About The 1908 Colt .380

A pair of Colt 1908 Pocket Hammerless, .380 caliber Automatic Colt Pistols, 24kt gold plated, fully engraved, pearl handles

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Gun collectors would commonly refer to these as "safe queens" because they would spend most of their time in the safe. You wouldn't fire these guns or routinely carry them. These were the last guns that I owned that stayed in the safe all of the time.

The Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless is a .380 variant of the 1903 .32 caliber gun introduced five years earlier. This was the gun that introduced the .380 ACP pistol cartridge (designed by John Browning), still popular 100 years later.

ACP is an acronym for Automatic Colt Pistol. The .380 ACP is also known as the 9mm Short. The name "Pocket Hammerless" is misleading in that the gun is not truly hammerless, but features a concealed hammer to prevent snagging on clothing.

John Browning (1855-1926) is perhaps best known for creating the 1911 and his other contributions to autoloading firearms with at least 128 patents to his credit.

Pair of 1908 Colts

A Pair of Colts:This pair of Colts were difficult to photograph, especially for a novice with a cheap camera.





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The serial number tables for this line are listed here. If you own an old 1908 Colt pistol, I encourage you to call the Colt Archive at 1-800-962-COLT to order an authentication letter.

Serial NumberTable

Year
of
DOM
Begin Serial Number End Serial Number Yearly
Prod.
Totals
1908 1 2299 2,299
1909 2300 4349 2,050
1910 4350 6899 2,450
1911 6900 9499 2,600
1912 9500 12699 3,200
1913 12700 16499 3,700
1914 16500 20999 4,500
1915 21000 27499 6,500
1916 27500 30899 3,400
1917 30900 32999 2,100
1918 33000 33499 500
1919 33500 33999 500
1920 34000 39999 5,000
1921 40000 52999 13,000
1922 53000 60999 8,000
1923 61000 69499 8,500
1924 69500 71999 2,500
1925 72000 77499 5,500
1926 77500 84999 7,500
1927 85000 85999 1,000
1928 86000 94999 9,000
1929 95000 99999 5,000
1930 100000 104999 5,000
1931 105000 108999 4,000
1932 109000 111999 2,000
1933 112000 113999 2,000
1934 114000 115999 2,000
1935 116000 118999 3,000
1936 119000 122999 4,000
1937 123000 127999 5,000
1938 128000 128999 1,000
1939 129000 131999 2,000
1940 132000 132599 600
1941 132600 132600 1
Total 129,400