The hammerless part of the name is not exactly true.The 1903 does have a hammer–it is covered by the slide, which makes it that much more well suited for concealed carry.It has a lanyard ring, arched mainspring housing and checkered wood grips with no Llama medallion.
Lets take of look at what makes up a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless. There was another 1903 Colt Pocket pistol, but it had a hammer.
If I can get my hands on one, I will write it up too.
Thanks for all the great information....& those pictures, dang you guys have some sweet stuff!
I'm in the process of making a purchase on a beautiful 25-5 and started reading some disturbing posts on here about over sized throats.
I know that it has wooden grips, withought the Llama medallion. Anyway I will get back to you as soon as I get back in town. I have read that the Model X-A had a grip safety added when production of this model began in 1954.
Although mine has a date code of V (1951), it has a grip safety.
I strongly suspect that Gabilondo y Cia started a continuous one ascending number system from the point where they adopted the Llama name (early 1930s? "Extra" 9mm Largo - 1940 - 45680 "Extra" 9mm Largo - 1940 - 46306 "Extra" 9mm Largo - 1940 - 46883 Model II - 380 ACP - 1943 - 70989 Model I - 32 ACP - 1943 - 72994 (German GECO marked) Model II - 380 ACP - 1944 - 78290 Model I - 32 ACP - 1944 - 84482 "Extra" 9mm Largo - 1944 - 89123 Model IIIA - 380 ACP - (don't have year handy) - 739813 Here's a start.
I'll have to look up the .22, and I've never been sure of the exact modle of the others.
The hammer version was not as popular and there were a lot less of them made. Here are some specs: What set the Pocket Hammerless apart from other pistols of its time was how smooth, rounded and concealable it was. The 1903 has the features that I look for in a concealed carry piece.
There is very little here to get hung up when drawn from concealment.
It was seeing the new production Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless at SHOT Show this year that got me to thinking about starting this series of articles.