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bac1023
08-15-2012, 08:45
2012 has been an awesome year for me when it comes to classic vintage pistols and revolvers. I'm proud to add this one to the growing list...

Here we have a straight serial number Detective Special in immaculate condition. I've been on the look out for a nice example of an early model for a while and now I have found one. It was built in 1960. They don't get much cleaner than this. Apparently, it was sitting in a man's safe for 50+ years. He was the original owner and when he died, his wife sold some of his guns to my local shop, this DS included. I don't think it was shot much if it was shot at all. To find a one owner 52 year-old revolver is rare. To find one in this condition, even more so. Sadly, the box was lost or trashed at some point over the last five decades, but this Colt is a real gem. I especially love the grain pattern of the grips.

Here are some pics. I love old Colt and S&W wheelguns. :supergrin:

As always, I welcome your thoughts. :cool:


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/011-3.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/014-4.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/004-3.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/013-1.jpg

bac1023
08-15-2012, 08:45
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/017-4.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/016-3.jpg

38 Super Fan
08-15-2012, 09:17
Wow, one owner, pretty cool. Another great pickup Brian! :thumbsup:

fnfalman
08-15-2012, 09:31
I love those 100% checkered wooden grips too.

Too bad my 1960s DS came with an aftermarket plastic grip (which made the gun very shootable, but nowhere as pretty as the factory wooden grip).

glockrex
08-15-2012, 09:45
Sweeeet! Very nice, congrats.

ChiefWPD
08-15-2012, 09:48
Lovely gun. When I was with the NYPD we (or anyone with a permit for that matter) could find Colt DS handguns for little money. If you brought one in to a local city gun dealer they might offer you $40 bucks for a clean one.

Times have changed a bit!

bac1023
08-15-2012, 10:34
Lovely gun. When I was with the NYPD we (or anyone with a permit for that matter) could find Colt DS handguns for little money. If you brought one in to a local city gun dealer they might offer you $40 bucks for a clean one.

Times have changed a bit!

That's cool. :cool:

Yeah, they have actually gone up quite a bit in just the past few years, as with most Colt DA revolvers.

I figured to get one while they're still reasonable. I picked this one up for $750 OTD, whihc is not bad for one this old in this sort of condition.

wrx04
08-15-2012, 10:38
I like that a lot. Cool little gun. Congrats.

fnfalman
08-15-2012, 11:00
$750 for a gun of that vintage and condition? I'd pay it.

I paid $550 for mine and it has more wear plus the non-factory grip.

bac1023
08-15-2012, 11:09
$750 for a gun of that vintage and condition? I'd pay it.

I paid $550 for mine and it has more wear plus the non-factory grip.

Thanks. It was actually $829, but they gave me a great deal. Its the 6th gun I've bought from them in the last two weeks. They basically gave me $100 off.

I guess they got it at a good price.

G26S239
08-15-2012, 11:29
Congrats bac. The D frame colts are the best production 38 snubbies ever made IMO. I have a 1978 Detective that is beautiful. My old 1951 that I no longer have had holster wear and a crappy finish from neglect when I got it but had not been shot much. It was a damn fine gun.

ronin.45
08-15-2012, 11:34
Great little snubby to add to the collection, BAC!

I'm not up on Colts, what do you mean by "straight serial number"? We're some stamped crooked or were there variations in numbering?

bac1023
08-15-2012, 13:08
Great little snubby to add to the collection, BAC!

I'm not up on Colts, what do you mean by "straight serial number"? We're some stamped crooked or were there variations in numbering?

Thanks

By "straight serial number", I mean there are no letters, just numbers in the serial number.

After 1966, Colt used letters to begin the serial numbers of the DS. Straight serial numbers are generally more desirable, because it usually menas the earlier production models.

For instance, I own six Pythons, but only one has a straight serial number and that's my 1965 model. Pythons started with the letters in 1969.

Here are Colt serial number ranges through the late 70's. Just click on the Detective special and you'll see the model range.

http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Mine is 767xxx, meaning it was built in 1960.

G26S239
08-15-2012, 13:29
Thanks

By "straight serial number", I mean there are no letters, just numbers in the serial number.

