Is a 3" Police Positive uncommon?
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    Is a 3" Police Positive uncommon?

    Hi, I have a line on a blued 3" Police Positive in .32 caliber. Is that barrel length uncommon? The asking price is $499 so I thought I'd pass, but then thought I'd ask. In about 98% from what I'd guess. Black hard rubber grips, I didn't look at the serial number or even handle it.

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    3" barrels are not particularly uncommon on Detective Specials and were a standard length for .22 caliber Cobras and I have a NIB 3" Cobra .32 so it's certainly likely a number of .32 3" Police Positives were made...but how many or few I can't say. I've never seen one. It's probably very uncommon if not outright rare. It may even be a pre-Detective Special piece.

    If you look more into it, it would be interesting to know the serial number and when it was made. Maybe someone here would be interested in it if you decide to pass.
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    Thanks, maybe Cam will weigh in if it's worth a second look too.

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    I guess I should have looked at it closer, or even taken pictures and gotten the serial number. My eyes usually notice the difference in cylinder length of a PPS vs a PP, I think it was a PP, but now I'm wondering.

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    Smith and Smith's "Pistols and Revolvers" only lists a 2.5" for the PP, then goes 4", 5", 6" in 32.

    Here's mine in a 2.5" barrel for a visual:
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    Thanks for that. It could have been 2.5. Sure wasn't 4", I have one of those. It looked distinctly shorter.

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    If you are talking about a pre-war then yes, it's rare enough that I have never seen one. In pre-war Police Positive .32's I have a 2", 2 1/2," 3 1/2", 4", 5" & 6". I do not ever remember seeing a 3". They did offer them in the post war Police Positives.

    I do have a Police Positive Special in .38 Special that has a 3" barrel. I have only encountered one other in my years of collecting.

    If you can provide the serial number, or first few digits, it would be interesting to see what time period it dates to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azshot View Post
    Thanks for that. It could have been 2.5. Sure wasn't 4", I have one of those. It looked distinctly shorter.

    The 2 1/2" is somewhat common and you may want to re-check to see it that is what it is. Certainly sounds more reasonable.
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    Here are the barrel lengths of the Police Positive .32:

    2", 2 1/2", 3 1/2", 4", 5" & 6"


    Here is the 2 1/2" P.P. in .32 with hard rubber stocks:
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    Thanks, that does look pretty much what my steel trap memory recalls.
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