Actually I do see where you're coming from.
You like boxes....I like grips/stocks....I like to put ivory and other grips on my pistols and revolvers that did not have them as they left the factory, whether made currently by someone like Mike Poulin, or acquired by me because they were a "period" factory option. (I do always put the originals in a plastic bag with the gun's serial number in my special drawer .)
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"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit such crimes... such laws make things worse for the assualted and better for the assailants: they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man" Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria
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Here are three original Colt boxes, a 1968 Cobra, 1968 Detective Special and a 1973 Detective Special. All three have the woodgrain top with black bottom and white grease-pencil-marked serial number. All have the red divider inside. I believe that a 1971 box would be identical to these. Buckspen is correct that the only inserts in most 1971-vintage boxes are the warranty card and the "Handling the Handgun" brochure but a 1971 Cobra box would also have a small yellow "Notice to Gunsmiths" warning not to attempt to remove the barrel (because of the aluminum-alloy frame).
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My apologies, Blackjack33 is correct. The box I showed in my photos is from the middle 1960's. (It's actually a Frontier Scout box, but all of the boxes for small revolvers were the same at that time.) The boxes shown in the post immediately above were used just prior to the switch to the styrofoam boxes.
- - Buckspen