Model: Commando Special
Serial Number: P72589
Year of Manufacture: 1983 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Single Action/Double Action Revolver with Six Shot Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COMMANDO SPEC. / .38 SPECIAL CTG.”. The crane flat and crane are marked “P72589”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “T”
Barrel Length: The barrel is 2” in length with a full length underlug that shrouds the ejector rod.
Sights / Optics: The revolver is mounted with a square groove in the top strap for a rear sight. The front sight is a ramp that is fixed to the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The are two-piece hard rubber with silver Colt medallions which have a finger groove at the bottom and leave the backstrap exposed. The grips have a couple of light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall condition of the grips is Excellent.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 93% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a turn line which has only made it through the finish in the lead-in grooves. The topstrap to the right of the sight groove appears to have been polished. The backstrap have very light scattered pinprick erosion. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder lockup on this revolver is SOLID on all six chambers (with trigger depressed), the double action pull is smooth and the single action trigger is crisp. The action functions correctly. We did not fire this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a faux-wood cardboard Colt box which has a serial-matching end label with styrofoam inserts, an assortment of factory paperwork and the red “stop-sign” tag. The box shows light wear from storage, heavier at edges and corners. The styrofoam inserts show little wear with one insert having wear from the edge of the cylinder. Overall, the box is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The original Commando was essentially an Official Police with parkerized finish, ordered by the US government during WWII to supply factory guards and other security personnel. The Commando Special, such as this one, is essentially a Detective Special with parkerized finish and steel frame, made from 1983-1986. Parkerized finish means that this revolver has a naturally matte finish and doesn’t require serrations to cut down on glare. Parkerizing is also a fairly durable finish which will put up with every day carry quite well. The steel frame gives a little more mass which will make this revolver a little more comfortable to shoot. This example is from the first year of production and includes its original box, so it ought to draw the eyes of Colt collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver CANNOT be transferred as a Dealer Sale in California but CAN be sold to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.