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    Gold plated Detective 38

    I absolutely know nothing about Guns, but I received this as a birthday present.
    I would appreciate any information about it, plus I’d like to do something about the plating which is beginning to wear off...
    What is the frame made of and what can I do to to make it presentable? should I remove the plating? and how? should I try cold bluing it at home? any advice will be much appreciated.
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    The Detective has a steel frame. Gold plating is rather soft and tends to wear off easily. I suspect most gold plated guns are not shot much if ever. Yours shows considerable use. What to do with it is up to you. I'm sure it can be replated or the plating removed and the gun blued. I am a bit old school and not a fan of refinishing. Were it me I would probably just take it out and shoot it. If you want to find out more about it you might consider a letter to find out if it left the factory plated. Perhaps a bit of research to find out if it was ever owned by someone famous.
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    Maybe it belonged to Elvis...or maybe President Trump. They each had an affinity for gold.
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    Fully gold plated Detective Specials from the factory are quite "rare". The only way to tell for sure is to order an Archive letter from Colt. The decision whether or not to refinish is up to you. See this thread for a bit more information: https://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...d-accents.html
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    The female detective in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries carried a gold platted snubnose. I think i would leave it as is and take it shooting.
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    I have one engraved and gold plated by Ken Hurst for his girlfriend. He told me that he gold plated over original nickel finish because it helps gold stay on better. That gun was never shot or carried, so I can’t tell if it did better with nickel or not.
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    Thank for the help everyone...

    Someone has told me that the serial number on the gun shows the following:
    year of manufacture: 1976
    model: cobra, agent

    Which basically means that the frame is made of aluminum alloy.

    what do u guys think of this...and what can I understand from the serial number?

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    If it's a Cobra or Agent, that would be roll marked on the left side of the barrel. I've never seen or heard of a gold plated Cobra or Agent, but that might explain the wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phyllis1 View Post
    If it's a Cobra or Agent, that would be roll marked on the left side of the barrel. I've never seen or heard of a gold plated Cobra or Agent, but that might explain the wear.

    Here’s a picture of the mark on the barrel, it only says Detective spec, no mention of either Cobra or Agent.
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