Model 1903: Company Makes an Old Colt Young Again

It seems that even old pocket pistols are riding the current wave of interest in small, semi-auto handguns.

U.S. Armament Corp., the company that manufactured a reproduction of the Colt Bulldog Gatling Gun from 1877, has again teamed up with Colt to produce a limited run of the classic John Browning-designed Model 1903, also known as the Colt Pocket Hammerless, or the Model M.

The new 1903 “General Officer’s Pistol” uses the original Browning single-action blowback hammerless design. It’s chambered in .32 caliber and has a gray parkerized finish. Weighing 24 ounces and with a 3.75-inch barrel, it has the same unforgiving iron sights as the original from 100 years ago. The magazine release is still on the heel of the frame.

After the run of 3,500 run is completed, U.S. Armament will give the tooling to Colt. What will they do with it? There are rumors that a Model 1908, a smaller version of the 1903 made for carrying in vest pockets, could be in the works.

American Rifleman got one of the 1903s to test, and they posted a video of the new classic getting a workout at the range.