Colt Model 1908 .25 ACP

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    Colt Model 1908 .25 ACP

    I have an opportunity to grab a functioning wonderful specimen made in 1912. I want it more for the JMB design nostalgia and collector interest to go with my 1914 USGI but it can also be used as a deep conceal pocket weapon much like the p3at and even fits in the desantis nemesis I have for the p3at.

    Anyone own one? Can you give me any insight on this? I am getting it for a song so I can't pass it up.

    This is not the photo of the actual weapon, just one I found on algoreweb


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    Looks great for a 100 year old pistol. I hope your's looks as good.

    I had the luck to shoot one back in the seventies and it was fun and was as accurate as heck for such a small gun.

    Here's a link tha might be of interest:

    1908Colt

    It would be a safe queen as I have other choices for a BUG.

    bosco

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    I've played with Colt Model 1908 .25 automatics for nearly 30 years now and can say that they are probably the very best .25 ACP pistol ever made. The John Browning design probably has much to do with that. I've had mine for a long time and once kept a second one for a few years. In my experience the Model 1908 delivers the reliable performance that so many claim for their Glocks as I've never had a failure of any kind. The pistol always has functioned and fired properly with nary a single jam. I handload for .25 ACP so my Model 1908 has seen a bit more use than the average .25. It's handled heavy handloads (well, as heavy as one can do in such a tiny case) and readily eats any hollow points I've fed it. I've not tried too many "fancy" factory loads in it though. My little Colt was produced in 1921 and still has its original springs as far as I know.

    More here:
    Cartridge Discussion: .25 ACP
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    That weapon & The m/1903 and m/1907 are very similar. I have a Husqvarna m/1907 (Colt, FN & Husqvarna all used the JMB design) It is the only 380 I own. All steel, 5" barrel and can put 8 rds through the same hole at 10 yds while juggling chainsaws with my offhand. It is a great design!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    I've played with Colt Model 1908 .25 automatics for nearly 30 years now and can say that they are probably the very best .25 ACP pistol ever made. The John Browning design probably has much to do with that. I've had mine for a long time and once kept a second one for a few years. In my experience the Model 1908 delivers the reliable performance that so many claim for their Glocks as I've never had a failure of any kind. The pistol always has functioned and fired properly with nary a single jam. I handload for .25 ACP so my Model 1908 has seen a bit more use than the average .25. It's handled heavy handloads (well, as heavy as one can do in such a tiny case) and readily eats any hollow points I've fed it. I've not tried too many "fancy" factory loads in it though. My little Colt was produced in 1921 and still has its original springs as far as I know.

    More here:
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    Thank you sir

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    bmc said it well.

    mine was made in 1914 and does not look as good as your picture...snif, sniff

    never carried it but is fun to take out to the range with its bigger brother from the same year(1908-1915). and the 1903 ( 1918)

    JMB could make a lever look elegant
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    JMB could make an outhouse look elegant
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    Congrats!

    Beautifully built little handgun. Solid "old world" Colt quality.

    My stupid Uncle traded a beautiful one in on a local Gun Buy Back program for a doggone $25.00 supermarket food gift certificate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    JMB could make an outhouse look elegant
    i sit corrected.
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    I had a chance to buy one, I passed.
    Not that I didn't like it, I just didn't need it.

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    1935 vintage Colt catalog.
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    The fact that the ad calls the .25 Auto cartridge "hard hitting" is funny... I recall reading that the .25 cartridge has been documented to bounce off of a glass coke bottle.
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    Say, looky there! Shoots the hard-hitting .25 Automatic. I want the hard-hitting kind of ammo. $17.00! What a deal! For that price, stack 'em up until I can't see over the top!

    OD*, it says it has three safety features. I'm overlooking a safety. It has a safety lever, a grip safety and what else? Out-of-battery safety?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    The fact that the ad calls the .25 Auto cartridge "hard hitting" is funny... I recall reading that the .25 cartridge has been documented to bounce off of a glass coke bottle.
    I've heard that the majority of horror stories regarding the round is the result of poor quality control in the manufacturing plant.
    Somebody had a few old .25 rounds and pulled the bullets to find....some of them had no or little powder in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    That weapon & The m/1903 and m/1907 are very similar. I have a Husqvarna m/1907 (Colt, FN & Husqvarna all used the JMB design) It is the only 380 I own. All steel, 5" barrel and can put 8 rds through the same hole at 10 yds while juggling chainsaws with my offhand. It is a great design!
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    (pictures courtesy of Sam Lisker)
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