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Lot 3765: Colt Detective Special Revolver 38 special

Auction Date: May 20, 2011

Extremely Rare Military Inspected Colt Detective Special First Issue Double Action Revolver with Holster and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Extremely Rare Military Inspected Colt Detective Special First Issue Double Action Revolver with Holster and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Detective Special
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 special
Barrel: 2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 316
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1943. The left side of the barrel is marked "38" next to "DETECTIVE / SPECIAL" with the two-line Colt Hartford/patent dates marking on the right. Flaming bomb proof on top left of frame. Uncircled Rampant Colt is marked on the left side of the frame. Included is a U.S. marked Boyt leather holster with "48" on back. The accompanying factory letter verifies the serial number, caliber, 2" barrel, blue finish with grips "Not Listed" and that it was shipped to the Military Intelligence Corps Depot, Transport Officer, Camp Richie, Highfield, Maryland as part of a 800 gun shipment, order #4152, on March 16, 1944.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 97% original blue. There is a faint cylinder drag line and light wear to high edges and muzzle. Grips are excellent. Mechanically excellent. Holster is very good, with minor cracking and fading overall. One will look a long time to find another documented U. S. Colt Detective Special!



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