After 1966, Colt used letters to begin the serial numbers of the DS. Straight serial numbers are generally more desirable, because it usually menas the earlier production models.

For instance, I own six Pythons, but only one has a straight serial number and that's my 1965 model. Pythons started with the letters in 1969.

Here are Colt serial number ranges through the late 70's. Just click on the Detective special and you'll see the model range.

http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Mine is 767xxx, meaning it was built in 1960.

Yeah my 1951 was 600230.

bac1023
08-15-2012, 13:34
Yeah my 1951 was 600230.

Yep, looks like late 1951.

Very cool :cool:

dnuggett
08-15-2012, 13:38
Very nice!

s&wfan
08-15-2012, 14:45
Absolutely beautiful gun.

bac1023
08-15-2012, 15:24
Very nice!

Absolutely beautiful gun.

Thanks :wavey:

bac1023
08-15-2012, 15:24
Wow, one owner, pretty cool. Another great pickup Brian! :thumbsup:

Thanks Cody :cool:

RYNOCG201
08-15-2012, 15:44
That is a beautiful gun. Congrats!

JeepinOverU
08-15-2012, 15:55
They are still out there, same as muscle car barn finds. Does anyone know where you can get the extractor/ratchet part for the colt agent/detective special?

G26S239
08-15-2012, 16:48
They are still out there, same as muscle car barn finds. Does anyone know where you can get the extractor/ratchet part for the colt agent/detective special?

Try here http://www.gunpartscorp.com

Berto
08-15-2012, 16:54
Damn, that IS a nice one, my favorite generation too.

FLRon777
08-15-2012, 16:56
Congratulations on your new pony. Detective Specials, while plentiful, are starting to climb in pricing, particularly a model of that vintage, in that condition.

Use and enjoy her in good health!

PS - Your local gun shop owner must be about ready to move to a larger house after the month he is having! :)

bac1023
08-15-2012, 17:01
Damn, that IS a nice one, my favorite generation too.

Thanks Berto.

I guess that would be 2nd gen. It's my favorite also.

The action is damn nice.

bac1023
08-15-2012, 17:02
Congratulations on your new pony. Detective Specials, while plentiful, are starting to climb in pricing, particularly a model of that vintage, in that condition.

Use and enjoy her in good health!


Thanks Ron :wavey:

Magus
08-15-2012, 17:32
Awesome purchase. The Colt Detective was always one of my favorites. Had one and stupidly parted with it. Wasn't as old as yours, made in the 70's and had the underlug.

glock2740
08-15-2012, 17:35
:wow:Congrats Brian! :thumbsup:You're on a Europian/Old School roll man. :cool:

bac1023
08-15-2012, 17:53
:wow:Congrats Brian! :thumbsup:You're on a Europian/Old School roll man. :cool:

Thanks Joe.

Yeah, that's been my theme all year. :cool:

40frank
08-15-2012, 18:05
Wow, great find. I let a nice one get away once and regretted it ever since. It was in the dealer's case, I went to debate it over lunch, came back and it was gone. I would actually over pay for one at this point. Congrats on your gem of a revolver.

bmoore
08-15-2012, 18:28
Another beauty, you need an LAPD detective badge next to that thing with a small pocket note pad. Although I think they carried Smiths.

FireForged
08-15-2012, 19:23
Awesome! I love old wheelguns. Thanks for not stuffing something in the trigger guard in the pics.

bac1023
08-15-2012, 19:39
Awesome! I love old wheelguns.

Thanks, so do I. :cool:

bac1023
08-15-2012, 19:39
Thanks for not stuffing something in the trigger guard in the pics.

I never do that.

got2hav1
08-15-2012, 19:59
Wow, another nice example. Beautiful DS and I like the grips. Congrats

bac1023
08-15-2012, 20:08
Wow, another nice example. Beautiful DS and I like the grips. Congrats

Thanks :wavey:

BuckyP
08-15-2012, 20:21
Beautiful gun.

