Colt 1903 Pocket Auto Smooth (131d)
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This is a slightly larger than normal pair of grips for
the Colt 1903 Pocket Auto, which was chambered originally
in .32 Rimless Smokeless (or the .32 ACP, or 7.65 Browning).
These grips are especially nice with pearl effects. They
are made larger than the standard panels so they cover
more of the flat frame of the gun and give a little better
grip. They are also made moderately thin so you can
more easily depress the grip safety whether holding the
gun in weak or strong hand.
They come with the 2-56 screw mounting kit installed
unless you check the box otherwise. This requires no
modification to the gun, since the screw passes through
the tiny hole in the frame just like the original.
You may find these fit or could be sanded down to fit some
other small autos, but I don't know from a description what
ones would work -- you can tell by comparing dimensions. Or send
me a tracing and I'll compare and let you know. If you have
the 1903 Colt, you probably don't need to send me a tracing
because they are pretty consistent in size and I have a few
to check in my collection.
This is a 4-piece kit. You get two panels and two thin
spacers. The two spacers are first sanded lightly to fit
inside the cut-out of the magazine well sides. When they
fit nicely, you then install one grip with the screw inserted
for alignment, turn it to align with the edge of the frame,
and hold it in position with a piece of tape. Spread a thin
layer of 5-minute epoxy on one side of the spacer, and
then press it into the cut-out of the gun's frame so it
attaches to the backside of the grip. Let it cure, then
remove the tape, the screw, and tap the grip off the frame.
Then do the same with the other panel. With the magazine and
the opposite grip removed from the gun, you can easily
install the spacer through the open space and press it
against the back of the grip.
This procedure makes the grips fit snugly without turning.
The spacers do not need to be full length. They can be
cut off at the top so you don't have to make a clearance
slot with a square file for the trigger bar (which passes
around the frame under the grips, and requires clearance
through the spacer). But it is easy to notch the spacer
using a small square file, once it is firmly secured to
the grip back.
Check to make sure the magazine will slide easily into and
out of the frame with the grips snugly fastened. The spacer
usually is thin enough but if it needs to be sanded so it
won't rub on the magazine, this is most quickly done with
the spacer secured to the back of the grip, not before.
Simply tack, tape, or glue a piece of 180 to 220 grit
abrasive paper on a flat scrap of wood, and rub the grip
in a circular motion over it, so the spacer is gently and
evenly sanded thinner until it clears the magazine.
The entire procedure of fitting the grip to the gun
should not take more than 30 minutes from start to finish.
Often it can be done in half that time, but you need to
allow the epoxy to cure solidly before sanding the spacers.
Most 5-minute epoxy really takes 10-24 hours to truely get
to full strength, even though it may be 75% there in the
first 5 or 10 minutes. It is best to wait if you need to
do any sanding on the spacer until the next day.
Dimensions of the grips are:
- Maximum height (front lower corner to middle of top) = 3.028 inch
- Front edge (lower corner to start of top curve) = 2.63 inch
- Rear edge (straight section) = 2.4 inch
- Width from lower front corner to back at start of curve = 1.43 inch
- Width across the middle at 90-degrees to sides = 1.37 inch
- Width across the top (just below notch on left side, top) = 1.33 inch
- Screw hole height at 90-degrees to base = 1.52 inch
- Screw hole to rear edge = .38 inch
Colt 1903 Pocket Auto Ver.1 (96a)
Colt 1903 Pocket Auto Ver.2 (96b)