After reading some of the info on this site I though I would try to find out more about the colt I inherited form an old friend. The 6" barrel is stamped with COLT ARMY SPECIAL 38. The last patten date on top is July 04 1905. The serial # is 440xxx stamped behind the crane and is also stamped on the crane. Under the serial number is what looks like a V. Where the thin part of the trigger guard meets the frame in front there is what looks like a V stamped inside a triangle and a 3 stamped on the same place in the rear of the guard. That's all the marks I can find except the horse on the plate. I really like the grips. They look to be black plastic with checkering in most of the area but with a solid border and what looks like one leaf in the middle and has an oval depression on the top part of the grip with the Colt name. Looks kind of like a checkering pannel on a rifle stock. I can't believe the condition of this gun, it is excellent +. The blue looks new and the action is nice and crisp and tight with a nice light trigger let off. I hope some one can tell me about those grips and when it was made, Thanks .
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December 8, 2008, 03:56 PM
The Army Special is the predecessor to the Official Police, name change in 1927 or so. Very good guns then and still today. I have an Army Special in 32-20 built in 1922. Your AS was built in 1919, if my numbers are correct. It should be chambered for 38 special. I'm sure someone with more info than me will help you further.
December 8, 2008, 06:39 PM
Thanks MMCSRET, that's half of what I needed to know. Now if some one can tell me about the grips. chiefchuck
December 8, 2008, 09:16 PM
The grips are black, hard rubber with a fluer de le design. I guess thats how to describe them!!!
December 8, 2008, 09:22 PM
The grips are hard rubber, molded in that pattern. They are old and probably brittle by now. It would not take much of a lick to break them and if they are as unworn as you describe the rest of the gun, they add a good deal to its interest and value. If I were going to shoot the gun much, I would get copies available at:
December 8, 2008, 10:48 PM
I think I will put together some medium 38 special loads and try it. Thanks for the info Jim.
December 9, 2008, 08:49 PM
something like a 1919 build, and grips like these?