Make: Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing, Co.
Model: Police Positive .38 (First Issue)
Serial Number: 86520
Year of Manufacture: 1916
Caliber: .38 S&W. NOTE: NOT .38 Special
Action Type: Single Action and Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Colt Police Positive .38”. The crane cut is marked “86520” and “q”. The crane is marked “86520”. There is what looks like a combined “V” and “P” contained inside a triangle at the top front of the trigger guard on the left side. There is a “3” at the top rear of the trigger guard on the left side. There is a Rampant Colt on the left side plate. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D AUG. 5. 1884 JUNE 5. 1900 JULY 4. 1905.” Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a fixed rounded blade front sight and “V” notch rear sight milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece grips are hard rubber with a “C” around the grip screw and “COLT” in an oval at the top. There are no chips or cracks, and only a mild scratch on the bottom of the left grip panel. The grips are in surprisingly nice condition. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is almost bright and the rifling is not quite sharp. There are signs of erosion at the forcing cone and some light rust pitting near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 60% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish is a gray patina. There is a smooth to the touch ¼” scratch near the front side plate screw. The screw heads are still sharp, with only the rear side plate screw showing any sign of distress. The markings are clear. The knurled nut at the end of the ejector rod is missing. The trigger is smooth and the hammer is finely checkered. There is a small ding at the outside edge of the muzzle crown, located between 6 and 7 o’clock. Overall, this revolver rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action. We have not fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Colt Police Positive.38 was an improvement on the Colt New Police model. Chambered in .38 S&W, Colt apparently could not bring themselves to stamp “S&W” on the barrel as the cartridge designation. This example shows more wear on the finish than the grips, causing us to wonder if they are replacements. It is still in good mechanical condition to be a shooter, but is probably more interesting to the collector.
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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