I have a soft spot in my heart for these. It is likely one of the first handguns I ever handled. My Grandfather owned one and was the only handgun in the family.... till I turned 21. :whistling:

He's been gone a few years, but Grandma keeps it around "just in case". Good for her. It should be mine next when she is gone (Dad's wife is anti gun, so he won't take it). Hopefully, that is a long way off though.

Come to think of it, I'll need to research the date of his. I believe late 1960s, early 1970s. His had the unshrouded ejector as well. Anyone know what year they went with the shrouded ejectors?

Really enjoying all these threads of these great acquisitions. Keep 'em coming!
:thumbsup:

Wyoming
08-15-2012, 20:34
2012 has been a really great year for you! How you have found unique in primo condition is just amazing.

The best part is 2012 still more than four months left my friend. We may not have seen the best yet.

We know you will go for it.:thumbsup:

Glock40man
08-16-2012, 00:34
Another fine addition to your collection bac. Congrats!:cool:

bac1023
08-16-2012, 00:50
Come to think of it, I'll need to research the date of his. I believe late 1960s, early 1970s. His had the unshrouded ejector as well. Anyone know what year they went with the shrouded ejectors?



The ejector shroud started in 1973.

bac1023
08-16-2012, 00:52
2012 has been a really great year for you! How you have found unique in primo condition is just amazing.

The best part is 2012 still more than four months left my friend. We may not have seen the best yet.

We know you will go for it.:thumbsup:

Thanks, my friend.

Yes, its been a great year for me. I'm not done yet. :supergrin:

silversport
08-16-2012, 04:28
gorgeous but I have a thing for Colt's...now go watch Frank Sinatra in The Detective...

Bill

JimM_PA
08-16-2012, 04:47
That is a great looking gun! The older Colts set the standard IMO.

bac1023
08-16-2012, 04:50
gorgeous but I have a thing for Colt's...now go watch Frank Sinatra in The Detective...

Bill

I never saw that movie, Bill.

I'll have to check it out. :cool:

bac1023
08-16-2012, 04:54
That is a great looking gun! The older Colts set the standard IMO.

Thanks

The old colts were great revolvers for sure. :cool:

craig19
08-16-2012, 08:24
That is one nice looking Colt! Congrats, BAC.

bac1023
08-16-2012, 09:45
Thanks Craig :)

Berto
08-16-2012, 14:14
Thanks Berto.

I guess that would be 2nd gen. It's my favorite also.

The action is damn nice.

Or 'series', since some folks get nutty about the term 'generation' in discussing Det Specials.

I like the exposed ER versions and Rnd butts.

bac1023
08-16-2012, 15:17
Or 'series', since some folks get nutty about the term 'generation' in discussing Det Specials.

I like the exposed ER versions and Rnd butts.

True, I guess its more of a series.

RYT 2BER
08-16-2012, 20:24
Congrats!

Not that it's my business, but have you shared with gt what you do for a living ? :innocent:

true believer
08-16-2012, 20:32
nice!!! congrats...

here is mine..took it to range and it shoots great!!

pennlineman
08-16-2012, 20:35
Another nice one! Congrats! :thumbsup:

bac1023
08-16-2012, 20:42
Another nice one! Congrats! :thumbsup:

Thanks :cool:

bac1023
08-16-2012, 20:42
nice!!! congrats...

here is mine..took it to range and it shoots great!!

Very nice

byf43
08-16-2012, 20:50
bac,


Wow! Just. . . . . wow!
Absolutely beautiful DS!!

bac1023
08-16-2012, 21:03
bac,


Wow! Just. . . . . wow!
Absolutely beautiful DS!!

Thanks, my friend :cool:

true believer
08-16-2012, 21:31
Very nice

:wavey:thank you!!:wavey:

silversport
08-18-2012, 06:12
I never saw that movie, Bill.

I'll have to check it out. :cool:

...an oldie but a goodie and will feature your new acquisition...

Bill

bac1023
08-18-2012, 06:38
...an oldie but a goodie and will feature your new acquisition...

Bill

I like a lot of the old movies, actually.

Line Rider
08-18-2012, 11:01
Beautiful gun. I'd have to carry it a least a couple of time if I had it.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 11:27
Beautiful gun. I'd have to carry it a least a couple of time if I had it.

