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New Colt Detective Special - Wow! :)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. bac1023

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    2012 has been an awesome year for me when it comes to classic vintage pistols and revolvers. I'm proud to add this one to the growing list...

    Here we have a straight serial number Detective Special in immaculate condition. I've been on the look out for a nice example of an early model for a while and now I have found one. It was built in 1960. They don't get much cleaner than this. Apparently, it was sitting in a man's safe for 50+ years. He was the original owner and when he died, his wife sold some of his guns to my local shop, this DS included. I don't think it was shot much if it was shot at all. To find a one owner 52 year-old revolver is rare. To find one in this condition, even more so. Sadly, the box was lost or trashed at some point over the last five decades, but this Colt is a real gem. I especially love the grain pattern of the grips.

    Here are some pics. I love old Colt and S&W wheelguns. :supergrin:

    As always, I welcome your thoughts. :cool:


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  2. 38 Super Fan

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    Wow, one owner, pretty cool. Another great pickup Brian! :thumbsup:
     
  3. fnfalman

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    I love those 100% checkered wooden grips too.

    Too bad my 1960s DS came with an aftermarket plastic grip (which made the gun very shootable, but nowhere as pretty as the factory wooden grip).
     
  4. ChiefWPD

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    Lovely gun. When I was with the NYPD we (or anyone with a permit for that matter) could find Colt DS handguns for little money. If you brought one in to a local city gun dealer they might offer you $40 bucks for a clean one.

    Times have changed a bit!
     
  5. bac1023

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    That's cool. :cool:

    Yeah, they have actually gone up quite a bit in just the past few years, as with most Colt DA revolvers.

    I figured to get one while they're still reasonable. I picked this one up for $750 OTD, whihc is not bad for one this old in this sort of condition.
     
  6. wrx04

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    I like that a lot. Cool little gun. Congrats.
     
  7. fnfalman

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    $750 for a gun of that vintage and condition? I'd pay it.

    I paid $550 for mine and it has more wear plus the non-factory grip.
     
  8. bac1023

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    Thanks. It was actually $829, but they gave me a great deal. Its the 6th gun I've bought from them in the last two weeks. They basically gave me $100 off.

    I guess they got it at a good price.
     
  9. G26S239

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    Congrats bac. The D frame colts are the best production 38 snubbies ever made IMO. I have a 1978 Detective that is beautiful. My old 1951 that I no longer have had holster wear and a crappy finish from neglect when I got it but had not been shot much. It was a damn fine gun.
     
  10. ronin.45

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    Great little snubby to add to the collection, BAC!

    I'm not up on Colts, what do you mean by "straight serial number"? We're some stamped crooked or were there variations in numbering?
     
  11. bac1023

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    Thanks

    By "straight serial number", I mean there are no letters, just numbers in the serial number.

    After 1966, Colt used letters to begin the serial numbers of the DS. Straight serial numbers are generally more desirable, because it usually menas the earlier production models.

    For instance, I own six Pythons, but only one has a straight serial number and that's my 1965 model. Pythons started with the letters in 1969.

    Here are Colt serial number ranges through the late 70's. Just click on the Detective special and you'll see the model range.

    http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

    Mine is 767xxx, meaning it was built in 1960.
     
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  12. G26S239

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    Yeah my 1951 was 600230.
     
  13. bac1023

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    Yep, looks like late 1951.

    Very cool :cool:
     
  14. bac1023

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    Thanks :wavey:
     
  15. bac1023

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    Thanks Cody :cool: