Dossier… Detective Special

One of my handguns that recaptures a bygone era is my 1961 Colt Detective Special. From a time when detectives were universally armed with snubnose .38 Special revolvers. The main rival to the Colt “Dick” Special was the five shot Smith & Wesson Model 36 Chiefs Special.

The first thing a Colt aficionado notices is the optional factory hammer shroud to prevent the hammer spur from snagging on clothing when carried in a pocket.

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Naturally, the shroud carries the rampant colt logo.

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Despite there being enough room, the name is abbreviated on the barrel.

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When I got the revolver in my youth, the grips were cracked and splintered. Soon after, I had found a set of used Herrett grips. The previous owner had relieved the left grip for the use of speed loaders.

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The grips obscure most of the Colt logo and you can see numerous scratches on the grips from untold number of speed loader reloads put through the vintage belly gun.

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The classic HKS speed loaders work perfectly with my wheelgun.

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Clearance for the speed loader is evident here. The milled rear sight is also visible here.

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A long time ago I had acquired a 3″ barrel for a post 1972 Detective Special for a song.

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Last century, I spoke with the service center at Colt. They sadly reported that the barrel threads were changed in 1972 when the shrouded barrels were introduced. So a unique personal hybrid is out of the cards for this old roscoe. The only thing I have to do is procure a replacement ejector rod cap. The original was lost during one of the many snubnose revolver matches that this wheelgun has placed well in.

 

Now to just find a used 2″ post ’72!

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2 Responses to Dossier… Detective Special

  1. A very interesting lesson! Thank you!

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