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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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(X) Colt Model 1902 Sporting .38 Auto Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
(X) Colt Model 1902 Sporting .38 Auto Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$75013 Bids
US Army Colt Model 1911 .45 ACP , w/ US Holster; 1919
Jul 06, 9:00 AM EDT
US Army Colt Model 1911 .45 ACP , w/ US Holster; 1919
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $800- $1,000
$5504 Bids
Three Engraved Colt Pocket Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Engraved Colt Pocket Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids
Two Colt Semi-Automatic Pistols with Boxes
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Semi-Automatic Pistols with Boxes
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Colt Model 1902 Military Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1902 Military Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,400
$7000 Bids
Colt Model 1902 Military Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1902 Military Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,300- $2,000
$1,1000 Bids
Colt Model 1900 Pistol with Factory Letter and Case
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1900 Pistol with Factory Letter and Case
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,500
$1,8000 Bids
Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1902 Sporting Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$7000 Bids
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jul 10, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $450- $750
$4000 Bids
Colt Pre-Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jul 10, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Pre-Woodsman Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $800
$4500 Bids
Two Colt Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Two Colt Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Colt, Mod. 1908 Hammerless
Jul 11, 9:00 AM CEST
Colt, Mod. 1908 Hammerless
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2200 Bids
Colt Mod. 1903
Jul 11, 9:00 AM CEST
Colt Mod. 1903
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Colt, Mod. 1908 Hammerless
Jul 11, 9:00 AM CEST
Colt, Mod. 1908 Hammerless
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Colt, Mod. 1908
Jul 11, 9:00 AM CEST
Colt, Mod. 1908
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Two Colt Pocket Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Colt Pocket Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Early Three Digit Serial Number Colt Model 1905 Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Early Three Digit Serial Number Colt Model 1905 Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids
World War I Era Colt Government Model Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
World War I Era Colt Government Model Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,300- $2,000
$1,1000 Bids
Colt Model 1905 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1905 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Colt, Mod. 1908
Jul 11, 9:00 AM CEST
Colt, Mod. 1908
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Colt Pistols


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals