1902 Colt Super 38

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by donray, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. donray

    donray New Member

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    I inherited my father's 1902 Colt 1911 Super 38 twenty one years ago. Can anyone tell me anything about it. It came from the factory mickle plated with the hammer and trigger gold plated. The grips are Franzite grips with a Eagle on the emblem on the grips.
     

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  2. c3shooter

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    Don- STOP.

    First, the 1902 is not a 1911.

    Second, the 1902 was not a .38 Super- it was a .38 ACP. The Model 1902 was made up until 1928, and the .38 Super came out in 1929. While the cartridges are identical in size, they are NOT identical in power. It is downright dangerous to shoot .38 Super in a .38 Auto pistol.

    Re: Eagle on the grip medallion- sure that is not the "Rampant Colt"? Not enuff pixels in your photo to tell.

    Here is some basic info for you-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_M1902
     
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  3. MoreAltitude

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    I'd say standard model colt 1902. Beautiful collectors piece you got
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Follow the advice of these fine gentlemen.

    I sure would hate to see such a thing of beauty destroyed because you didn't.

    I second the .38 ACP. It was not designed to handle the pressure of the .38Super
     
  5. MoreAltitude

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    Edit- Didn't see first response by C3 before I posted.
    Oh and I think it's military model??? Didn't only the military models have a straight (not rounded) butt? I don't fully trust my older Colt knowledge.
     
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  6. donray

    donray New Member

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    Thanks for all the info. I was told it's a .38 Super and now I know it's not
     
  7. donray

    donray New Member

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    No it's definitely an eagle carrying something
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Hmmm. Maybe it made a pass through Mexico sometime in the last
    100+ years.

    Does it look like an eagle grabbing a snake a snake, sitting on a cactus?
     
  10. donray

    donray New Member

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    Thanks I think sp
     
  11. donray

    donray New Member

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    Yes it is..any clues
     
  12. MoreAltitude

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    Better pics?? Truth is in the details my friend
     
  13. donray

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    I found a website that described the gun to a tee all the way down to the grips with the Eagle and it said they made 800 like them for the Mexican government in 1917
     
  14. donray

    donray New Member

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    I'll try to get some better pixs
     
  15. donray

    donray New Member

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    No it has a banner in it's moth
     
  16. donray

    donray New Member

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    Here are some more pics
     

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  17. donray

    donray New Member

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    A banner in it's claws
     
  18. donray

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    Anyone ever seen or heard of that?
     
  19. MoreAltitude

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    Your 1902 was made in 1917 with that serial. Additionally, once I saw the better pics I saw the grips. FRANZITE (flying eagle) was just a aftermarket brand of grips, which were imitation checked ivory, vintage but not original.
     
  20. donray

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    Anyone have an idea what this gun might be worth?