Colt 1908: Reproductions Coming

Colt 1908

Image source: Rock Island Auction Company

One of the more interesting gun announcements this year has been the return of the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless. This handgun is being made for Colt by U.S. Armament Corp.

Ryan Michad, host of the Handgun Radio podcast, interviewed Jake of the U.S. Armament Corp about the 1903. When Ryan asked Jake about the possibility of additional reproductions in the works (around the 19 minute mark), he got this response:

We are going to do the ’08.

Before you pull your wallets out, Jake did say that the new 1908 pistols are about 18-24 months from production. The company is planning a limited run of the 1908 capped off at about 5,000 units.



Richard Johnson

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  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    Should be only 1908 units…

  • Apathy is Death

    The picture you’ve included is of the wrong Colt 1908. Jake responded with “We are going to do the ’08” after being asked if they would make a 1908 in .380, at heard at the 19:04 mark. The 1908 to which they both refer, the the Colt 1908 Pocket Hammerless where as your picture is of the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket.

    • You are absolutely correct. The image has been updated. I apologize for the error.

  • capybara

    So I am going to get all excited over buying one these only to discover that Colt has subcontracted them out? Pass. The main reason to buy one is to get a Colt reissue, not a U.S. Armament Corp reissue.

    • jamezb

      If I recall correctly, U.S. Armament is a company started by Colt employees and gunsmiths during the Colt bankruptcy, who’s initial project was to continue the manufacture of the Colt SAA, by the same employees and I believe on the same machinery they were being built on all along. In doing so, U.S Armament kept alive the Colt legacy, making it in a lot of ways, more authentically “Colt”, than the current owners of the name.

      • capybara

        I don’t know jamezb. If that is true (I am clueless about it but will research it), than that cushions the blow. Still makes me wonder why Colt wouldn’t just make it themselves if U.S. Armament is a separate company but if it staffed with quality people who worked for Colt, that is infinitely more appealing than just farming it out to anyone.

  • Perry

    I spoke with the USAC VP at the NRA convention about the 1903 and 1908 pistols. In the course of the conversation he confirmed then that the 1908s were going to follow the 1903 production run. Also, he pulled out one of the parkerized 1903s for me to handle. Very nice indeed. We also spoke about any possibility of Colt wanting to produce more of them after the 2 runs of 5000. He hoped they would want USAC to produce more, maybe with modern/larger sights in order to differentiate between the limited run. He also said that MSRP of the parkerized 1903s should be right at the $1200.00 mark, with the limited blued guns and the General Officer commemeratives obviously being more.

  • Vitsaus

    For the price they’ll probably ask, you’re better off getting on original.

  • idahoguy101

    What’s the price?

  • Random

    If they were to make a P-08, I might get excited…

  • Davidio Flavio

    Stupid decision, produce what the public will buy. The company must Democratically owned.

    • Davidio Flavio

      Must BE Democratically owned.