Colt Producing New Model 1903 Pistols

New-production Colt 1903 pocket pistol

This Colt 1903 may look like an original, but it is brand new.

Yes, Colt will be making brand new-production Model 1903 pocket pistols. The same man responsible for making Colt’s reproduction Gatling guns has been put in charge of producing a limited new run of the classic elegant pocket pistol, the Colt 1903. That’s the good news – the bad news is that it will only be a limited run of 2500. Of those, 500 will be commemorating the General Officers issue pistols. The US Army adopted the Colt 1908 (which is simply a 1903 chambered for the .380 cartridge) as the official issue sidearm for General-level officers, and they were issued to men like Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley.

These new commemorative ones will be marked and finished like the original General’s issue guns, and each come with a historical fact sheet about one of the Generals who carried a 1908. Neat!

Now, the interesting question is what Colt will do with the tooling for these once the limited run sells out. Seems like a pretty big waste to me to put in the money to tool up and then stop…perhaps we will see the gun added to Colt’s standard product list down the road?

I should also mention that this will be a very different type of “re-introduction” than befell the Remington Model 51. Curt Wolf, the man running the project, is very much into historical arms, and his new 1903 will be identical to the original 1903 – no polymer, no big modern sights, no change in caliber, etc. That may be a disappointment to some, but it will be a relief to those of us who appreciate the svelte lines and elegant craftsmanship of the Colt 1903.

Ian McCollum

Ian McCollum lives in Arizona, where he spends his time searching out rare, unusual, and experimental firearms for his daily blog at His shooting background is in bullseye pistol, and before becoming a full-time gun writer he worked in the solar power industry.


  • Woodroez

    Why so limited? Why, in a market where single-stack, compact pistols are getting hot would you come so close to a good idea but fall short? The Hammerless family would be big right now if only Colt had the vision.

    • wfoy

      Because Colt is consistently one of the worst managed firms in the industry. They would have gone bankrupt years ago if they weren’t receiving corporate welfare from the DoD.

    • Anonymoose

      They would do better commercially to reintroduce the .380 M1908 instead of the .32 M1903. .32 ACPs aren’t really all that sought after by people younger than Baby Boomers.

      • John

        I’m younger than baby boomers and love .32 ACP. .380 is a current trend. More than 70% of all pistols made between 1900 and 1990 were chambered in .32 acp. As of 2007, the Shooter Bible’s Guide to Cartridges said, “More handguns have been chambered in .32 ACP than any other cartridge.” In 1983, *the* handbook of small arms (Small Arms of the World) said the four basic military cartridges were the 9mm, .45, .32 acp, and 9×18 Makarov.

        People today need to research before falling into the belief “9mm is always better”. There’s a reason .32 ACP is the most popular pistol cartridge of all time.

        • Miles

          Best bud’s mom uses a .32. Recoil as you age starts really meaning something.

        • Yallan

          Also .32 ACP fmj has perfect penetration ballistics. While the .380 hollowpoint has insufficient ballistic gel penetration but over penetration in fmj.

          • Anonymous

            “This is your new sidearm, Mr. Bond. Walther PPK in 7.65mm. Delivery like a brick through a plate glass window. The American CIA swear by them.”

        • Guest

          A .32 hole looks pretty much like a .380 hole.

          I regrettably sold a Ruby in .32 recently (a spanish kinda knockoff of the 1903). The Buffalo Bore .32 +P is great… 75 gr. Hardcast F.N. 1150fps/ M.E. 220 ft. lbs, right up there with the 7.62 nagant, which has an admirable record of boring holes neatly through folks wearing heavy winter clothing.

          From my experience, the best bet for any pocket pistol (.22, .32, .380, 9mm Makarov) is to poke a hole clean through. Expansion in these calibers is a dicey gamble that can leave you screwed.

          • Zebra Dun

            My Aunt Mary’s old Galesi Brascia in .25 acp is a good example of tactics, hers was, one or two shots in the perps face, and one in each kneecap maybe a foot for good measure, then she would run away while he limped half blind after her.
            I’ve see her plug turtles at the lake when I was a kid as they came to steal bait while fishing, she could do the deed I’m sure.
            She is gone now and I inherited the pistol.

        • Anonymous

          Really? Not .22 LR?

