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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - March 1999
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket .25 ACP
"Pre/Post-War" serial number 420669

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The Featured Gun of the Month:
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket "Pre/Post-WWII" sn 420669

A very scarce pre/post-war variation of the Model 1908 Vest Pocket pistol.  After WWII, Colt's assembled approximately 2100 pistols from pre-war parts.  The highest recorded serial number in most Colt references is 409061.  The actual high pre-war serial number is 409437.  After the supply of these pistols was exhausted, Colt's jumped ahead to serial number 420001 and produced 705 pistols terminating with serial number 420705. 

This pistol, serial number 420669, is just 36 numbers away from the last pistols produced.   It was shipped on December 30, 1946 in a two gun shipment to Clapp & Treat, Hartford, Connecticut.  It is in near mint condition with it's original box (numbered to the gun with the additional notation "Rubber" to indicate the type of grips) and post-war instruction sheet.  Distinguishing characteristics of this pistol include a tank blued finish, Type II black hard rubber grips, and an unusual ramped front sight that has been observed on these pistols from 420519 to the end of production.   Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic is that the slide serrations were cut in reverse!

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