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    Detective Special Question

    While perusing a LGS this afternoon I spotted an excellent condition Colt Detective Special 3" factory nickle. After a little haggling I bought it for what I think is a good price. My question is does anyone know how many 2'nd series DSs 3" were produced with a nickle finish. Checking the serial number dates it to 1963. The timing is perfect and looking at the plating I don't think it was shot much. I've seen several blued ones before but only a very few nickle plated 3" examples.
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    Only Colt knows how many of a specific model pistol, barrel length, or finish were produced, and they almost never allow that information to become public.
    They consider production info to be proprietary company information and they seldom release it.
    We do know production data for a very few special models, but that's limited.

    So, there's no way to know the answer to your question.

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    The nickel 3" version of the DS while not "rare" isn't often seen. Nice find, I've been looking for a LNIB or NIB example for the past 3 or 4 years. I'm still hoping that some day I can fill that "void" in my Detective Special collection. When you get a chance, I'm sure we'd all like to see a couple of pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeman99 View Post
    The nickel 3" version of the DS while not "rare" isn't often seen. Nice find, I've been looking for a LNIB or NIB example for the past 3 or 4 years. I'm still hoping that some day I can fill that "void" in my Detective Special collection. When you get a chance, I'm sure we'd all like to see a couple of pics...
    I'm picking the revolver up on Saturday and I'll post some photos. I wish the production information was available like it is for SAAs, oh well.

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    I picked up the Detective Special this afternoon and found out it came from a retired police officers estate. While there his daughter brought in another revolver to sell that I may have to buy, it's a NIB Colt 357 4" Blue. Speaking to her she believes her father bought the Detective Special in the early 60s and I believe her since the serial number dates it to 1963. I may flip this Colt to buy the NIB 357, unless I hit the Powerball tonight.
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    A very attractive DS!! I do not ever recall seeing a nickeled one in my area.

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    I've seen a few blue ones but have only come across one other nickeled 3" DS and that was 20 years ago. If I keep it this one has enough wear on it that I wouldn't hesitate to shoot it.

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    Would Colt have nickled the trigger and hammer?
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    Yes...

    Quote Originally Posted by dfletcher View Post
    Would Colt have nickled the trigger and hammer?

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    Well if you deceide to flip it for the 357 please post here. There are some D frame lovers who'd love to acquire another fine detective.
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