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Colt Detective Special


The Colt Detective Special is an iconic police revolver initially used from 1927-46. The snubby is a shortened version of the earlier Colt Police Postive revolver. GunznGear reviews a third-generation version of this classic police sidearm.

May 08, 2011
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Tags: Revolvers, Colt, Backup Guns


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Gary Albert @ 5/19/2011 10:04 PM

You sure put a smile on my face with your article about my favorite wheel gun. The Colt Dective Special has been a part of my personal collection since 1976. We carried the god awful S&W model 59, and my Colt was never far behind. Having over thirty hand guns it will always rank as one of my favorites. My colt 2&1/2 inch Python coming in a close second. But not easy to conceal. No grand sons yet, but I hope to have a family member to pass on my cherished collection. Including my wonderful M1 Garand which I love with all my heart. Stay safe, shoot straight, and Semper Fi..

Lt. Sam @ 5/20/2011 11:05 PM

The model shown is a late Model Detective Special; earlier ones did not have a shroud over the ejector rod as he says. But, there were four late model variants of this weapon.

The Detective Special had all steel construction and a high polished finish, which was very expensive to produce.

The Colt Cobra, has alloy frame but steel barrel and cylinder, it also had the expensive highly polished finish. This was the gun Jack Ruby used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Colt Agent is the same as the Cobra but has a gray Parkerized finished which was much less expensive. I have carried one of these for many years as a backup in a De Santis pocket holster. The gun was highly modified with Mag-na-porting and a Hammer Safety and refinished by Mag-na-port Arms.

The Colt Commando was the same as the Detective Special but with the Parkerized finish.

It is a shame Colt doesn’t product more of these. The rounded front end made it a better pocket gun than the S&Ws which have sharp sights and front ends. A Detective Special in stainless steel with a black Melonite finish would be an ideal backup gun.

Paul Butler @ 7/15/2011 6:14 AM

I sat through this thing totaly bored to death. I was hoping for something that this guy just couldn't bring about. If were to hear him say "...ok..." one more time I swear I would throw my colt out of a window. Why do boring people try? It is truly unfortunate that Colt no longer makes this fine little gun.

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