DescriptionColt Model 1903 Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol Taken From Raymond Hamilton, Member of the Notorious Barrow Gang. Serial no. 186445 (manufacture date 1915), .32 caliber, 3 ¾-inch barrel. Blued finish. Colt logo checkered grips.
The pistol comes with December 28, 1988 typed letter from then-owner Ben O. Choate to Paul Chapman, giving a brief history of the pistol and the circumstances by which he acquired it. It reads in part: "I was a close friend of the late Mr. Willard Dick of Pottsboro, Texas...[he] showed me on several occasions, a well-worn Colt Pocket Automatic 32 Caliber Serial No. 186445. Mr. Dick was a friend of the Sheriff's Department of Grayson County and was there on 25 April 1934 when Raymond Hamilton and T. R. Brooks were captured by the Grayson County Sheriff's Department. This 32 Colt Automatic was found along with other guns in the car that Raymond Hamilton was driving." The letter is signed and notarized. Additionally, the pistol comes with a notarized acknowledgement from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum that the pistol was exhibited there from June 6, 1998 until January 25, 2017, including the plastic display caption. Finally, an 8 x 10-inch black and white photograph with the captured Raymond Hamilton and T. R. Brooks surrounded by their captors is included with the lot.
Condition: Fair to good. Retaining traces of the original blue. Well-worn grips. Worn but good bore.
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