Sold For: $2,600
Model: Detective Special
Serial Number: 475393
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Double and Single Action revolver, Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “38 Detective / Special”. The Rampant colt is on the frame. The frame and arbor are marked “475393”. In addition, there is an “M” and a “1” on the frame under the serial number. All markings have been photographed.
Barrel Length: 2″
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a blade front sight and a notch in the frame rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock(s) is/are wood with silver colored Colt logos. The grips are in very good plus condition with sharp checkering. There are no major cracks or losses.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All original.
Bore Condition: The rifling is sharp and bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows sjust holster wear and light use. Only the external edges of the cylinder and muzzle show any appreciable wear and this is likely from holster wear. There is a area of finish loss on the right side of the trigger guard at the front, also holster wear. The hammer and trigger hardly show wear at all. There is a visible dragline. The Screw heads are sharp and undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about fine to excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action. We did not fire this gun.
Box & Accessories: There is an unmarked holster provided, whioch has likely been with the gun for a long time. .
Our Assessment: This gun is just in great condition for its nearly 70 years. What a find. This gun has been well cared for and lightly used. It really looks like it was just seldom carried. Colt collectors, shooters and those who want a good six shot .38 special for carry or home protection should be clamoring for this gun. Good luck with your bidding.