What was the most produced or most popular Colt DA revolver in the depression era.
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    What was the most produced or most popular Colt DA revolver in the depression era.

    Between the wars.

    Just curious if anyone knows....
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    I'm just guessing either the Police Positive Special or maybe Official Police??? Approximate serial number ranges for the Official Police (1930 to 1940), (559,500 thru 641,000) = 81,500 units. Police Positive Special & Detective Special serial number range (1930 to 1940), (383,000 thru 471,000) = 88,000 units.
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    The Police Positive Special and DS shared the same serial number range? I know they are the same frame, but I would've thought each model had different numbers. But I guess it's the same gun with different barrel lengths, eh?

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    Colt built 200,000 New Services 300,000 Police Positives 325,000 Police Positive Specials between WWI & WWII
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    The two ranges in the OP’s question are quite different due to the economic background:

    “Between the wars” (coltguy’s answer) vs. “in the Depression” (snakeman’s answer).

    There was a significant break in demand, actually across the entire economy, but clearly reflected in the number of guns shipped before and after the 1929/30 onset of the Depression.

    Looking for example at the Police Positive Special serial range, for the ten years from 1919 to 1929 Colt shipped over 200,000, for the ten years from 1929 to 1939 less than 100,000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absalom View Post
    The two ranges in the OP’s question are quite different due to the economic background:

    “Between the wars” (coltguy’s answer) vs. “in the Depression” (snakeman’s answer).

    There was a significant break in demand, actually across the entire economy, but clearly reflected in the number of guns shipped before and after the 1929/30 onset of the Depression.

    Looking for example at the Police Positive Special serial range, for the ten years from 1919 to 1929 Colt shipped over 200,000, for the ten years from 1929 to 1939 less than 100,000.
    I understand that, but to me it doesn't matter. I was curious about the whole time frame. Two of my heros in my family were alive during that time. One died in WWII and was only 24 years old. Se he was born in 1920. My Great Grandpa, who died when I was a teenager, was born in 1900. He was a HUGE positive contributor to my childhood. The other one's memory is a thing I'm overly proud of. Although I have no clue as to what kind of a guy he really was. Just his sacrifice.

    For some reason I have always been drawn to that era and I like the guns made at that time. And would like possibly to own a gun made in that time. Some day. I also had a Grandmother on my Mom's side I was real close with and she was sort of inbetween the two, age wise. But I spent a lot of time with her and have a lot of fond memories.
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    It’s no surprise that the police positive, police positive special and variants of such ( detective special and bankers special) were the popular handguns of the day purchased for what handguns were mostly desired for, and it wasn’t hunting or collecting.
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    NICE. I like the Army Specials.

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    The action and feel of prewar and postwar guns are quite different in a lot of ways (beyond just visual differences). My experience lies mostly with the Official Police in this regard as I hav one from each era. The Pre War (1945 back) has a tad more weight on the front in it's balance. The V spring feels a bit stronger and thicker. It sounds different when you work the action and when the hammer drops.

    Post War (1945 forward) feels like the weight is more towards the rear of the gun. The V spring is a little thinner and, in my experience breaks easier over time (has happened once on my 1961 OP and once on my 1980 Python...but very easily replaced).

    Even the sound and feel of the ejection rod spring and ratchet feel slightly different.

    I've been told several times on here and other forums that the Post War's steel is slightly stronger and Pre War steel is a little "softer".


 
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