Dating Your GunQuick Assist Prefix means the letter is at the beginning. Third Series — Manufactured from 1973 to 1986, this series included a hammer shroud, ramp sight, and oversized grips. The firearms offered have not been test fired but have been given a visual inspection only for auction purposes. Thanks for Looking and Good Luck!! I was only five years old when this Detective Special was new and I didn't begin collecting guns until 1980, which brings me to this proposition. Here's a nice Pre-War Colt Detective Special double action revolver.
His name was then engraved on the right side of the gun, which also bears Colt mother of pearl stocks. Fit and function are monotonously identical, and every single component will fit every single gun. Only 400 were manufactured in 1952. All Colt Cylinders turn to the right — thus binding the crane tight against the frame of the revolver — guaranteeing perfect alignment of chamber and barrel and adding materially to the accuracy of the arm. This early model retained the square butt grip frame of the Police Positive Special. In 1927, Colt introduced the compact Colt Detective Special.
Here are the collectible offspring of the decidedly noncollected Colt Police Positive. The shape of the hammer spur was changed and it was grooved instead of checkered. The table covers 1,430,512 guns over 70 years. Whether the customer needed a holster-sized revolver or a lighter, more compact model, Colt's pair of roundguns soon captured the lion's share of the American police market. I've stated many times on these pages that my goal is to buy a gun that would double in value every ten years.
While the car had previously been available in several hues, and polychromatic variations were offered later on as well, black was indeed the only color on the lot when he penned those words in 1922. Agent John Vukovich 1985 Chief Paul Schaeffe 1985 Charley Partanna 1985 Capt. Buyer Tip: If you're the High Bidder in an auction when it closes, don't assume you're the final High Bidder. While this approach would undoubtedly imbue Henry Ford with some post-mortem anger, the end result with this old Colt pistol is a fit and finish that exceed the capabilities of modern machinery to reproduce. Made in 1994 and 1995 as a limited edition. The topic I am now fully qualified to orate upon, however, is what these delightful little guns look like on the inside. There are others wherein the rod is left free.
We've chosen to go with the most common usage of Issues. The old style narrow grips were changed to a new combat style that wrapped around the front and bottom of the frame and the trigger was now smooth instead of grooved. Detective Special 2 inch Appearing on the market in 1927, the Colt Detective Special was designed as a snub nosed 6 shot revolver for plainclothes detectives and off duty police officers. Cobra: This was a lightweight, alloy-framed version of the Detective Special chambered in. This was one of Colt's most popular designs and was used for more versions and models than any other Colt double action revolver. Colt's first swing-out cylinder, double-action revolver, the Model of 1889, was adopted by the U. The gun is highly collectible, with 35,000 manufactured from 1926 to 1943.
Even at twice that number, the Fitz Special remains one of the most elusive Colt firearms in the world. They called them FitzGerald Specials, and many savvy gunmen preferred them for fighting guns. I know what I paid for it in 2005 and I have attempted to reflect accurate value points in 1975, 1985 and 1995. Steven Cale 1997 Sarkasian 3rd Generation 1997 John Potter 3rd Generation 1997 Antony Cortino white grips 1998 Wes 3rd gen 1998 Leo's agent 3rd Gen. Wrap-around wood grips were introduced in 1966.
These are all nice guns, but really, now. Simonson 1971 John Shaft 1971 Hitchiker 1971 Paul Sherman 1971 Van Gelder Cornelius 1971 mob hitman 1972 Mr. There is an interesting story of this gun connected to a police lieutenant from the state of Oregon. Yet another stainless variant, the Magnum Carry, was introduced in 1998 and was chambered in. Julia or Rock Island Auctions complete with photographs, as follows: 1924, Colt. Turn to the Right The Police Positive saw the light of day in 1905, when it debuted as an improvement on the old square-butted Colt New Police double-action six-shooter introduced in 1896. This rule applies not only to Pythons and Diamondbacks but to real stinkeroos like the ill-fated Model 2000 All-American 9 mm semiauto, too.
Some models with 3-inch barrels can also be found. The checkered walnut grips are in good condition with some wear but no cracks or chips. Note the square butt of the Police Positive Special In 1933 Colt altered the gun by rounding off the grip frame to make the gun easier to conceal. What made the exercise so interesting, however, was the subsequent glimpse into the way folks used to make these handguns. It's condition is pristine, unfired, no cylinder turn mark, came with original walnut grips, box and papers.
In all, the Police Positive made a fine-looking package. The little gun demands a certain intentionality to make it discharge, something that is immeasurably important for a deadly firearm that might end up loose in a purse or in a pocket alongside your most sensitive anatomy. It was made from 1947 to 1976. There is a well-attended religion that orbits around the nuances of collecting old revolvers, and I am not qualified to expound on the minutiae that define that particular gospel. Cosmetic changes included a rounded, checkered cylinder latch; wider rear sight groove; matted topstrap; checkered trigger; and a better quality finish. Fourth Series — Manufactured from 1993 to 1995, this series included factory rubber grips and a blued or chrome.
It was made from 1907 to 1927. This gets involved and can be confusing. Colt decided that this new version should have it's own name and in a stroke of genius, the gun was named the Colt Detective Special. This covered the hammer to prevent snagging in the clothing but allowed the hammer to still be cocked for single action. For alloy frame guns such as the Agent, Viper or Cobra, the recommended number of rounds between inspections is 1,000.