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Old September 17, 2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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Colt serial numbers

Is there a site that can give date of mfg for a Colt Detective Spl?
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Old September 17, 2019, 04:27 PM   #2
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http://www.coltautos.com/DA/Detectiv...especialpd.htm
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Old September 17, 2019, 07:16 PM   #3
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Thank uou, but that only shows S/Ns up to 59999; not close to 95XXX
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Old September 17, 2019, 09:18 PM   #4
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Take a look at this site: http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html
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Old September 17, 2019, 09:34 PM   #5
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If it doesn't show at
https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup
call and ask. They have guns on file but no online.
Of course you will have to reveal the actual serial number, Internet Xs don't count.
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Old September 18, 2019, 10:16 AM   #6
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Thank you Jim; it appears the revolver began as a Colt Cobra Agent. Maybe it was returned for barrel work and they replaced it with a Det. Spl. Barrel.
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Old September 18, 2019, 01:26 PM   #7
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Is the frame aluminum? Cobra and Agent were lightweight models.
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Old September 18, 2019, 10:30 PM   #8
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That's the stumper, I believe it's steel.
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Old September 18, 2019, 11:33 PM   #9
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A magnet will tell you quick enough.
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Old September 19, 2019, 11:36 AM   #10
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Jim - Well, duh...boy do I feel dumb; yes it is steel.

I wonder if Colt just built a lot of D frames and threw them in a box, and 2", 3" and 4" barrels, and then just built a "kit gun" from all the parts? Why would a steel D frame get marked with a SN meant for an alum. D frame? Maybe it was built on a Monday....
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Old September 19, 2019, 12:31 PM   #11
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Colt is not real careful about such stuff. My ACE .22 is numbered like a .45. They sent out a lot of early Combat Commanders with Commander Model marked slides. Etc.
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Old September 19, 2019, 12:36 PM   #12
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Mystery solved! Operator error, I feel even dumber... The SN on the frame inside the crane is:
B0XXXX
4
I assumed the 4 was part of the SN. Rechecking proof house and Colt look up, the revolver is indeed a Police Positive / Detective Special made in 1970

The 4 must be a model or series number.

I want to thank all of you who tried to help lead me. I got my tongue over my eye tooth and couldn't see what I was saying.
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Old September 19, 2019, 05:11 PM   #13
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The "4" under the serial number is a Colt inspectors stamp.
It's the final inspectors mark.

There will also be the assemblers stamp on the left-rear of the trigger guard web, and the Colt Verified Proof stamp of a tiny "VP" in a triangle on the left-front of the trigger guard web.
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