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Old April 3, 2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Colt Detective Special Cylinder Latch Question

I just purchased a mint Colt Detective Special made in 1995. When I brought it home, I noticed there is what appears to be a semi-clear piece of plastic behind the cylinder latch where it meets the frame. Is this supposed to be there?
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Old April 3, 2010, 12:01 PM   #2
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Yes, it keeps the latch from rubbing on the sideplate.
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Old April 5, 2010, 02:40 PM   #3
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That plastic was put on purely to prevent a cosmetic problem in new guns as they were handled in a gun shop. It was normally removed by the purchaser. If it doesn't bother you, there is no reason not to leave it.

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Old April 5, 2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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Assuming you mean the white nylon stud on the underside of the cylinder latch, it's there to prevent the latch from scratching the bluing.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE IT.
It's not removable without disassembling the gun and is a necessary part.
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Old April 5, 2010, 09:30 PM   #5
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Sorry, I was referring to a little flat plastic tab that some dealers used to insert for the same purpose. The nylon stub is factory and should be left alone, as Dfariswheel says. Actually, nothing is really needed except for cosmetic reasons. Those latches marked the bluing for about 80 years without anyone becoming upset.

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