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March 03, 2015, 23:20
I started a trade with someone on the Coltforum - two of my guns for one of his guns and $500 cash money. I got his check yesterday and the revolver today. A bit of an anomaly; a pre-WWII serial number on the frame, the backstrap is engraved U. S. Customs and a 4 digit number (1441) on the bottom of the grip - but the 2" Detective Special is a post-WWII barrel. It is probable that someone put the 2" barrel on the gun but there are some Postal Service hand guns that were converted to snub nose by the Post Office......


March 04, 2015, 00:36
That's a beaut! I love the rampant Colt medallions on the grips.

Can you do a close up of the barrel w/ markings? The placement of the rollmarks will tell if this is custom or aftermarket.

What a beautiful piece of history...thanks for sharing.


March 04, 2015, 00:55
GM this revolver was the subject of a discussion on the Coltforums; here's a defining post regarding the barrel:

Just a note. The barrel would date between 1955 and 1962. From 1947-54 the barrels were marked "Colt's Mfg. Co." (the name of the company was changed after WWII). In 1955 the company sold and the name changed back to "Colt's PT.F.A. Mfg. Co.", the marking seen on your barrel. Also, your barrel has a modified pre-war (ramped) sight which was used until 1962 when they switched to a flat, blade type sight. The sights actually are a separate piece which was pressed into a slot in the barrel.

Colt's Serial Number Look-up and Proofhouse gives the following identity of the serial number: 1936 POLICE POSITIVE SPECIAL & DETECTIVE SPECIAL.

Like most of Customs purchased revolvers of the time frame it probably came from Colt with a 4" barrel; somewhere along its life the gun obviously had its barrel changed with a barrel stamped with markings that indicate the barrel is from the (correction) 1947-1950 time frame. Its possible that (like some Postal Inspector guns) Treasury/Customs had the barrel replaced to provide a snub-nose gun to someone with a need for a snubby; but more then likely the barrel was replaced by a collector. Either way I am going to letter this one with Colt to see what may have been!

Heck it will even make a nice carry piece!

March 04, 2015, 01:33
What a great story on this piece! Thanks for sharing. By all means, letter the hell out of it.

That's an ideal carry piece. The fact that a model has been made for decades speaks volumes. I occasionally carry older S&W pieces as my carry rig...I get such a hoot over people that hate.

Carry on, brother!

March 04, 2015, 08:11
I love it! Awesome little wheelgun!

March 04, 2015, 10:35
I agree, would make a great little pocket carry piece.:)