By Lars Dalseide | June 10 2013 17:38

Model 1903 Colt semi-automatic carried by Australian Major during the Battle of Gallipoli

Colt 1903 semiautomatic pocket pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - On the final day of the NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, a production crew stole away with Philip Schreier, Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum, to film a few segments of Curator's Corner. A Monday afternoon staple on Sportsman Channel, Curator's Corner highlights one of the thousands of guns on display at the National Firearms Museum. Or, in the case of this afternoon's offering, a gun brought by a collector.

The collector in question is a Mr. Ralf Eyster from the Colt Collectors Association. Also a member of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Mr. Eyster brought along a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer Pistol for the Curators to inspect. Chambered in .38 caliber, there is little special about the Colt Pocket Hammer. Yes, it is Colt's first pocket-sized semi-auto pistol, but where does the value rest beside that?

In the story.

The value of a firearm, like the value in most things, resides in more than just the age and condition of the object in question. It also has to do with history ... previous ownership. And this Colt semi-auto, this less than impressive .38 caliber, this gun was carried by an Australian Major during the Battle of Gallipoli.

An eight month campaign in the Gallipoli peninsula of the then Ottoman Empire, the battle consisted of failed British landings, constant Turkish counter-offensives and the ultimate retreat of Allied forces in 1916. In all, more than 100,000 men fell in the Allies failed attempt to take Constantinople.

For the full story of Eyster's Colt Pocket Hammer, tune in today to NRANews on Sportsman Channel around 5:40 this afternoon. There you'll see the Colt, the Curators ... the whole shooting match.

Colt 1903 semiautomatic pocket pistol from the NRA Museum

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