Colt Model 1905 – Mfg. 1906
This Colt Model 1905 has been fully restored to factory original condition using the original barrel and grips.
The Model 1905 was a continuation of the Model 1902 and was the first Colt semi-auto handgun chambered for the new 45 ACP cartridge. There was considerable concern that the 38 ACP lacked the stopping power to be used as a defensive sidearm.
The first year of production for the Model 1905 was a sparse 8 pistols. Most of these pistols were sent to various military testing facilities for possible adoption by the military. Early production Model 1905 pistols manufactured in 1906 were also sent out to testing facilities for further proving. Some estimates put the number of pistols shipped out for testing at between 100 to 200 pistols.
With the serial number of this Model 1905 being #289, it is quite possibly one of the earliest “non-testing” Model 1905’s in existence. With a total of 6,108 Model 1905 pistols originally produced from 1905 to 1913, the Model 1905 is one of the scarcest “pre-1911” Colt pistols to be found.
Original factory checkered walnut