I believe 1971 is correct
Looked at this Third issue D/S serial # B39xxx today and when I went to the Colt site it comes back as a 1971( Proof House says the same). I thought the Third issue didn't start until 1973???
Edited to read Third issue instead of Forth.
Last edited by pdbertb; 02-27-2019 at 08:27 AM.
I believe 1971 is correct
It is third with the shrouded ejector. 1972 is the first year, you may have one of the earliest available. Proofhouse is a guideline, only a Colt Archive letter will give you it's birthday and ship date.
Last edited by Hootch56; 02-27-2019 at 11:27 AM.
Looks just like mine. I learned they started shipping early 72, but likely could have been starting the assembly process in 71. Mine shipped early 72. Can't remember the exact date or serial number as I'm away from my records currently...
When you come across your records inspcalahan, I'd be curious about the serial. I've seen a 1971 SECOND issue that was numbered about 6000 below mine, but nothing later.
Last edited by pdbertb; 03-03-2019 at 05:04 PM.
I've always understood that the DS Model with the shrouded ejector rod was referred to as the 3rd Issue (whether ? '71,'72, or '73 to 1986).
The website "Colt Fever" is the only source that I've ever noted that splits the post-war 2nd Issue into what it refers to as 2nd and 3rd Issues based on the transition to the shorter square-butt grip frame in 1966. Based on this, it's odd that "Colt Fever" doesn't try to split the DS Ist Issue (1927 -1946) into 2 issues upon the transition from the long square to long round butt grip frame in 1933.
Also inconsistent is that while "Colt Fever" sees fit to split the 2nd Issue DS into Issues 2 and 3, it doesn't split the 1st Issue Cobra into 1st and 2nd upon the 1966 grip frame change. It only recognizes two issues, the 1st and then the shrouded ejector rod 2nd Issue Cobra.
It seems to me, there were three Detective Special Issues 1927 through 1986.
If you really want to screw it up generation-wise...toss in the post-'72 .32 caliber Detective Specials that used leftover barrels without the ejector rod shroud. They looked pre-'72 but came with the post-'72 stocks. Technically I would call them post-'72 generation Detective Specials but they're more of a hybrid. It doesn't matter...they're still examples of the finest small snubby revolvers made by any gun company...evah!
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