Make: Colt’s Manufacturing Co.
Model: Detective Special (2nd Issue)
Serial Number: 515786
Year of Manufacture: 1949
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 crane cut is marked “515786” and “5”.The crane is marked “515786”. At the top front of the left side trigger guard there is a mark that looks like a combined “V” “P” contained within a triangle. At the top rear of the left side trigger guard is an “F”. The left side plate is marked with a Rampant Colt. The left side of the grip frame is marked with a small triangle, an “O”, an upside down “V” and an “O”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A”.
Barrel Length: 2”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a fixed serrated ramped front sight and a square notch rear sight milled into a groove in the top strap. There are serrations along the edge of the top strap groove to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece grips are checkered wood with silver colored Colt medallions. There is a chip missing from the lower center checkering of the right grip panel. The left grip panel has some compression marks and it’s checkering is flattened near the bottom. Please see photos. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is almost sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 65% of its metal finish. The most notable scratches are located; across the bottom of the left side plate, on the top of the left grip frame, and at the back of the trigger guard (see photo). There are cylinder drag marks and the balance of the finish is a gray patina where the blue finish is worn. There is the slightest suggestion of the beginnings of erosion on the frame and sideplate behind the cylinder area (possibly where the gun was not protected by a holster.) The screw heads are still sharp, but clearly have been turned. The left side plate has not been reinstalled flush at the area above the trigger. There are several very tiny marks on the muzzle crown. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action, however, the cylinder does not lock up completely on one particular chamber. A gunsmith can cure this problem. We have not fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Colt Detective special started out as a shortened barrel Police Positive, coming into its own with a rounded grip frame as the snubnose of choice for those who wanted six shots. The S&W Chiefs Special is only five shot. This particular example requires examination by a competent gunsmith.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver can be transferred in California, and is C&R eligible and can be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT)at our shop in Simi Valley.
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