The Colt Detective Special was first produced in 1927 and last produced in 1995….Dating Your Colt Detective Special.

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A (prefix) 1969-1970
B (prefix) 1970-1972
C (prefix) 1972-1973
D (prefix)* 1966-1969*

How much is a Colt 38 Special revolver worth?

What is a COLT COLT 38 SPECIAL pistol Worth? A COLT COLT 38 SPECIAL pistol is currently worth an average price of $1,577.06 new and $852.77 used . The 12 month average price is $1,392.61 new and $973.60 used.

Does Colt still make the detective special?

The Detective Special uses a slightly smaller frame than the Colt Official Police or Smith & Wesson Model 10 (K-Frame) revolvers, but is larger than the five-shot Smith & Wesson Model 36/Model 38/Model 42 (J-frame) revolvers….Colt Detective Special.

Detective Special
Place of origin United States
Production history
Manufacturer Colt


Shooting the Detective Special isn’t the most pleasant of experiences. Despite the eye-catching bluing and walnut grips (typical of old school Colts), the shooting doesn’t match up. Yes, the trigger is very nice and smooth in double action. Thumbing the hammer back is smoother than most slicked up S&Ws and Rugers.

What is the best snub nose revolver?

Top 5 Best Snub Nose Revolvers | My Personal Pick (2021)

  • Charter Arms Off Duty.
  • S&W J-Frame.
  • Kimber K6.
  • Ruger LCR.
  • Colt King Cobra.

When did the Colt Detective Special 38 come out?

Going through four basic versions, the Detective Special was produced from 1927 until 1986, and then again for a few years in the mid 90s. I’ve shot a number of these guns over the years, though this specific review is based on a late model used in testing the .38 Special cartridge for BallisticsByTheInch.com.

What kind of gun is Colt Detective Special?

These guns were chambered in the far more tamer .38 Colt New Police (.38 S&W), and .22 LR. The DS also gave rise to the Commando Special with a matte finish and rubber grips; this came along with the alloy framed Cobra.

How much does a Colt Detective blued cost?

Colt Detective Special Blued 2″ 38 special Model D1425 NOS (1994) 2 inch ” barrel PRICE: $1,500.00 MANUFACTURER: Colt

How often should a Colt Detective Special be inspected?

The manual recommends that steel frame guns, e.g. the Detective Special, Police Positive and Diamondback, should be inspected by a gunsmith after firing 2,000 to 3,000 rounds of +P. For alloy frame guns such as the Agent, Viper or Cobra, the recommended number of rounds between inspections is 1,000.