          I know a lot of European militaries, prior to NATO, issued sidearms in 7.65mm/.32 ACP. Other than France, these tended to be pretty tiny countries with pretty tiny militaries, Germany, Russia, Poland, and the UK never having been on the 7.65mm bandwagon to begin with, at least for official issue, not counting substitute-standard and personal purchase sidearms. If anything I’d have thought 7.65x25mm Tokarev pistols would at least equal .32 ACP in total production number; how many tens of millions of TT33s are still lined up on racks in out-of-the-way arsenals in China and former Warsaw Pact nations even today?

          • Anonymoose

            Germany, Russia, and the UK all used 7.63 Mausers before the turn of the century to WWI and beyond. The 7.63 is faster and heavier than 7.65. Also, Nazi Germany’s PP(K)s throughout WWII were all the .32ACP model, and until the 1972 Olympic Hostage Crisis, West German police still believed their WWII .32ACPs were perfectly adequate. .32 is still a lot more popular than .380 in Europe. I blame the LCP for ruining its popularity here.

      • Guest

        I regrettably sold a Ruby in .32 recently (a spanish kinda knockoff of the 1903). The Buffalo Bore .32 +P is great… 75 gr. Hardcast F.N. 1150fps/ M.E. 220 ft. lbs, right up there with the 7.62 nagant, which has an admirable record of boring holes neatly through folks wearing heavy winter clothing.

        From my experience, the best bet for any pocket pistol (.22, .32, .380, 9mm Makarov) is to poke a hole clean through. Expansion in these calibers is a dicey gamble that can leave you screwed.

    • Vitsaus

      Because you suck, and Colt hates you.

    • Gustov

      When Obama and Hillary came along and everyone ran out to buy a gun, Colt didn’t have anything to sell. 6 years later they still don’t have much to sell. Same old story. There’s little hope.

  • Heretical Politik

    I cannot for the life of me understand why Colt continues to make it’s most desirable models as limited runs. Great for the well healed, well connected, collector, bad for the rest of us, and maybe more importantly bad for a company that just lost huge military contracts and needs to cater to the civilian market. I would really love to see the WWII 1911A1 reissued as a permanent option, if you are listening Colt.

    • Anonymous

      My suspicion–and I offer this as a guess only, I don’t know anyone on the inside at Colt–is that they perceive that in the 21st Century the potential market for these is small, and that big production runs wouldn’t sell.

      Any business exists to make money for the stockholders, whether they sell sliced bread or firearms. Any question about their business activities that begins with the word “why” can generally be answered with the word “money.”

      • Matt

        I agree.
        Demand for a limited run of a classic would be high (I was thinking myself the colt 1908 would have been a nice gun to replicate) but as it would go into regular production would not sell.

        Just because what you buy to collect is not what to buy to shoot in most cases.

      • Gustov

        There are no stockholders. I’m pretty sure it’s a privately held operation. They’ve made some really strange moves over the years and they’re probable nearing the end of they’re rope.

      • RBR

        The response to that by any of the directors should be to fire the management team which condemns the company to an irrelevant niche status.

      • Obie

        Yeah, well given Colt’s current financial standing, they don’t seem to be doing such a great job with that.

    • Justin Kline

      This is the god honest truth and I couldn’t have said it better myself. I do not see why Colt refuses to bring back some of there classics for the masses.

      • Hyok Kim

        Because money talks, bs walks. Masses say they want the classics, but at made in China price. Doesn’t walk.

    • candiduscorvus

      For my money the really popular revolvers like the Python and Trooper would be great things for them to just sell regularly. I know a lot of people who would snap them up.

  • Don Ward

    A good step in the right direction.

  • RocketScientist

    Now just bring back the Python! Even with the price they’d have to charge for all the hand-fitting and such, they’d sell like hotcakes. Just look at what USED ones are selling for.

    • Heretical Politik

      With all the exposure the Python’s been getting on The Walking Dead the past few years, it’s unbelievable this hasn’t happened. I think the market research folks at Colt must have gone out to lunch a decade ago and no one noticed.

      • Hyok Kim

        They have done the market research and they found out too many people talk big, but not willing to pay the price.

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      A Colt rep once told me that the price of hand-making them today would be greater than a used one in mint condition. Besides, as an owner of a mint 6″ in royal blue finish, I’m glad I have something I can look at and say “they don’t make ’em like this anymore.”

