I just picked up a Colt Police Positive today. It currently has the UGLIEST white plastic grips I've ever seen! :barf: Not to mention that they are about 1/4" too short (where the top meets the frame... bottom fits fine).
It's a little worn but the price was right.
I'd like to start looking for the correct grips but I'm not sure what they should look like. Serial number is 376,594. I think the DOB should be about 1937 ??
I'm not sure if they should be the old black plastic COLT grips or the wooden ones.
I believe the gun takes the shorter Colt .38 round (.38 SW). The cylinder length is 1 1/4". Is this a D frame?
As soon as I can get it cleaned up and wearing the proper grips, I'll post a pic. I'd like to find some grips that have a little wear and match the finish on the gun.
The backstrap is marked Ry. Ex. Agy. which I believe is the old Railway Express Agency (Company?).
Thanks for the help!
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November 11, 2006, 09:13 PM
Very cool. Can you post pics? That will help with any and all questions you might have.
If you decide to upgrade the grip with a Tyler T-Grip (run a THR search if unfamiliar w/ this accessory), Colt D-frame models often come up for $5 on eBay, if you watch for a couple weeks.
November 11, 2006, 09:26 PM
A 1937 should have checkered walnut with a Silver Colt medallion.
Be careful when shopping, because these early guns had a full length grip frame.
Guns made after 1965 have a short grip frame and the grips overlap on the bottom.
November 11, 2006, 11:22 PM
I don't think it'll help to post pics since the gun doesn't have the correct grips.
I did some searching and found 2 types of grips for the Police Positive:
Vintage Grips Inc (http://www.vintagegungrips.com/) is another grip reproduction source. Here is a Police Positive with some of their grips. A little fitting, and a little weathering with some steel wool and voila!
Lets see a pic of that shooter digi!
November 12, 2006, 08:52 PM
Here's a picture of the difference between the post-1965 grips frame, and the older long butt frame.
Note that this is a rounded butt as used on the Detective Special. Your Police Positive Special will be the same length only the bottom will not be rounded off.
Here's a picture of the correct walnut grips. NOTE: The medallions should be Silver for a 30's model: