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Old June 9th, 2013, 05:48 PM   #1
 
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Colt .38 detective special

Just picked up a nickeled one from 1955, thing runs smooth like butter. I am in love. What's everyone's thoughts on the detective specials?



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Old June 9th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #2
 
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Colt .38 Detective Special was my first revolver, wish I still had it. Carried it everyday to work and after while it got somewhat uncomfortable so I traded it for a Walther PPK. At the time, I couldn't afford both, so you make choices.
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Congratulations.
Be sure to post some pics.
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S&W Model 36 Detective Special

I have a S&W Model 36 Detective Special.
Just started carrying it in waistband holster
Was carrying either a S&W bodyguard or a
Walther PK380 with laser
The Model 36 Detective Special is the most
comfortable of the three guns to carry
Great shooter. Just point and shoot
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I know I want one! I have admired them for awhile now. Great revolvers!
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Here's a good article to read for anyone with a Colt (revolver) of unknown history:
Is the Colt Python "delicate"? | Revolvers, Personal opinions, Gunsmithing | GrantCunningham.com
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I've got a Colt Detective special from the 70s in blue with ivory grips. Then I've got one from 1960 that is nickel, and I've got a Cobra from 1952. They are all great shooters. I used to carry the Cobra for backup when I was in LE. Now it is my main CCW. Enjoy the old Colt, that's a great find. It's getting harder to get your hands on them these days.
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I will look for one next month at the Ohio Gun Collector's Meeting. One can usually see anything from never fired to beat to death in all price ranges there.

Can those handle +P? I know they were designed before anyone thought to do a heavy load, just wondered if it would hold together if I ever shot it in it.
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Beautiful piece of machinery. I had a chance at one last winter but it wasn't meant to be. Congrats.
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Come on you tell us about your purchase and don't post pics. Let us share in your fun. Congrats.

The biggest mistake I've made gun trading was passing when a gunsmith that had done a lot of work for me offered to sell me a nice new 4th series stainless one in the 90's for $300.
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I will look for one next month at the Ohio Gun Collector's Meeting. One can usually see anything from never fired to beat to death in all price ranges there.

Can those handle +P? I know they were designed before anyone thought to do a heavy load, just wondered if it would hold together if I ever shot it in it.
I asked my gunsmith he said not to shoot +p thru the old ones, the ones made after 1975 he said can handle them but not before.
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The old guns might handle it, but I just don't risk it. No need in beating a good old horse to death.
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I have a S&W Model 36 Detective Special.
Just started carrying it in waistband holster
Was carrying either a S&W bodyguard or a
Walther PK380 with laser
The Model 36 Detective Special is the most
comfortable of the three guns to carry
Great shooter. Just point and shoot
Colt made the Detective Specials . The S&W M 36 was the Chief's Special. Completely different guns. The Colts are a 6 shot where the S&W J frames are 5 shot.
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You are correct. That is one of the reasons that I always preferred the Colt's. You might need that one more round.
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I asked my gunsmith he said not to shoot +p thru the old ones, the ones made after 1975 he said can handle them but not before.
I personally would not shoot +P's thru it. It would probably take it but why accelerate the wear and tear on it. Enjoy it with standard pressure ammo. Here's a read for you:

The Classic Colt Detective Special .38 Revolver
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