|blank cell||Colt Model 1903 Pistol||Colt Model 1908 Pistol|
|CALIBER||.32 ACP||CALIBER||.380 ACP|
|RATE OF FIRE||3 per round||RATE OF FIRE||2 per round|
|MAGAZINE CAPACITY||8 rounds||MAGAZINE CAPACITY||7 rounds|
|BASE RANGE||15 yards||BASE RANGE||15 yards|
|COMBAT USE: United States, Great Britain|
The Colt Model 1903 had been a popular civilian pistol when it was adopted by the US Navy during the First World War. With its slim profile and light weight, the Colt Model 1903 was easy to conceal and would have been a natural choice for plainclothes P Division investigators. When the United States entered the Second World War, the standard-issue Colt M-1911A1 could not be produced in enough quantities to supply the entire US armed forces. So, while the M-1911A1 was earmarked for the Army and Marine Corps combat troops, support personnel were issued other models taken from the civilian market, including the Model 1903 and its larger cousin, the Model 1908. The only difference between the two pistols was which cartridge they were chambered for. Though neither were a man-stopper like the .45 ACP of the Colt M1911A1, the Model 1903 and Model 1908 were much easier to conceal, which made them popular among the undercover agents of the OSS and the British SOE.