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Best place(s) to get a colt army special?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wacki, Oct 1, 2010.

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  1. wacki

    wacki Member

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    I'm interested in getting on of the Colt Army revolvers that shoot .38 special cartridges. What/Where is the best place to pick one of these up?

    Thanks

    -W
     
  2. Oyeboten

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    Local Gun Shows...


    Or...


    'Gunbroker', or maybe 'Auctionarms' ( internet auction sites ).


    Wonderful, fine quality Revolvers, the old Army Specials.
     
  3. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    You mean an Army Special or a Single Action Army?
     
  4. Old Fuff

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    Perhaps there is another possibility for misunderstanding... :confused:

    In 1908 Colt introduced a revolver they named, the Army Special - but it was never adopted by any of the U.S. military services. By 1908 the Army had decided that they wanted a pistol, not a revolver - and they wanted a .45, not a .38 Special.

    However they did adopt an earlier .38 revolver; Colt's 1892 New Army/Navy model, chambered in .38 Long Colt. It in turn was replaced by the 1911 .45 pistol.

    Because the Army Special was never adopted, Colt continued to make it, but changed the name to Official Police, because while the military wasn't interested, the law enforcement community of that day was.

    Army Special and Official Police revolvers, as well as those based on the 1892 platform can be obtained from various dealers who specialize in antique or classic handguns, and on many auctions that do the same. None of them are particularly rare.
     
  5. bannockburn

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    As Oyeboten suggested, you might want to try some of the online auction and dealers sites:

    auctionarms.com
    gunbroker.com
    gunsamerica.com
    gunrunner.com
    collectorsfirearms.com
     
  6. Lucky Derby

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    While Old Fuff is correct about the name change, the revolver was made for almost 30 years under the Army Special name.

    Online or gun shows are your best bets. I do know of a LGS that had a couple of Army Specials last week. If you want the contact info, send me a PM.

    Currently there is a 1950 production 4" Official Police loaded with Buffalo Bore 158gr LSWCHP +P next to my bed.
     
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