COLT DETECTIVE SPECIAL (NICKEL)

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Description: Colt Detective Special

Manufactured in 1963 Nickel Finish 2" Barrel Dark Wood Grips Very Good Condition Minimal handling marks on the frame (See Pictures) Nickel finish is clear with no flaking or cloudiness Box but no paperwork

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The Colt Detective Special is a six-shot, carbon steel-framed, 2" barreled, double-action revolver, and the first example of a class of firearms known as "snubnosed revolvers". Made by Colt's Manufacturing Company, this model revolver, as the name "Detective Special" suggests, was intended to be a concealed weapon used by plainclothes police detectives. Introduced in 1927, the Detective Special was the first short-barreled revolver produced with a modern swing-out frame. It was designed from the outset to be chambered for higher-powered cartridges such as the .38 Special, considered to be a powerful caliber for a concealable pocket revolver of the day. The Detective Special uses a slightly smaller frame than the Colt Official Police or Smith & Wesson Model 10 (K-Frame) revolvers but is larger than the five-shot Smith & Wesson Model 36/Model 38/Model 42 (J-frame) revolvers.





The Detective Special, which is simply a shortened and somewhat streamlined Colt Police Positive Special. The Detective Special proved to be an instant success and was made until 1995.

Colt's Detective Special went through several issues or series. The First Series was produced from 1927 until 1946.

The Second Series ran from 1947 to 1972. The ejector-rod was longer and had a groove in its knurled tip; a three-inch-barrel variant was offered, with a yet longer ejector rod. The cylinder latch was smooth, and the trigger spur serrated. The right side frame screw has no locking pin, and the rear half of the front sight is a serrated ramp. The grip panels were plastic in 1947, but were changed back to wood starting in 1955 (first with a silver-tone Colt medallion, and later a gold-tone). An optional hammer shroud was available from the factory to prevent the hammer from catching on clothing.

The transition from the First to Second Series was gradual, with some post-WWII Second Series guns retaining short ejector rods and checkered hammers. Because of this, assigning a given revolver to a particular issue is best done by serial number.



A Colt Detective Special and a Smith & Wesson Model 36 showing the differences in size between the two models. During the 1960s, the grip frame of the Second Series Detective Special was shortened, matching that of Colt's other snub-nosed pistols, the Cobra and Agent. Despite this alteration, the Detective Special's overall grip size remained unchanged, as Colt fitted the Second Series with new, lengthened grip stocks that extended below the frame.

The Third Series ran from 1973 to 1986. A new shroud extended down from the barrel, enclosing and protecting the ejector rod, and the front sight was changed to a full ramp. New, oversize wood grip stocks were introduced that covered the front frame strap. The Third Series featured improvements to the revolver's internal lockwork as well. As with the previous two Series models, a few nickel-plated guns were produced, and a 3-inch-barrel variant was again offered. In 1986, facing stagnant sales numbers as well as rising production and labor costs, Colt discontinued production of the Detective Special.

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Condition: Used - See Item Description
Brand: COLT MFG CO INC
Caliber: .38 Special
Location: SC

Trades Accepted: No

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Item #: 919119654
SKU: DETECTIVE SPECIAL
Stock No.: 83421
Seller Since: Feb. 2015
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