Selling most of my personal accumulation of Colt D frames. From me to your FFL Dealer. This item : Colt Detective Special( First Issue) .38 Special. SN 4752XX. Early 1941 manufacture. 2" barrel, Long square butt, Colt factory wood grips with silver medallions. Excellent ( 95% +/- ) condition. Beautiful, shiny bore and chambers. Flaws? - There is a small bit of wear at the muzzle and a ding on the right hand side of the trigger guard at the front. and there is a bare metal area of 1/4" by 1/4" behind and surrounding one chamber flute. I have seen similar finish damage caused by contact with wet, conventionally tanned leather. The left pistol grip is missing a small chip from the front toe. There is also a circular track on the cylinder along the rear of the barrel flutes. It is not caused by rubbing anything on the revolver and I attribute it to the holster or holder that held the arm. The backstrap exhibits a little freckling. That's it. Even the half-moon front sight retains all of its finish. Crisp, smooth action - the quality of the hand fitting and balancing of the action is evident and absolutely unmatched when compared to later ( still pretty good ) factory action tuning. Compare the little extras on this revolver which were dropped after the war - the trigger face, the hammer spur, and the cylinder latch are all checkered. The deep carbona blue is simply unavailable in more modern factory guns. Like all Colt DS's, this gun shoots great. I suspect this particular pre-war has spent most of its career in someones desk drawer as a "just in case" arm. Handling it, I cannot help but think of Robert Stack as Elliot Ness in "The Untouchables", or Sam Spade preparing to find out all the ins and outs of the Maltese Falcon. This gun is evocative of film noire and hard-bitten detectives. This is a "collector-grade" example of the early Detective Special. I truly like looking at it and handling it, but it is really too nice for me to keep, and it needs to go to a good home where it will be appreciated. My loss can be your gain. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Check my other auctions.
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