The Colt Model 1902 Sporting .38 ACP is
actually a continuation of the Model 1900 with some minor
modifications. First, the extra milling steps associated
with the removal of the sight safety from the Model 1900
were eliminated, saving both time and cost of production.
There were no major mechanical
variations within this model, but there were variations in
external features such as the placement of the slide
serrations and the availability of the high spur hammer (a
carry-over from the Model 1900) to the rounded hammer that
was also present on the earliest Model 1902 Military .38 ACP,
Model 1903 Pocket Hammer .38 ACP and Model 1905 .45 ACP.
With the exception of models ordered
with special order grips, Coltís shipped the majority of
these models with molded black hard rubber grips.
The Model 1902 Sporting .38 ACP was
manufactured from 1902 until 1907 with just under 7,000
The Photos and Information link above
will provide you with photos and descriptions of some of the
other unique characteristics of these early Colt pistols.