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Old school snubbie

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by JTipper.45, May 2, 2011.

  1. JTipper.45


    Nov 14, 2004
    Well, while doing a little cleaning in my late step-fathers old shop I came across a little something.


    It's a late 70s Colt Detective Special. I was told by my mother that its was my step-fathers boot gun when he worked for the PD back in the 80s. It's not really in too bad a shape except for the blueing, you can tell it was carried alot. Surface rust only, no pitting, lots of dust from where it had been "put away" but original grips had been damaged and you can see where someone had wood glued them back together. I took it home and after an hour or so it cleaned up pretty decent. Now my dillema. I dont know If I want to spend the bucks to send it back to Colt for reblueing, locate some original type grips and pack it in the safe, or have it reblued, replace the grips with a set of Badger boot grips and get a good ankle holster and carry on the tradition. Gimme some advise everyone! I'm kinda stuck here!
  2. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    They're sweet guns. I have a vintage DS-III myself, but in polished stainless. Like all Colt revolvers, they need to be maintained and that might include inspection and repair by somebody that knows how to work on them.

  3. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Frame it and hang it as a memorial.... It's character.
  4. S. Kelly

    S. Kelly

    Jan 31, 2000
    Boston MA
    Leave it as is and remember, it's earned all that wear. It gives it character.
  5. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Very nice. I would clean it up but not refinish it.
  6. JTipper.45


    Nov 14, 2004
    OK, far the concensus is for cleaning her up and packing it. So, far be it for me to buck the system! I took it to the local wheelgun guru. He checked her over and everything looks good. No end shake and timing was good, trigger sound. The boogered up grips were kickin the hell out of my OCD so I scrounged through all the local pawn shops lookin for grips. All I could find was a set of Pachmayr Sig Grippers, and I found these in an old shop with alot of old police gear from the 80s. Would have loved to have found a set of Compacs but these will do until I can afford a set of Badgers.


    Now the other question.....holster. Pancake, Scabbard, IWB ?

    BULLRUNN Double Tap

    Oct 1, 2001
    Hampton Roads
    Clean it function test it but do not REFINISH IT... it is dripping history... leave it alone...
  8. JTipper.45


    Nov 14, 2004
    The plan now is to leave it as is. I've been digging on the internet and found a few holsters that look good. If I start carrying it as a BUG I was looking at a vest holster.

    This one is by Rusty Sherrick,

    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  9. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

    Jan 2, 2007
    I LOVE the grips. Love love love those Pachmayrs.

    Also, and this is just me, but I wouldn't spend a whole crap ton of money on a complicated vest rig. Uncle Mikes IWB holster inside the left straps of the vest works perfectly for me.
  10. CJStudent

    CJStudent Fenced In

    Nov 3, 2005
    5.11 BBS holster worked very well for vest carry for me. $10 or so, IIRC.
  11. If you have a belly band laying around, you could wear that up around your chest and carry your BUG in a shoulder holster/cross draw configuration....:wavey: I believe Pachmayr has a "Compac" grip for those as well.
  12. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Good choice on lettin her be... I love character in an old gun like that!
  13. JTipper.45


    Nov 14, 2004
    I have one of those around here somewhere still in the BBS kit bag....I just cant find the dang thing!

    And I'm still on the lookout for some compac grips. I hope to get to the range soon and put a few rounds through her.