A1A- Colt made a no frills,"lower cost" Detective Special,with a flat matte finish,and minimal external polishing,around 1983-85,or so. It was called the "Commando Special",sorta after the military version of the Official Police,that served in W.W. Two,called the Commando. You may have seen one these 1983-85 guns,as they look like a 2"D.S.
Seems we had a thread here,a while back,on what type of grips they wore. Try the search function here on the Forum.as I recall some photos of one may have been shown. Hope this helps. Bud
Thanks very much, that was interesting. What I saw was actually a DB with a very flat blue finish, not park'ed. Thought perhaps it was something characteristic of later "less fancy" runs. Could have been an after market bead blast finish, but the markings looked good. Perhaps just a factory "blue variant" after all. Thanks again.
A1A , yes I have a couple that are almost as you described and it appears mostly on the barrels. It's not matte or bead blast, but just duller less polished bluing. It is a factory "blue variant" as you said and I am reasonably sure it is all factory. JMHO HTH
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