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The border patrol used the New Service revolvers, in 38 special, for many years, but they were standard run of the mill New Service, with the Border Patrol acronym stamped on the backstrap. There is no New Service version with a Border Patrol model designation. Colt made a heavy barrel version of the POLICE POSITIVE SPECIAL, in 38 spl cal, that was designated, and roll marked with The Border Patrol model name. This is the rare model from the early 50's. The later J frame MK III 357 Border Patrol's are more common, and the Blue Book quantities are probably correct. I suspect the J frame 357 Border Patrol s/n's are mixed with the other J frame MK III models. Trooper, Metropolitan, OP, etc.
To address the original question. My 357 Border Patrol is s/n J959XX, and built in 1972, using this method. Hope this helps.
 
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