I never carried a revolver..

Bruce M
08-18-2012, 13:46
Another great, classic addition

bac1023
08-18-2012, 13:49
Thanks Bruce :)

DustyJacket
08-18-2012, 14:19
Wonderful piece.

Nothing like that ever makes it to the display cabinets at my local store. The workers snatch them up before the rest of us get a chance.

countrygun
08-18-2012, 14:27
My but you are doing a good job of finding things on my "someday'" list. That is the the guns not quite on my "bucket" list, but "someday if I run across one at a decent price...." Of course being the old scalawag I am I would (and have) pass up a fine collectors grade like that so someone who could appreciate it, like yourself, could find it. I like a little wear so I don't feel guilty about carrying it. I appreciate fine, beautiful and almost pristine, but I lack self-discipline.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 14:36
Wonderful piece.

Nothing like that ever makes it to the display cabinets at my local store. The workers snatch them up before the rest of us get a chance.

That sucks...

HexHead
08-18-2012, 15:10
Congrats on a nice find. I've got two DSs, both 3rd issue. A 1977 which had box and papers and a 1978, which I carry regularly.

Using a 10x magnifier, a strong light and a silicon cloth, I was able to ascertain the slightest hint of a suggestion of a turn line on the '78. None on the '77.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 15:26
Congrats on a nice find. I've got two DSs, both 3rd issue. A 1977 which had box and papers and a 1978, which I carry regularly.

Using a 10x magnifier, a strong light and a silicon cloth, I was able to ascertain the slightest hint of a suggestion of a turn line on the '78. None on the '77.

Pics? :cool:

CJStudent
08-18-2012, 16:25
Yet another great find, Bac! Ironic that I saw this today, too; I was eyeing a Colt Trooper Mk3 (I think on the Mk; sure it was a Trooper) at my favorite lgs today.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 17:18
Yet another great find, Bac! Ironic that I saw this today, too; I was eyeing a Colt Trooper Mk3 (I think on the Mk; sure it was a Trooper) at my favorite lgs today.

That's cool. The MK III doesn't have the Python action though.

CJStudent
08-18-2012, 18:22
That's cool. The MK III doesn't have the Python action though.

Aha! Good to know. I'm not really knowledgeable on the Colt revolvers, but I'm starting to learn.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 18:25
Aha! Good to know. I'm not really knowledgeable on the Colt revolvers, but I'm starting to learn.

The action isn't bad though.

The Python action started getting too costly for Colt. As time went on, only the Python has it.

hogship
08-18-2012, 18:31
Great pick-up, bac.......

How about a group shot of this years purchases?

ooc

CJStudent
08-18-2012, 18:32
The action isn't bad though.

The Python action started getting too costly for Colt. As time went on, only the Python has it.

Good to know. Yeah, I walked out of there today with way too many ideas, lol. Also now wanting a Gen-4 G17 and a no-lock S&W 442, among others.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 18:33
Great pick-up, bac.......

How about a group shot of this years purchases?

ooc

Will do, my friend.

I need to wait for the Hi-Powers though. I should have them later next week, I hope...

bac1023
08-18-2012, 18:34
Good to know. Yeah, I walked out of there today with way too many ideas, lol. Also now wanting a Gen-4 G17 and a no-lock S&W 442, among others.

Yeah, it never ends...

CJStudent
08-18-2012, 18:49
Yeah, it never ends...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I've got your disease (maybe a different strain, though.....) without your budget, lol.

wrenrj1
08-18-2012, 19:07
They are still out there, same as muscle car barn finds.


This. Got one myself as well as a Colt Agent and another one I'd have to go look at.

Wren

HexHead
08-18-2012, 19:57
Pics? :cool:

Sure. The 1977 is the top one, '78 below.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/scat999999/64ed7c02.jpg

bac1023
08-18-2012, 20:34
Very nice indeed :thumbsup:

Fox
08-19-2012, 20:24
That Detective Special is a jewel of a gun.

I wish that Colt still produced them.

bac1023
08-19-2012, 20:30
That Detective Special is a jewel of a gun.

I wish that Colt still produced them.

If they could still build them like they used to, sure.