Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless & Davidoff Grand Cru | Gun-and-Cigar Pairing Guide

Guns and Cigars. If you are a cigar smoker you will know that there are a multitude of great drinks, alcoholic and otherwise, that pair well with your favorite smoke. Of course, this is a Gun blog and booze and firearms do not mix. But there are few things finer than setting back with a fine hand-rolled cigar after a successful hunt or a long day at the range. For this edition, we are going classic and classy with the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol and a Davidoff Grand Cru Number 3.

Cigars & Guns, August 2021

Colt 1903 Hammerless Pistol

The Colt Pocket Hammerless 1903 was in a lot of ways ahead of its time. What set the Pocket Hammerless pistol apart from other pistols of its era was how smooth, rounded and concealable it was. Take a look at the pictures.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless in .32 ACP
The Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol has a blowback-operated design—and it’s worth noting that it’s not actually “hammerless”. The pistol has a hammer concealed inside the receiver and slide. In its time, this was one of Colt’s most popular pocket pistols. From 1903 to 1945, Colt 572,215 of them, and for that time, it was a fairly small pistol with an overall length of 6.5 inches with a 3.75-inch barrel, 4.36 inches in height, and a grip width of 1.16 inches. Empty, the gun weighed 24 ounces, which is impressive for an all-steel handgun. (Image source: Personal Defense World)
Cold 1903 pocket hammerless pistol
The Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless in this photo has seen three generations. (Image source: Ima4ster)

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. 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.

The Colt 1903 is a dream to shoot. A steel-framed pistol in .32 ACP has almost no recoil. The sights are very small, as were most pistols from its time. But the gun points very well and you don’t really need the sights to hit a torso-sized target from 15 yards. This is the range, or closer, that John Browning had in mind when he designed it.

Davidoff Grand Cru

Going with the mildness of the recoil and the classiness of Colts made in this era, I am pairing the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless with a Davidoff Grand Cru in the Number 3 size. Among Davidoff cigars, this is one of their milder blends, but it has a complex depth of flavor. It is a very refined and sophisticated corona-sized cigar for a pistol that’s also refined and sophisticated.

Davidoff Grand Cru No. 3
According to the company, the typical Corona shape of these Davidoff cigars allows their tobacco masters to use a higher percentage of Piloto tobacco with a higher density of leaves. Thus, the spicy component of this complex blend is emphasized for a slightly bolder, yet still sophisticated pleasure. (Image source: Davidoff of Geneva)

Shooting Notes

Very mild recoil, fast to target, and fast follow-up shots. Works best for FMJ.

Tasting Notes

The Davidoff Grand Cru is a very well-constructed cigar that is in perfect balance with salty, leathery, and sweet tobacco flavors.

Arthur Fuerte is a professional tobacconist with a penchant for mid-century militaria. He knows his way around the cigar parings, single-malts, and classic American firearms.

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