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Colt Model 1900 U.S. Navy Military Model

Colt Model 1900 U.S. Navy Military Model

Colt Model 1900 U.S. Navy Military Model

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Model Manufactuer Type Caliber
Colt Model 1900 U.S. Navy Military Model Colt Pistol .38 Rimless

About the Colt Model 1900 U.S. Navy Military Model

The Colt Model 1900 was a short-recoil operated “self-loading”, or semi-automatic .38 caliber handgun introduced by Colt’s Manufacturing Company at the turn of the 20th century. It also marked the introduction of .38 ACP, the round for which it is chambered (not to be confused with the shorter-cased .380 ACP), and was the first handgun to utilize short-recoil operation.[2]

It was developed from John M. Browning’s earlier prototypes in the late 1890s. The United States military tested the design against other semiautomatic pistols by European makers, and adopted some versions forward trial use. The M1900 and variants were also offered commercially. Variants included the Model 1902 Sporting, Model 1902 MilitaryModel 1903 Pocket (only in .38 ACP models; the .32 ACP model was a different design), and the Model 1905, which introduced the .45 ACPcartridge. The designs of 1909 and later did away with the front barrel link,replaced with a simple bushing, and would become the related, and famed, M1911 pistol.

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