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Old 08-14-2012, 17:30   #1
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Colt Police Positive stamped 'Chase Manattan Bank"

It's in.38 S&W. 4 inch barrel.

Anyone ever hear of one being stamped with that?

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Old 08-14-2012, 19:21   #2
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Never heard of one, but it certainly sounds cool.
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Old 08-14-2012, 19:25   #3
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The pictures aren't showing up very well.
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Old 08-14-2012, 19:26   #4
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Old 08-14-2012, 19:30   #5
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Without pictures it never happened....
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Old 08-14-2012, 20:05   #6
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Well I have a C note on it but a few more before it's mine.

But I will photo it when I get it.

Oh, I did find this on another board:

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"The four inch has a very interesting thumb latch. Note that it is rotated in place. Unmarke except for an inventory number on the backstrap, the gun was used by bank guards at Chase Manhattan Bank. The bank had the Colts altered by adding a unique safety feature controlled by the thumb latch. With the latch rotated up, the gun cannot fire. It was done so that a gun taken from a guard was not usable."

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Old 08-14-2012, 21:57   #7
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Ah.. it's Chase National Bank on the backstrap!! Not Manhattan!

Serial # 131xxx.

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Old 08-15-2012, 01:27   #8
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No idea, sounds cool though.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:48   #9
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I have a friend who has a very nice colt police positive with Lexington KY Police Department stamped on it. I have seen the revolver and its in excellent condition. He bought it 30 or 40 yrs. ago at a gun shop in the mountains of KY where he had a coca-cola truck route. He finally agreed to sell it to me when he decides to sell it.

The local gun/pawn has a S&W auto 9mm with Atlanta Police Dept. Stamped on it. I have never heard of a bank stamp but would assume it's quite possible especially if Chase placed a large order with colt at some point.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:51   #10
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Interesting...

I'd buy it if the price is reasonable just because.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:41   #11
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This was common back in the day. You will find them stamped with department names, railroads, banks. A few years ago a bunch came in from Taiwan marked Taiwan police.

Nice piece of history
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This was common back in the day. You will find them stamped with department names, railroads, banks. A few years ago a bunch came in from Taiwan marked Taiwan police.

Nice piece of history
While that's true, not too many guns were specified to be modified by the factory. That's what makes this one interesting.

I saw a nice Detroit PD nickel plated Colt but the shop wanted too much and the action was looser than a goose.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:44   #13
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Here's a couple of Colt Police Positives, one old, one new. The old one was won by an officer in 1925 while in the Police Academy (he retired as a lt. in the early 1950s). Clearly, it has never been fired. No cylinder ring.

The new one is a heavy barrel model I carried sometimes while in the NYPD. Had it Teflon coated and its sharp edges ground down. The grips are by Fuzzy Farant (custom grip maker from the LA area). Note that the grip on the side of the gun that is against the body has no checkering or palm swell. Very compact, very comfortable.

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:12   #14
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So head down to your local Chase branch. . And when the person there asks "may I help you", whip it out. . .

When the cops show up you can just claim that you are a good citizen and were just trying to return the bank's property to them. .
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Chief,

The heavy barrel Colt is a MkIII, right?
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The heavy barrel Colt is a MkIII, right?
Sure looks like it
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Old 08-15-2012, 17:18   #17
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Ok I found the paperwork. SN was NOT 131 but 150xxx. 1923!

It was the Colt Bankers Special in .38 S&W.

Just a few weeks and I'll grab it! Yes pictures to along with my Nickel Colt DS.

And I'll shoot them a bit and let you know how they do.

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Chief,

The heavy barrel Colt is a MkIII, right?
Nope, it's a Colt Police Positive (see photo below). Just a Detective Special with a heavy barrel. I must have purchased it around 30 years ago. I think I'll take it out to the range tomorrow and exercise her.

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