Colt1903 Pocket Hammerless, by US Armament Corp.

US Armament Corporation  has licensed the Colt logo in order to produce a high quality 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol in .32 Auto as an exact copy of the original. It was a little over a month ago I received a test sample and went straight to work testing the gun, and using it in a .32 Auto ballistic test.

Initial Impressions 

The little .32 Auto ships in a Colt cardboard box, wrapped in brown wax paper, reminiscent of the military issue Colt pistols.

As you can see the US Armament Corps take on the 1903 is a well built copy of the original, down to the Colt rollmarks.

The lines are clean, with the steel short GI style trigger breaking at six pounds with minimal take up and some over travel. The small GI style sights were adequate.

Here you will notice the European style heal magazine release, in which I am not a fan, and the grip safety that forms the smooth backstrap. The wooden stocks are gorgeous with the gold Colt medallion.

Compared to an original Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless you will notice, other than just a little differences in the hue of the finish, they are the same.

This is about average grouping shot offhand at thirty feet with ball and defensive loads. Considering the size of the pistol, sight radius, sight style, and my 43 year old eyes, I consider this plenty acceptable.

Range Time 

Conclusions 

The US Armament Corp’s reintroduction of the 1903 Colt Pocket Hammerless Pistol fits right in with so many other manufactures reintroducing retro firearms, and I see this as a good thing.  The little pistol is an exact copy in every way I can see, other than some differences in the finish colors. It was reliable through some 250 rounds including many various defensive rounds. Accuracy was more than acceptable, especially considering the minimal sights. Being in .32 Auto and an all steel pistol the little Pocket Pistol was a dream to shoot. I appreciate the quality and attention to detail put into this pistol but that sort of quality does not come cheap, MSRP is $1295. Though this pistol may be a little large for deep concealment it would work very well as a concealed carry pistol, being reliable with the defensive ammunition used. You can read the ballistic test by following this link. The original Colts have become collectors pieces and the going prices reflect that, so for someone looking to have the old 1903 Pocket Hammerless but not wanting to carry and wear on an original, this pistol is by far your best option. I remember seeing the old Pocket Hammerless for the first time in Key Largo when Humphry Bogart uses one to save the day, close to the end of the movie and I have been a fan ever since. There is a lot of romance and nostalgia associated with the old guns of decades past and I can understand wanting to have one that does not have to be a safe queen.

Specifications 

Caliber: .32 ACP

Barrel: 3.75 inches

OA Length: 6.5 inches

Weight: 24 ounces (empty)

Stocks: Checkered walnut

Sights: Fixed front, adjustable rear

Action: SA

Finish: Blued

Capacity: 8+1

MSRP: $1,295


Acknowledgments 

US Armament Corp. 

Hornady 

Ammo For Sale.com

Bull City Armory 

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5 Responses to Colt1903 Pocket Hammerless, by US Armament Corp.

  1. LouisianaMan October 3, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    When I saw your .32 ballistic tests, then your statement that gun reviews would be forthcoming, I started licking my chops!

    This pistol looks beautiful, obviously works A-1, and, well, retro is me. I was testing out the new springs and various ammo in my FN 1922 .32 yesterday, and had similarly highly satisfactory results–just a pleasure to shoot, and stays on target for fast follow-ups with ease.

    If left arms were negotiable currency, I’d give up mine for one of these Colts (although it would make operating the slide and magazine release a bit sticky, wouldn’t it?)

    Where is this pistol available for purchase?

    Thanks again for the review, along with the splendid ballistics tests.

    • Hunter Elliott October 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

      Thank you very much sir.
      The new 1903 Pocket Hammerless is a damn fine little retro pistol. I have gained a new respect for the .32 Auto after the ballistic test and the 1903 review. I am about halfway through the Kel-Tec P-32 review and that pistol is running 100% as well.
      From what I have seen, the 1903 is available for order from a few distributors. Your FFL should not have much of an issue finding you one.

  2. Barbara Elliott October 3, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    Hunter, I really enjoyed this review, very detailed and alot of good information. Video was good. Enjoyed shooting this one. Thank you for letting me be a part of this review.

    Barbara Elliott

  3. Linda Sweeney October 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    Where do you get it and how much they going for?

    • Hunter Elliott October 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

      Your local FFL should be able to order one, MSRP is $1295 but retail may be less.

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