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Re: Mr Fairburns Colt M1908
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2019, 11:05:31 am »
I want one.  ;D

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Re: Mr Fairburns Colt M1908
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2019, 10:41:35 am »

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Re: Mr Fairburns Colt M1908
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2019, 05:27:55 pm »
To be fair to Col Fairbairn, he was a practical man, dealing with equipment of the day, and modifying as needed
to make fast, reliable, combat-ready gear that was used daily in "black back alley" and "slum corridor" fights to the death with
the various Shanghai streethoods, the Axe Gangs,the Tongs  and the Triads.

among other things, he had magazines drilled with cartridge witness holes, because "someone" would steal all but one or two
cartridges to sell on the streets ( almost certainly the street cops) . And  he had to establish magazine and weapons inspections
at random multiple times per day. Sad that Even his own line cops could not be trusted 100%.

It's amazing the man lived through that .

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Re: Mr Fairburns Colt M1908
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2019, 08:01:45 pm »
At our wild bunch matches we have been using the old pocket pistols in matches we call popgun. At the Texas state championship with the pistol in hand muzzle on table,at beep rack and 3 double taps last shot on center target resulted in the fastest time of 1.90 seconds for 7 shots. Fith place was something like 2.47    This was with a 1908 colt 380. Amazing how fast they are! Dusty Boddams

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Re: Mr Fairburns Colt M1908
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2019, 10:12:35 pm »
At our wild bunch matches we have been using the old pocket pistols in matches we call popgun. At the Texas state championship with the pistol in hand muzzle on table,at beep rack and 3 double taps last shot on center target resulted in the fastest time of 1.90 seconds for 7 shots. Fith place was something like 2.47    This was with a 1908 colt 380. Amazing how fast they are! Dusty Boddams

Fairbairn had the grip safeties and thumb safety pinned "off" to make them faster for small hands....

the fugly mod on the side of the slide was "to prevent jamming". aparrently some were done at the colt factory!

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The Colt documented contract pistols also had the following installed features:

-        a staple shaped lanyard loop on the lower left side of the frame (this feature was installed on this pistol but has been removed.)  The grips were also notched to accommodate the presence of the lanyard loop. (See the Commercial .380 with Lanyard Loop)

-        a screw to block the thumb safety from being engaged (the screw has been removed, leaving an empty screw hole)

-        a key shaped leaf spring on the left side of the slide used to put pressure on the barrel during recoil - this was to prevent jamming.  This feature was installed on most pistols at the SMP armory rather than at the Colt factory.  If done at the Colt factory, this part does not encroach upon the left side factory roll marks.

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http://www.coltautos.com/mmsmp1.htm


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