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Pics of the boxed "Dual-Tone" (1948 to 1954) portion of my Detective Special collection. Top to Bottom & Left to Right:
1948 .38 Special Blue (with factory test target)
1948 .38 Special Blue (with factory test target)
1949 .32NP Blue
1950 Lightweight .38 Special Blue (note "bobbed" hammer) Precursor to the Cobra
1950 .38 Special Blue
1951 .38NP Blue
1954 .38 Special Nickel (white "NICKEL" label fell off)

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Still looking for examples from 1952 & 1953. Always on the hunt for the harder to find nickel finish guns...
 
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AWESOME....does the Light Weight DS have an aluminum cylinder too ?

I found a box for my 38 NP but I wasn't sure what it was as they show 38 Police Positive as the caliber.....as does yours....

Of course I didn't even realize that the gun was 38 New Police until the day after I bought it when a fellow D frame collector noticed it......

Thanks for the pics.....RR
 

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AWESOME....does the Light Weight DS have an aluminum cylinder too ?Thanks for the pics.....RR
No, aluminum frame with steel barrel and cylinder just like the Cobra.
 

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I have seen some with pre war frames......my 38 NP has the old style and I have seen the new style too...makes a guy go crazy....RR
Both my 1948 models show Pre-War features but only the "early 1948" has the Pre-War frame with a serial number in the 494xxx range.
 
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