Model: Detective Special
Serial Number: 53305 R
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single Action and Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “DETECTIVE SPEC. / .38 SPECIAL CTG.” The left side plate has a Rampant Colt logo, and the left side of the trigger guard has a “J” at the rear. The inside of the crane and crane cut of the frame are both marked “53305 R”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “C”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”
Barrel Length: 2”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a matte ramped front sight and square notch rear sight milled into the top frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are rubber Pachmayer Presentation/Compac model. The grips have no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp There is no erosion and the muzzle crown has one tiny ding.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are light drag marks on the cylinder. There is a small spot in the finish made by some roughness at the top left edge of the crown, and the right front edge of the frame is shiny. The Screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action. We have not fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Detective Special is considered the first modern snub nose revolver. Originally made in 1926, it was basically a Police Positive Special with a 2” barrel. Many people prefer this model snubbie to the S&W Chiefs Special because it has a six shot capacity. Colt states in their copyright 1993 safety and instruction manual that steel frame Detective Specials are suitable for using .38 +P ammunition whether or not they are in current production. This particular revolver is in excellent condition. This is the one you have been looking for, to go with your new concealed carry permit.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver is not on the California “roster of certified for sale handguns”, and can only be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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