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Colt Detective Special

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mark G., Jan 14, 2003.

  1. Mark G.

    Mark G. Well-Known Member

    I am new to the gun world and was looking at 38 spl. and this may be a stupid question. Is the Colt Detective Special (3rd issue) a "collectible" (historical value) gun? I wanted a good 38 snub to shoot at the range and did not want to buy something, to later find it was a valuable gun if it was not used. Thanks.
  2. Alex

    Alex Well-Known Member

    The detective special has been around for years and there were many of them made. I would be more concerned with firing one in mint un-fired condition than one that has been shot already. If you take care of ones in this condition I don't see any problem with shooting them and enjoying them.
  3. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Like ALEX said, a brand new, in the box Colt DS will eventually have some collector's value.
    However, used to like new in the box 3rd model Colt DS's are very common.

    Some people also list these as "4th Models". The so called 4th model is really just a standard shrouded barrel 3rd model, produced in the late 90's, and packed in a blue plastic box, with rubber grips. It really isn't a truly distinct version.

    Go to one of the on-line gun sales sites, look at the listings for Colt, and you will see more Colt DS's than anything else.
    Prices for good DS's run from decent, to "let's see if the fools bite".

  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    My third model Detective Special is one of the best revolvers I've ever owned, as well as a surprisingly accurate shooter.
  5. 4thHorseman

    4thHorseman Well-Known Member

    IMHO The Colt Detective Special is the finest CCW made (or was made).:) I don't know if they will ever make one again. The newer version in the Stainless Steel moder is not as well made and does not display the craftmenship the older model have. The 3rd generation is fine gun. The detective special at it's best.
  6. Mark G.

    Mark G. Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all of the advice, now I just need to find one I like.:)
  7. cmsgt

    cmsgt Active Member

    I looked for one for a couple of years; finally found one in good condition, but still am sending it to Cylinder and Slide for a super action job. I want a smooth dbl action trigger, and some of the Dick Specials have a stacking feeling when pulling the trigger. Their super action job will get rid of this; am looking forward to getting it back; actually I haven't even sent it cause of their waiting list.

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