      • D H

        problem is as an owner of a 1908 and a 1903, I cant say” they dont make this anymore” and I fear the price of the old ones will start to stagnate with the release of the newer ones .

        • aweds1

          Or you’ll see the market split into the “purists” with originals and “noobs” with contemporary ones. I mean, a Gen 1 SAA is still far more valuable than a Gen 3 SAA.

        • Zebra Dun

          No a new made will never meet the price of an old made.
          They will continue to go up in value much as the old 1964 model Winchester 94 rifles are more sought after than newer made after the changes made to those to lower cost and add lawyer parts.

      • Anonymous

        This may be a stupid question, but with all the hype we’ve been hearing in the past 20+ years about high-precision investment casting techniques, super-precise CNC machining, and so on, why would a new production Python reproduction necessarily cost as much in man-hours and machining time as they did sixty years ago? Surely all this CNC stuff and 3D metal printing stuff can make them less expensively today, with equivalent or better quality than hand-fitting. Can’t it?

        Or is it, perhaps, less about the design, specifically, and more about pride of ownership and owning something hand-made?

        • Beju

          FWIU, the Python was designed in an era where making things with a bunch of skilled machinists was a lot cheaper than with precision automation, resulting in a revolver with a lot of hand fitting and finishing. Even when Colt was cranking them out on regular basis, they weren’t cheap guns, adjusted for inflation. An original ad I saw from 1955 had the 6″ Royal Blue model listed for $125, or about $1072 in today’s dollars. One can safely assume that longer barrel and Bright Nickel models were more money.

          Still, Colt wouldn’t have to make them exactly like they used to. I’ve heard that the also-discontinued Anaconda, which wasn’t introduced until 1990, was made with modern manufacturing techniques. If true, they could make a scaled-down Anaconda and call it a Python. It wouldn’t be the same, but it would look the part, and in the end, that would probably be enough for some people to buy it. There’s still the question of just how many people would pay what it would cost to make them, as Anacondas weren’t cheap when new either.

        • 3XLwolfshirt

          You would think that would be the case. However, the modern Performance Center Smith and Wesson revolvers use the best technology along with hand-fitting; they’re great guns (I own a couple), but they still aren’t as well-built as my Python.

    • SM

      I don’t think this would work. Would you buy a (probably) $1500+ revolver? What would a Python do better than a GP 100 or a 686 that would be a fraction of the price?

      Even if they did bring them back to full production, there would be elitists crying about how the new Pythons “aren’t real Pythons” and how much they suck compared to the originals simply because they aren’t the originals.

      • Tom

        Hit the nail on the head. Even if Colt wanted to they could not make a handmade Python, most of the guys who have that sort of skill set are retired, for a realistic price. Yes they could make a modern Python using modern techniques but it would not be a Python.

        • Zebra Dun

          Nope it would be a Python look a like and called a Boa no doubt.

        • RBR

          Colt needs to start over from scratch and adopt 21st Century manufacturing processes. That would solve a great many of their problems.

          • Hyok Kim

            ….but that wouldn’t be a python.

          • RBR

            I frankly do not understand the fascination with the Python. I had one and it had a number of shortcomings that a replacement should incorporate. That would make it “not a Python” I suppose. Perhaps it would be a Python II, but it would be a better gun that way.

      • will_ford

        I have had both an the GP100 can NOT touch the snake for fit finish an accuracy.

        • SM

          Is it double or triple the price of its competition good?

          • will_ford

            ya ,correct but they ARE damn nice

          • RBR

            I’ve had a Python. The grips were among the worst ever produced, but there were solutions for that. The cylinder was too short for many load combinations and it simply wasn’t up to stout loads on a regular basis.

        • Gunny

          Don’t believe that a GP100 wouldn’t shoot better than you can hold, (Bill could have made one lemon) can’t argue about the beautiful finish on the Colt though

          • will_ford

            carried that colt FOR a long time .GOOD point shooter also, GUNNY! Thanks for your service and EVERYTHING ELSE GOD BLESS!

          • will_ford

            tighter group consistently, Gunny. handled a little better also, to me

      • Cleophus

        Are you seriously comparing a Colt Python to a GP 100? Have you ever held and shot a Colt Python? This is obviously a statement made by a Ford Pinto owner who’s never known the thrill and exhilaration of driving a Lamborghini Adventador. Yes, they are both “cars” in the pejorative sense, but they are orders of magnitude separated from one another by two things, quality and craftsmanship. One was made for the consumption of the masses, the other for the discerning and discriminating owner who demands the absolute best the market has to offer. The Python is the same. There is no comparison.

