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They are all .38 SPEC (usually) service revolvers right on the D frame as well? What is so different about them other than the names? I mean they have those black plastic grips and all. Why did Colt have different names for them all was/is it a marketing gimmic at the time?
 

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The Army Special underwent a few minor changes and was re-named Official Police.They are built on what is referred to as an "E" frame.The name change was a marketing move,as it seemed the Army wasn't that interested in buying them.
The Police Positive is a different animal in that it is built on an "D" frame. There are more details,but I'll leave them to someone else.
 

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Of those you list only the Police Positive is a D frame size the other two are on the 41 size frame which is the same as the Python and Trooper. A much larger and stronger frame than the D frame. The Official Police and Army Special are an E frame.
 

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The Army Special was an improvement from the New Army when it was introduced in 1908. Then in 1926 Colt changed the name to Official Police since it was selling more Army Specials to the Police Departments than to the Army. The Official Police was the same revolver with a couple of small improvements. The Police Positive Special is a different frame size (smaller) and was designed with a longer cylinder than it's sister gun, the police positive, so it could handle the more powerful .38 Special.
 
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