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Old June 13, 2019, 09:54 PM   #4
Dfariswheel
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There are TWO Colt Police Positive models.

One is the Police Positive chambered for short obsolete cartridges like the .32 and .38 S&W.
This model has a shorter frame and cylinder.
Since Colt didn't want S&W's name on their guns, Colt simply re-named the .32 and .38 S&W as the .32 and .38 Colt New Police.

The other model is the Colt Police Positive Special.
This was chambered for the .38 Special and .32-20.
This model has a longer frame and cylinder for use with the longer cartridges.

As long as either model is in proper working condition they are safe with the appropriate ammunition.
The Police Positive Special should not be used with +P ammunition unless it was made after 1973.
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