        • SM

          I’m not doubting their quality. I’m doubting that a Python would be so much better than it’s competitors that it would be worth spending well over double the cost of it’s competition to get one. There will always be collectors and enthusiasts but they don’t make up a majority of the market. From what I see, shooters want $500-600 double stack semi-auto pistols, not $1500+, semi-custom, hand fitted revolvers. They’re beautiful, but I don’t see Colt selling nearly as many as they would need to sell to get back on their feet.

          I’ve handled and shot many revolvers. The Python didn’t perform that much better than any other revolvers I have shot. If I were to pick a car analogy, the GP 100 would be a Ford 150 and the Python would be more like Cadillac Escalade.

        • Gunny

          I have and wouldn’t pay the difference for the finish and smooth action that can be added by the aftermarket for a lot less money. (I will admit to having handled only one Python and it was well used, but so was my GP100)

      • RocketScientist

        Would I buy a $2k Python? Maybe. There is definitely a market for them, considering the price they are currently selling for on the used market. I’m a mechanical engineer with a manufacturing background and a former machinist. I have shot, cleaned, disassembled and fondled my uncles Python repeatedly. I have a pretty fair understanding of what it would cost to recreate them in the modern labor market. And with its current popularity, I’m pretty sure you could price them with a decent profit, and people would still buy them.

        • SM

          What do you think they would go for?

          • RocketScientist

            What they WOULD go for? Nothing, as I don’t think Colt will ever be bringing them back into production. What COULD they sell for? Considering the used market is full of successful sales of used Pythons in the $3-7k range, I think Colt could easily sell new ones in that price range, assuming they were equivalent quality of construction and handiwork etc.

        • desert

          I never liked the python…I didn’t like the feel, the weight, the long slow hammer drop…I shot a lot of competition and this hammer just couldn’t keep up with the Trusty Model 19 Smith and Wesson iumho

      • RocketScientist

        “What would a Python do better than a GP 100 or a 686 that would be a fraction of the price?”

        Absolutely nothing, except for one thing, but its the key one. It would do MUCH better at being a Colt Python than either of those guns. Not all gun purchases are motivated by practicality and budget. Some people want a gun because of sentimental attachment to a particular design (This was my grandpa’s favorite model, or this was the first gun they ever issued me when i joined the force, etc), the history of a design, a particular style of shooting, etc. Ruger and some of the Italian companies make a killing selling clones of the SAA. You’d be hard pressed to find something a SAA does better than another cheaper more modern alternative, other than being a SAA of course, which is why it sells. Same could go for the Python. There is a huge audience of people who, rightly or not, idolize that gun and would love to get their hands on one. Sure some would grumble that new production guns just aren’t the same, but I know there are many who wouldn’t care, or wouldn’t care enough to spend another $1-2k for an “original”.

    • Gustov

      They sold off all their revolver tooling about 20 years ago when they were going broke. However, they’ve been buying a lot of CNC tooling the past few years and it’s wouldn’t be difficult to reprocess a Python, or any other of their revolvers, to run on a CNC machine. The components would be a lot more accurate and most of the hand-fitting would be eliminated. And, if they’d switch from forged to investment cast components like everyone else has, they could eliminate 90 percent of the hand polishing and be price competitive. Don’t bet on any of this happening though.

    • Hyok Kim

      Nope, like they say, “Money talks, bs walks.” Too many cheapos who want ‘Made in China or Brazil’ price for a Python. Too many want T-bone at McDonald price, doesn’t work.

  • David Knuth

    Colt is the only company I know that can’t seem to stop snatching defeat from the jaws of Victory. Win a contract with the USMC for heavy-duty 1911s, that the population at large is sure to want? Make it cost $2300 and be damn near impossible to get.

    Hear calls for various configurations of upgraded 1911s? Make them only on limited models.

    Hear calls for reproductions of past guns? Make limited runs of them.

    Their bread and butter? 1911s and ARs that are middle-of-the-road, a tad overpriced, and don’t share the common features that most shooters demand.

