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Antique Colt Pistols

At age 16, Samuel Colt hand carved a wooden model that became his most famous invention, the mechanism that gave the revolver its name. The spool shaped six-chambered device which rotates a fresh round into place each time a gun is cocked or fired changed the development of firearms like never before.

The gun maker leveraged its use of interchangeable parts, mechanized manufacturing methods, and organized production line to mass produce handguns in a way that would become the model for other industries. Colt's Model 1877, the first double-action revolver commercially produced in the U.S., was carried by Billy the Kid. Colt's .45-caliber Model 1878 with barrel lengths ranging from 2 1/2 to 12 inches became a favorite among lawmen and more than a few outlaws.

Later, the turn-of-the-century Colt Model 1900 .38-caliber semi-automatic was tested by the U.S. War Department before the M1911 .45-caliber was adopted for general issue during World War I, laying the groundwork for Colt to own the market for decades to come.

Antique Colt pistols from plow-handled two-shot derringers to turn-of-the-century semi-auto handguns rarely misfire at auction.


Quick Facts

  • In 2014, a .45-caliber Colt revolver believed to be carried by legendary Arizona lawman Wyatt Earp topped its $150,000 pre-auction estimate to reach $225,000
  • In 2007 at Greg Martin Auctions, a pair of Colt Model 1878 double-action revolvers with ivory grips and lanyard swivels topped their $30,000 high estimate, selling for $51,075
  • In a 2013 Rock Island Auction sale, a U.S. Navy Colt Model 1909 double-action revolver sold for $3,500

Recommended Items at Auction

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1912 Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
1912 Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $600- $900
$3002 Bids
Two Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistols
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $1,000
$5001 Bid
1914 Colt Model 1903 Hammerless .32 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol 1914
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
1914 Colt Model 1903 Hammerless .32 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol 1914
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $600- $1,000
$3001 Bid
Colt Model 1903 .32 ACP 3.75" Semi Automatic Pistol with Box & Two Mags
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
Colt Model 1903 .32 ACP 3.75" Semi Automatic Pistol with Box & Two Mags
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
Two Semi-Automatic Pistols
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $800
$4500 Bids
NYPD Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol & Letter
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
NYPD Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol & Letter
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$1,2000 Bids
British SOe French Shanghai Police Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless Pistol & Letter
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
British SOe French Shanghai Police Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless Pistol & Letter
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer Semi-Automatic Pistol
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $700- $1,100
$6000 Bids
A .380 ACP (9mmK) COLT 1908 SEMI-AUTOMATIC HAMMERLESS POCKET PISTOL, serial no. 48785,
Mar 26, 10:00 AM GMT
A .380 ACP (9mmK) COLT 1908 SEMI-AUTOMATIC HAMMERLESS POCKET PISTOL, serial no. 48785,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
1923 Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Type III .32 ACP Factory Nickel Pistol
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
1923 Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Type III .32 ACP Factory Nickel Pistol
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6000 Bids
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless 32 ACP Semi Auto Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless 32 ACP Semi Auto Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
1926 Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Hammerless .25 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol & Box
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
1926 Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Hammerless .25 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol & Box
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Rare Boston M.P.C. Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP Semi Auto Pistol & Letter
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
Rare Boston M.P.C. Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP Semi Auto Pistol & Letter
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$1,2000 Bids
Documented Colt 1903 General Officer's Pistol Grouping, Major General Henry K. Benson Jr.
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
Documented Colt 1903 General Officer's Pistol Grouping, Major General Henry K. Benson Jr.
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$2,5000 Bids
RAF Issued Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol & Letter
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
RAF Issued Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol & Letter
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Colt Pistols


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Vogt Galleries Texas

Vogt Galleries Texas