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Old February 11, 2007, 11:10 PM   #1
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I bought a .38 Colt Detective Special

I love this little gun. I has some good accuracy even at some distance.
I was wondering how I could tell how old the gun is. The extractor rod is not shrouded so it is 30 years old at least I think.
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Old February 12, 2007, 01:09 AM   #2
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Check the serial numbers here for a production date:
http://proofhouse.com/colt/
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Old February 12, 2007, 01:10 AM   #3
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Old February 12, 2007, 09:01 PM   #4
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THE snubby revolver that started it all is a shroudless 6 shot Detective Special. I too have a 2cond generation one of these classic and timeless guns and love mine too.


Good buy BloodyIgor
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Old February 12, 2007, 10:48 PM   #5
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I think mine is a 2nd generation also. It realy is a great little gun.
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Old February 12, 2007, 10:54 PM   #6
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Great link. Thanks. It's a 1960-61. Older than I thought.
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Old February 13, 2007, 10:42 AM   #7
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Great choice, I have a 1966 Cobra just love it. I prefer the unshrouded guns, I like the sights better. Your gun must have the longer grip. in 1966 they came out with the Cobra and DS with the agent size grip. Lockup is nice and tight on these guns. Word of caution don't dry fire these guns. Check and see how nice and tight the gun locks up. Make sure it's unloaded of course. Put you thumb on the hammer then pull the trigger and hold the trigger to the rear. Check the cylinder for tightness back and forth and side to side there should be no play at all. The reason I put my thumb on the hammer is because I do not want to dry fire the weapon, your just controlling the hammer down easy. I use non +P ammo in my gun, 125 nyclad and 125 Gold dots all non +P standard velocity. Try the Blackhawk Bernes holster it will fit this gun. Good shooting with your new DS
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Old February 13, 2007, 09:42 PM   #8
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Yes I did that test before I bought it. And it is very tight.
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Old March 23, 2011, 08:20 AM   #9
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i have a problem about the dead range or the effective distance of this gun

can any1 let me know whether we may use this gun over 50 meters of a distance like most of the 9mm semi autos????
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Old March 23, 2011, 08:32 AM   #10
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I had a second gen with a factory hammer shroud for awhile.

Unfortunately, after years of shooting Smith & Wesson revolvers I just couldn't transition over to the "pull the thumbpiece" to open the cylinder.

After awhile I ended up trading it on a nickeled, square-butt S&W Model 36 with a 3" barrel. Which I later sold to a friend's father as he wanted a sailboat gun...
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Old March 23, 2011, 08:47 AM   #11
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I have a 3rd-gen that has become my regular carry piece. Great gun.
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Old March 23, 2011, 09:27 AM   #12
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Quote:
Word of caution don't dry fire these guns.
Can you explain why? I never heard anything substantial that dry firing any centerfire revolver was harmful to the gun. So do tell us...
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Old March 23, 2011, 10:41 PM   #13
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I have a 1951 DS that's never been fired. It feels nice in the hand, but I'll never know how it shoots.
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Old March 23, 2011, 10:53 PM   #14
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I dry fire mine now and then. I use snap caps to cushion the impact of the firing pin.
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