    And then they wonder why they can barely stay one step ahead of bankruptcy.

    • rick45x8

      Colt has as complete a product line of 1911s and ARs as anyone in the business; name one “common feature” that can’t be found on multiple Colt products? If your post was dated fifteen years, rather than fifteen minutes ago, I might agree!

      • Zebra Dun

        A low price tag?

    • Zebra Dun

      The problem spelled out is , Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y. costs and the cost is high due to U.N.I.O.N. Made.
      You get what you pay for and certainly in this case.
      I love my Colt products.

      • bucherm

        S&W products are made in union shops, and they tend to be price-competitive. Yes, their M&P stuff is resolutely middle of the road, but they are priced better than Colt guns for the quality they offer.

        Glock manages to keep costs down despite Austrian labor costs.

        It’s easy to blame the Unions(and there are bad ones, like the UAW), but in the firearms world this isn’t really applicable. Colt got to where it was by making one poor decision after another while still thinking that people want to pay the Pony Tax.

        • Cleophus

          Bad labor practices are applicable to every “union,” because unions are exclusive, not inclusive. The motive for the formation of unions in the beginning was to improve the lives of workers, but today, the motive is to make as much money and power as possible for the bosses in charge of these “unions.” In today’s labor climate, the union is a parasite, not only feeding on the life blood of the workers it purports to serve, but on capital and investment as well, which has the effect of substantially increasing prices and making a massive drag on the economy as a whole. It has no true purpose except to steal from the mouth of labor the bread that it has earned. Today’s “unions” are the Al Sharpton’s and Jesse Jackson’s of the labor world; they are nothing but common hustlers; useless anachronisms that we can definitely do without in this day and age.

          • Hyok Kim

            Nope, union is not the problem, but merely symptoms, If the rich had paid living wage to the workers, there would not have been the need for unions.

            In the end, companies rely on consumers to make profit. If the consumers do not make living wage, then they cannot purchase products from the companies.

            Who are the consumers in the end? The workers!

      • RBR

        Actually, quality is the standard of modern manufacturing processes with modern equipment which also results in competitive prices. Perhaps whoever takes over after the bankruptcy will move to Texas or Florida.

      • Hyok Kim

        Back in the old days, they were still Union made, but blue collar workers made more money (proportionally) compared to white collar wokers, and the rich, so they could still afford it.

        Nowadays, those same blue collar workers become willing stooges of the rich, ‘conservatives’, willingly letting them cut off their own wages, for the ‘previlage’ of being the frontmen of the plutocrats.

        Like they, “You reap what you sow.”

    • RBR

      “And then they wonder why they can barely stay one step ahead of bankruptcy.”

      Perhaps that would be the best thing in the long run. Throw out the people who are driving the company into the ground and get a fresh start.

    • RBR

      At this stage who would even want one of the Colt 1911s? The Marines do not want them. The Marine Forces SOCOM have received approval to use Glock 19s instead of their Colt 1911s. The Colts have proven unreliable according to reports which cite failure to fee and stovepipe jams among the deficiencies. The grip safety reportedly fails to reliably engage when troops are wearing gloves as is the normal practice. Also mentioned were weight and magazine capacity which are inherent in the design.

  • sianmink

    Cause there’s high demand for a 24oz .32 ACP that’s bigger than a LC9?
    My guess is Colt will be insolvent before they can make more than their limited run.

  • John

    Finally we’re going to see a classic firearm in a classic caliber. *The* caliber of the 20th century. Now there should be a release of the Savage 1907, Mauser HSC, FN1922, Walther PP, and HK4.

    • aweds1

      I’ve often wondered if classic firearms with patents that no longer hold could be manufactured with modern techniques and still be profitable. There are a slew of guns that could fit this category.

  • aweds1

    I may be alone here but, “YES!” I want one.

    • Zebra Dun

      It would fit my back pocket like a glove.

  • Ratcraft

    So where do you order one?

    • Miles

      Your best bet, with the limited numbers, will probably be to bid on one as they appear on the internet auction sites.

  • andrey kireev

    I think Colt is really trying to go out of business

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  • burns

    None of these companys listen to us, the consumers. Every guy is saying the same thing, why not give us the guns we want. Make this affordable, and bring back the DS, Python, Agent etc. We don’t want another 9mm single stack, or AR. Why don’t they get it.

