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I inherited this .32 New Police from my father.
My grandfather used it while riding fence in Texas. The .32 new police would not seem like of a man stopper, but according to my father, my grandfather did use it to fight off some Mexican cattle thieves, killing one of them.
It is in perfect mechanical shape and still shoots very well.
Does anyone know what the date range for it might be?

I have the original holster, it is the only holster like it I have seen, it does not use a strap or flap to secure the gun but has a spring clip that locks into the trigger guard
This is my first try at posting a picture.
 

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Sorry for my faulty memory, but I can't remember the name of the holster you have.

During the 20's and 30's there was a famous holster made that used the trigger guard locking feature.
This holster was popular with some police departments and individual police officers.

It was also popular with "working" civilians who needed a secure holster, but wanted something faster than the standard strap.

Within the last 5 years or so, there was a short article in the NRA's American Rifleman magazine about this holster.

There should be a maker's stamp on the back.

Your gun and holster are, of course, far beyond any possible value. I would immediately find out everything possible about both, including whatever your family knows, and record the info on paper. This way future generations will know the true history of a priceless family heirloom.
 

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I will get some pictures of the holster tonight and post them tomorrow, along with the serial number for the pistol.
My father died last month and he wrote the story about the shootout down for me just before he gave me the pistol, it was one of his prize possessions, and now one of mine.

Does colt offer a service to track the history of old revolvers?
 

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Absolutely. It's called the Colt Historical Letter. It's a frameable letter printed on high-quality acid-free document-grade paper.

The letter contains everything Colt knows about the gun, when it left the factory.
This would include when made, type of finish and grips, barrel length, caliber, and who it was shipped to.

The only "Fly in the ointment" is the cost, about $100.00.

For details, check Colt's web site at:
hyyp://www.colt.com
 

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Here is the holster picture
it is marked "official Folsom" "Audley" A123 HE326
The serial number on the pistol is 210XX
 

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The Colt New Police was introduced in 1896 with 2.5”, 4” and 6” barrel lengths at a cost of $15.00(!). Relatively few (49,500) were made and it was discontinued in 1907. The SN of your revolver dates as 1903.

Both the Colt New Police and its Audley holster were more likely to be found on the East Coast than west of the Mississippi. (Trivia: The New Police was the first handgun accepted as standard issue to the NYPD during Theodore Roosevelt’s tenure as Police Commissioner.) The Audley holster has collectablility value of its own. I believe that one of the markings on the holster indicates the month/year of manufacture, but don’t know which (1-’23 or 3-’26) it is.

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Thanks for the information.
I think I will have to spend the hundred for the Colt Letter to get as much info as I can.
 

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From all the research I've done on Colt DA Target Guns, I realize this is not a Target Gun but they were all numbered together and I would say 1903 is correct. IP

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LWCmdr45:
rickeee,

Im curious; what reference source are you using? Wilson's "COLT: An American Legend" dates that SN as 1903.

Steve
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