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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    If you used one of the internet serial number lookup sites or the Colt lookup, your OP may be earlier than 1943.
    Thank you for checking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absalom View Post
    Unless there are more A.F.D. guns with the No. 40 out there, the serial should be 702897, which would put at least its manufacture around May/June 1942.

    The gun shows up in a few old auction postings from the past years. Interestingly, I can find no trace of any other, although there should be at least 39 more.
    You should be a detective!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    Looking in Charles Pate's book on the secondary revolvers, if the Official Police in question was made in the May/June 1942 time period, it may have gone out in one of a number of shipments to a variety of locations...Anniston Ordnance Depot (possibly through the DSC), US Coast Guard (but would have been marked US Coast Guard on the backstrap), Penn. Ordnance Works, War Department Ordnance Engineer, Chicago with a 5" barrel, Springfield Armory in one of several shipments, Port Ordnance Officer in Brooklyn in one of several shipments, or simply to the US Government with no specific destination listed.

    You can take your pick which it might be but only an archives letter will tell the tale. These were shipments to the government only. It doesn't include those going to the DSC. I would expect the DSC likely distributed the revolver to a law enforcement agency or defense plant.
    Humor me please, what does DSC stand for? Couldn’t find it. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonl51 View Post
    Humor me please, what does DSC stand for? Couldn’t find it. Thank you!
    The Defense Supplies Corporation was a public corporation, basically a government agency, responsible for the allocation of war-essential restricted goods and materials to all non-military recipients. The revolver program was a very small part of this after Pearl Harbor.

    Until March 1942 the DSC actually functioned as a shipper, ordering large batches from Colt and S&W and then distributing them to approved users. See attached letter (not my gun). By late March, probably for efficiency, they shifted to still handling orders, approval, and payment, but had the factories ship directly to the end user.

    So if you letter yours, the letter should show where the gun ended up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absalom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonl51 View Post
    Humor me please, what does DSC stand for? Couldn’t find it. Thank you!
    The Defense Supplies Corporation was a public corporation, basically a government agency, responsible for the allocation of war-essential restricted goods and materials to all non-military recipients. The revolver program was a very small part of this after Pearl Harbor.

    Until March 1942 the DSC actually functioned as a shipper, ordering large batches from Colt and S&W and then distributing them to approved users. See attached letter (not my gun). By late March, probably for efficiency, they shifted to still handling orders, approval, and payment, but had the factories ship directly to the end user.

    So if you letter yours, the letter should show where the gun ended up.
    Ab,wow thank you for all of that good information! I will
    contact Colt about an archive letter and see where the story takes us. Regards, John
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    It's not Colt itself you need to contact but Colt Archives which is a different entity. https://coltarchives.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    It's not Colt itself you need to contact but Colt Archives which is a different entity. https://coltarchives.com
    Snidely, thanks for setting me straight!! John
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