    • SargintRock

      Amen. While your at it, how about a good, medium size Diesel p/u. I’m still WAITING on the Mahindra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • bucherm

      “We don’t want another 9mm single stack, or AR.”

      Sales seem to disagree.

  • Bruce Abbott

    First centerfire handgun I ever shot was the Colt model 1903 pocket hammer model. My dad kept it to shoot the annual hog, didn’t have the heart to cut their throats. He hated that gun; I loved it. The 38 ACP was the ballistic equal of the 9mm Luger, and the gun was only 7/8″ wide; but talk about hammer bite! Still have the scars 50 years later. That thing had a dark barrel, and wasn’t particularly accurate, but I’d sure love to have it back. Traded it off for a Marlin 39 lever action many years ago.

  • I would like to buy one, but probably not at the price they want.

    • Ian McCollum

      They will certainly cost more than original ones.

  • SD3

    .380, huh? An appropriatly useless cartridge for equally useless general officers.

    • Zebra Dun

      A Badge of authority.
      They also issued 1911A1’s to them.

    • Gunny

      It looks more like the 380ACP is remarkably efficient, but not in the same category as the 9X19 as someone above suggested… (factory loads with 100 grain bullets and 1000 fps are available)

  • S Jones

    I solely read this as “new production 1903 magazines”

    Screw all the BS, i own an original and need reasonably priced mags

    • Gregory Markle

      When I talked to Curt Wolf whose company is making these he indicated that magazines, springs, and other parts should be available aside from the complete firearms. My buddy actually hugged him at the prospect of quality Colt 1903 magazines…it’s a good thing we’ve known Curt for a long time or the group from Knight’s Armaments that he had just finished having lunch with might have taken him down!

  • greg

    $2300.00, well i might have to sell one of my new colt pythons and get one of these, i have one of the older ones, but i’m a stickler for limited stuff..

  • LT Rusty

    I’ve got one of these, one of the originals in .32 ACP. My grandfather picked it up in Belgium on his walking tour of Europe back in the ’40’s. It’s got the WaA marks and all. So does the holster. Got the paperwork, too.

  • 1903dave

    Will MSRP be over $1000? I’ll probably just need to buy an original, more affordable pistol.

  • SM

    Bring them back to full production at a $500-$600 street price and *maybe* they would be on my radar.

  • john Everett Walker

    a great thing if they make it drop safe.

  • MacT

    Colt had various pocket automatics, developed the application, but everyone else can make them but Colt says they had to quit after the Saturday Night Special law was passed in 1968.

  • totenglocke

    Limited edition? Idiots. I have a Colt 1903 that was made in 1916, but I’d love to get a newly manufactured one as well.

  • Dean Seaman

    YES!!! I’ve been thinking about this for a while now…apparently so has Colt! LOVE THIS IDEA!!!
    … all they need to do is bring back the New Service in .45 AR and I will be in heaven!
    come on Colt, don’t make me wait another 15 years! =)

  • Ian McClain Easterly

    I would love to see them do an option of this in the Shanghai police model

  • jamezb

    I had hoped this would happen…mentioned it here last year during the ’51 debacle in fact… Oh… I feel a happy coming on….

  • James

    I genuinely want one of these but the limited run kills the chance of that happening and even if I did find one the price would kill my bank account.

  • Nimrod

    Am I reading this correctly that they are making 2000 1903s in .32 and 500 1908s in 380 (officer models) ?

  • Zebra Dun

    I want one.
    I wonder if they can be made in 9 mm Parabellum?
    How ever a .380 would be just fine, I can imagine the cost.

  • bthomas

    Wonderful pistol. Will be waiting w/ money in hand when it becomes available. If the price is about like an original, then will just buy a original. But… we’ll just have to see.

  • Steve_7

    My personal view is that they’ll be bankrupt before they get them out the factory so this is all a bit of a meaningless discussion.

  • Ron

    Nice! I’d like to see a return of the .380 Government model.

  • CJS3

    Another gimmick. I would hope better from Colt.

  • Will they be made overseas? That could easily explain the small run.

  • RBR

    When it comes to Colt’s management, it’s a matter of the blind leading the blind. Or is it dumb and dumber? Either way Colt’s management is completely clueless. There is a substantial potential market for this handgun if the dolts in charge would just get out of the way.

