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RAY WOODROW 3RD
March 29, 2002, 03:45 PM
I just picked up(well its paid for just waiting on the permit) a colt detective special. It has a 2" barrel with detective special on it and its a blued six shot .38 special. The start of the serial numbers is 91014xx I beleive. Below the serial number on the inside of where the yoke of the cylinder closes are two letters "LA". does anybody know what that means?

James K
March 29, 2002, 10:30 PM
Hi, Ray,

You are being ignored because I suspect no one knows the answer. Very likely those letters are some sort of inspector marking, but I don't know. The serial number you gave is not possible, and I think you have one too many "x"s. A Detective Special in the 910xxx series would have been made in 1966 and should have a "D" in front of the serial.

Jim

RAY WOODROW 3RD
March 29, 2002, 10:41 PM
No. If I remember correctly, no "D" is in front of the serial #. 910143 is the serial # I remember. I should have written it down. I was just curious what the "LA" was and I guess everyone else is also. Have I stumped the "TFL wise men?" I will get a better discription on Moday.:D

BADSBSNF81
March 29, 2002, 11:55 PM
RW, what Jim K wrote about the SN is correct. There is the possiblity that the D was lightly struck or maybe it was left off and is a factory mistake. You could letter it from Colt, but, that is expensive (@ $100 IIRC).