Can a Colt Detective Sp handle +P ammo? [Archive] - Glock Talk


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03-21-2011, 20:20
I found a 1994 Detective Special new in the box for sale. I am very interested in purchasing it and I would love to use it for carry this summer.

Can it handle +P ammo ?

What ammo and holster would you recommend for carry ?

Thanks !

DJ Niner
03-22-2011, 00:29
According to page #1 of the 2002 version of the Colt model "D" revolvers manual (which can be seen here):,_diamond_back,_police_positive,_agent,_cobra,_viper.pdf

use of +P .38 Special ammo is approved in steel-frame guns like the Detective Special, but it will accelerate wear on the weapon.


03-22-2011, 00:43
Practice with regular.
End with a cylinder of +P.
Carry +P.

03-22-2011, 05:36
I have read the same as above. My pick would be what was most accurate. Corbon DPX, Spear Gold Dot 135G. or Hornady Critical Defense.

05-10-2011, 17:49
I'd carry Federal 125 gr Nyclad HPs (standard pressure) and practice with 148 gr wad cutters. Carry in any kind of a pancake type holster that will keep it close to your body. Learn to float those bunny-loads into the target with precision and fear no evil. Carry 2 speedloaders.