Gun Show Pickup- Colt Police Positive Special


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XxWINxX94
October 11, 2010, 08:45 AM
Hello everyone,
Last week I had put $ down on a vintage Colt.
Went to the gun show this weekend to pick it up and boy am I happy.

Its a Colt Police Positive Special, in .38 Special.
Its S/N is 270,XXX putting it in the mid 20's I believe.
The metal is in very good shape for being 80+ years old, some wear from a holster on the muzzle, and grip, but nothing major. Bore is also very good.

What I find odd, but cool, is that it has a 6'' barrel, and I've never seen a Police Positive with that long of a barrel.

I paid $400, let me know what you think!

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/8379/dsc08638w.jpg
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Will hopefully take some better pictures today.

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SaxonPig
October 11, 2010, 08:47 AM
Very cool. The 6" isn't seen all that often.

No +P in any gun made before 1930 is my personal policy. But with standard ammo should be fun to shoot.

bannockburn
October 11, 2010, 09:30 AM
Nice aquisition; looks to be in great condition. You're right about the date of manufacture; the serial number puts it at 1923.

Lucky Derby
October 11, 2010, 01:29 PM
Nice revolver. I have seen Police Positive Specials with 6", but the 4" is much more common.

Guillermo
October 11, 2010, 07:46 PM
I would be proud if that pony lived at my stable.

Nice find.

Dr.Rob
October 11, 2010, 07:49 PM
That's a great find!

Gottahaveone
October 11, 2010, 07:57 PM
Dang, Ma always taught us "Thou shalt not covet". I'm coveting :D
That's a really sweet acquisition.

XxWINxX94
October 11, 2010, 11:19 PM
Thanks everyone! I haven't really got a chance to shoot it yet, but hopefully will next weekend. I also have a question; under the serial number the letter "q" is present, and I'm not sure why. Could it just be a factory code? I will try and get a picture of it tomorrow.

Dave_in_Fairview_Park
October 12, 2010, 02:36 AM
The "q" must mean..quick,sell me to Dave in Fairview Park!

Powerglide
October 12, 2010, 04:49 AM
Alot of the 6 inchers were in 32-20 I think.

vanfunk
October 12, 2010, 05:42 AM
Nice Acquisition! I would have made that purchase in a heartbeat.

Congratulations on giving the Colt a new home.

vanfunk

smartshot
October 12, 2010, 05:55 AM
got yourself a gem, get an old Chicago DS to match it and you're set brother!!

Jonah71
October 12, 2010, 10:58 AM
Dang, Ma always taught us "Thou shalt not covet". I'm coveting :D
That's a really sweet acquisition.
Guess I didn't listen to my Mom either.

Old Fuff
October 12, 2010, 01:24 PM
Could it just be a factory code? I will try and get a picture of it tomorrow.

Sort of. Factory inspectors were assigned either a letter or number, and if a Colt pistol or revolver - or part thereof - passed, they had to stamp whatever letter or number identified them at a certain place on the gun or part. This showed that the (whatever) had been inspected and found to be O.K. If it later turned out that something was amiss the boss would know who to talk too. :uhoh:

Talk about quality control, those old Colt's had it.

If you look the gun over carefully you'll find more such letters. ;)

Cosmoline
October 12, 2010, 01:35 PM
Very nice find! The best accuracy with my old PPS was with 158 LRN's, standard pressure. The sights seem to have been pre-adjusted to hit on the money at about 20-25 yards with that load. With that long barrel you should do some 25 yard bullseye shooting.

Guillermo
October 12, 2010, 05:02 PM
with 158 LRN's, standard pressure.

today's standard pressure or when the old girl was made?

Cosmoline
October 12, 2010, 06:00 PM
Pressures were, if anything, hotter back then. But then again time has its way with all things and it isn't the stoutest revolver design out there. Best to take it easy on pre-war Colts, I'd think. I had a mainspring snap on me in a DS once, and it was real tricky to get a replacement that fit.

Old Fuff
October 12, 2010, 06:35 PM
I had a mainspring snap on me in a DS once, and it was real tricky to get a replacement that fit.

A good point: Pre-war mainsprings are different the post-war ones, and the newer springs won't work in the older revolvers. As might be expected, older springs are not always easy to find, and usually expensive when you do.

XxWINxX94
October 12, 2010, 08:40 PM
I see, so the "q" has to do with inspection of the gun, and certain letters represent certain people. So it has a similarity to say, an M1 Garand with the initials?

Anyway, here is some more eye-candy for the Colt fans here.
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/374/dsc08675f.jpg
Here you can see the "q" below the serial number.
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MMCSRET
October 12, 2010, 10:10 PM
I got my supply of old style springs from Jack First. He had both on hand, I ordered several of each for The PP and the PPS.

clem
October 12, 2010, 11:41 PM
You did good. Now take care of that old girl!

788Ham
October 12, 2010, 11:49 PM
XxWin,

You did good son, it would be interesting to know some of its history.... well, maybe! LOL Take good care, aren't many like her around anymore.:rolleyes:

Skull-ring
October 13, 2010, 07:09 PM
elegant !

Damon555
October 13, 2010, 07:14 PM
That is one fine piece.

eddism
October 13, 2010, 07:29 PM
Finally, somebody found Officer Barney Fife's sidearm. Good Going :)

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