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Old 01-25-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Colt 32 that shoots 380

Hi, I am new to the site, I was trying to figure out what I have. I bought a 1903 rimless colt hammer less pistol. The guy threw in 3 boxes of ammo. I said wait these are 380. He said that what it shoots. The magazine says 380. It says 32 rimless smokeless on the slide. I'm kind of confused as to what I've got. I read the forum and it seemed like a pain for someone to convert from 32 to a 380 and help or ideas would be appreciated, thanks
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:03 AM   #2
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Welcome to the board.

If a .380 fits the chamber easily, then it's either been rebarreled or had a slide replacement. Maybe even both. .380 might need a heavier recoil spring than .32.
Old 11-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #3
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1903 Colt Hammerless pocket pistol

I have one that was handed down to me from an uncle. It's a 1903, 1st. series in about 95%. It has a low 4 digit s/n that Colt says was made in April/May 1904. I think it was 1908 when they made them in 380. Thats why so many people call them a Colt 1908. There was 3 series of the .32 and what some people call the 4th series was the 380 version or at least thats what I was told. Have a good one, Paul P.S. I just noticed the date on the original post; heck of a way to do my 1st post on this forum.

Last edited by scpaul; 11-23-2014 at 05:12 PM. Reason: Admitting inattentiveness !!

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