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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - August 2014
Colt Model 1902 Military .38 ACP - Serial Number 35278, with Target Sights and Factory checked Front Strap, Back Strap and Trigger

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - This Colt Model 1902 Military .38 ACP has some unique features and factory enhancements.  It was returned to the Colt factory at some point since it has a "K" stamped on the upper right flat of the trigger guard. After the checking on the frame and trigger were complete, Colt's restamped the horse on the left rear of the slide and reblued the gun.

It appears as though a previous owner was interested in creating a target pistol as the sights are a patridge type and the rear sight has been modified to incorporate a target sight blade.  The trigger, front strap and back strap have been checkered in a factory pattern.  Given the cost of this work, very few factory checkered guns were produced.

This Colt 1902 Military serial number 35278 was one of 60 shipped to A. Combaluzier, Mexico City, Mexico on June 16, 1913.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - "AUTOMATIC COLT" over "CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS".  Slide features rear triangular cut serrations.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - note "K" marking on upper right flat of the trigger guard denoting return to the Colt factory for modification.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 -left side view with slide locked open.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - finish on top of slide and target sights.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of modification to rear sight.  Rear blade is held to rear sight with two pins.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of modification to rear sight.  Rear blade is held to rear sight with two pins.  Note the original bronze firing pin.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of modification to rear sight.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of front sight.

 

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of factory checkered trigger and front grip strap.

 

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of factory checkered rear grip strap.  Notice the circular uncheckered borders around the screw and pin as well as the boarder around the outer edge of the grip strap.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of factory checkered rear grip strap.  Notice the circular uncheckered borders around the screw and pin as well as the boarder around the outer edge of the grip strap.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of factory checkered trigger and front grip strap.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of factory front grip strap.

 

 

 

 

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of color case hardened hammer.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - close-up of muzzle and concave takedown plug.

Colt Model 1902 Military Serial Number 35278 - original late blue two-tone magazine.  Base is marked "MIL. COLT 38 CAL."

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