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Old April 29, 2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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info about a colt detective special 38spl

I want to know about this gun I've bought. I think it's a pre 1954 Colt Detective Special. I want to use it as a concel carry. Will the loads of today be too hot for this gun? Ser# 98007x.

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Old April 29, 2010, 03:58 PM   #2
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will tell you the date/year of manufacture.

I have a first year production DS and I will not shoot anything but factory 148WC or my own light reloads through it - (family heirloom)
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Old April 29, 2010, 04:06 PM   #3
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It's my understanding that those manufactured prior to '72, their 3rd variation, ARE NOT rated for +P. So stick with standard pressure ammo. Not that the revolver is going to explode, but it will loosen up.
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Old April 29, 2010, 05:40 PM   #4
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When in doubt, shoot the ammo it was designed to shoot. I have a box of 1951 production 38 Special Police Service 158 gr lead bullet cartridges I would be happy to sell to you.
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Old April 30, 2010, 01:38 PM   #5
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for the info! I thought that I needed to stay with the low pressure ammo.

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