  • Voice_of_Reason

    Colt is one of the worst run companies in America. They drowned themselves in needless debt, they have horrible product timing, their products are expensive compared to competing products, and they haven’t had any new ideas in a long, long time. They are living off the reservoir of “goodwill” built years ago, and it won’t last forever. They badly need a renaissance in management, design, and they need to move to a state like Florida.

    Sure, I would love a Colt 1903, but not at the ridiculous price they are going to charge for it.

    • RBR

      Exactly! There are many people who would happily pay a fair price for a 1903 of modern manufacture with the deep bluing That was once the hallmark of Colts.


    get ridofd that heel clip retention device…give us an ambidextrous magazine release !! put it in the same position as the 1911 pistol?


    COLT : start investment casting the Woodsman 4 inch barreled .22 L. R. pistol and use an ambidextrous magazine release….release a package of all stainless steel four pistols : Series 80 Government.45 ACP with the series 80 trigger/firing pin safety, Colt Detective Special .38 Special with 2 inch barrel, Model 1903 .380 ACP, and the Colt Cub .25 ACP….better than the Browning set !

  • desert

    What is the caliber? 9mm I am guessing?

  • J.W. Fry

    Back when FN was supplying M-16s to us for $428 per copy, (AND MAKING MONEY ON THEM) colts’ list for an AR was $2500 with dealers price being $1240. THEY CAN ..B.I.T.E…M.E..

  • gfr

    Looks like a Tokarev, I got mine for $169

  • David Frickanisce

    Bash colt all you want, but at least they are reproducing these, even if its a limited run.

    I think the 1903 I have is still one nice handling, compact 32, its a user, not a pristine museum piece, but I carried it once, until more modern, smaller, lighter pocket pistols came along.

    That said, one of these using a modern designed 380 round would still make a formidable defensive carry pistol, the problem is though, that items like the Sig 938 in my pocket have made it even more obsolete than ever, packing as many 9mm rounds into a smaller package.

    Again, all that said, Its going to be hard not to take a serious look at these when they come out, as I have been pricing 1908 pistols like these, and you can’t find even a crappy one for much under 600 bucks recently on Gunbroker.

  • franco Eldorado

    I know nothing of the internal design of this gun. It may be perfectly safe to carry one in the chamber, but if it is not then they should add features that would make a gun safe to carry loaded in the pocket. Many of the guns of the day were not.

  • RugerNiner

    I have a generation 1 (1905) and a generation 3 (1919) that I sometimes still carry, but for the life of me I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to make this in the now popular 380.

  • iksnilol

    I have always wanted something like the 1908 or Baby Browning, only chambered in .32 ACP since I don’t like .25 ACP (+ it is expensive/hard to find).

    I will probably have to find something like a Beretta Tomcat to scratch the desire for a small .32 acp.

  • disgruntled_american

    Quality appears crappy… the photo of the demo shows wear on the upper in front of lower.
    Is this indicative of the quality Colt is going to offer for this limited run? The photo shows poor metal finish prior to parkerizing… come on Colt it shouldn’t scratch the finish when used. I have one of the originals which I inherited from my father who got it pre WWII and used as a service weapon while on the police force and subsequently as a detective. I’ve shot this since my teens and now at 58 still love it. I have a Sig P938 for concealed carry but it seems to stay in the safe unless my wife carries it. I carry the 1903 and prefer its feel in hand. The grouping during rapid fire is awesome (a little better than my Beretta M9) compared to the grouping from my P938 during rapid fire (definitely due to less recoil). Can’t think of any one wanting to be hit by this rather than a 9mm. All in all I’d still like to try a new one but with a limited run it may be difficult to get one. On the other hand if they clean up the finish and sell it for around $600 to $700 Like the Sig P938 as opposed to the $1200+ number mentioned at the Shot Show. It could be run as unlimited production run and probably sell faster than it could be put on the shelf.

  • You’ll shoot your eye out

    Gee, small limited edition run, again. How about “Kickstarter” the things? Requirement? You would have to submit a shipping address to a licensed Federal arms dealer for pickup. We have a local Radio Controlled hobby shop that is one, a local Pawn Shop uses them for online selling as they don’t like messing with the shipping, storage, in shop handling. Know a home renovator who holds one too as a small word of mouth side home business. A locally owned gun shop might do it, point out you got to buy ammo supplies somewhere.