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Confused on generations of Colt DS

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Serpico, May 11, 2007.

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  1. Serpico

    Serpico Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have read many threads on the DS as my dad has one from 1966 (2nd gen?)...it has the unshrouded ejector....my brother has a 3rd gen with the shrouded ejector and shorter grip....but I can't find the difference between the 1st gen and 2nd gen....isn't it in the grip? I saw some old photos of DS's in pictue and it looks like they had a long square but....my dad's has the long rounded wood butt like in the pic...

  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    The "Generations" of the Colt small frame revolvers is somewhat confusing.
    Right or wrong, collectors have settled on the following standard:

    First Generation: 1927 to 1965 The original DS. This has the "skinny" barrel, exposed ejector rod, and the full length grip frame.

    Second Generation: 1965 to 1973. Same as the First, only the grip frame was shortened into the "stubby" grip with wood grips that overlap on the bottom to give a full grip.

    Third Generation: 1973 to 1986. The barrel was changed to the heavy, shrouded ejector rod version.

    Fourth Generation: 1993 to 1995. Simply the Third Gen as re-introduced in 1993.
    These last Generation guns usually had rubber Pachmayr type grips.

    This is a somewhat over-simplified standard since there were changes made over the years that probably should count as a Generation, but this is what's generally accepted as the Generations.

    There were changes made over the years that probably should be considered as Generations, but aren't.
    As example, from 1927 to 1933 the DS had a long square grip frame.
    In 1933 it was changed to the long rounded grip frame.
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