and shoots. I've read that the .380 Colt isn't as reliable as the .32 version.

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That is nice!!!!

That is an EXCELLENT price for a 1908 in that condition, I'd say its worth at least twice what you paid....
I agree, you got a heck of a deal!! An original finished 1908 in that condition would easily go for a thousand bucks. Nice find.
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If you shoot it let us know how it feeds and shoots. I've read that the .380 Colt isn't as reliable as the .32 version.

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The one I have is just like my 1903, flawlessly reliable.
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The one I have is just like my 1903, flawlessly reliable.

Thanks! Great to hear. Did you change any springs in your guns?

Are these guns striker-fired, or do they have internal hammers? I'm pretty sure the .25 Colt is striker-fired. (The old ones, not the one actually made by Astra, much later.)

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First time out it was reliable, since then I did replace all the springs (75 years old and all). And recrown the barrel, cut the group by 6", it had a dent in the muzzle.

They're similar to a 1911, just much larger pain in the butt to detail strip. There is a hammer, just shrouded (kinda like a centennial).
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Striker fired.
Beautiful piece.
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Well, you can't both be right...


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I think Handejecter was makin a joke, they definitely have a hammer. These came out long before strikers where thought of.
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My recollection is that the .25 is striker-fired, but that the .32 and .380 have hammers. I'll try to find a Colt book that I have that may show diagrams. But I see no reason to think that you are incorrect.

I'm almost sure that the Baby FN .25 is striker fired. But the earlier .25 may not be.

This will bug me until I find the answer...

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I think your right, the .25 is striker fired, I can't see anything that looks like a hammer.....................

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Thanks! Super!

And I found this on Wikipedia, about the Model M. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_1908 Look under Design, where it confirms what you already knew about it being a concealed hammer design.


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Striker fired.
Beautiful piece.
WRONG!
The 1903 and 1908 have internal HAMMERS.
Sorry about that.
I was bound to make a mistake one day......

Duhhh- I've had one apart within the last two years........
As I recall, the hammers are case hardened.
Course, I've had a few guns apart since.
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The 1903 and 1908 have internal HAMMERS.
Sorry about that.
I was bound to make a mistake one day......

Duhhh- I've had one apart within the last two years........
As I recall, the hammers are case hardened.
Course, I've had a few guns apart since.
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No the correct response is:

"I'm not always right, but I am never wrong"

Sounds like something that a wife would say...
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