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I have came across a detective special that I think was made in 1995 but would like for someone to verify. And if someone could let me know where to look for late model serial numbers that would be nice. My Colt book only goes up to 1972. The serial number is P24861. Thanks for the help, Andy
 

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Hi Andy, for something that new just give Colt a call at 800-962-COLT (2658). They will tell you the DOB if you provide the S/N.
 

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Wilson's "Pocket Guide for Colt Dates of Manufacture" also shows it as 1981.
 

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Wilson's "Pocket Guide for Colt Dates of Manufacture" also shows it as 1981.
That's because all known published Colt serial number data is based on Wilson's research of the Colt records for his books. The first data was published in The Book of Colt Firearms. It was excerpted into a little green book of dates and apparently transcribed into proofhouse.com. The data was updated to 1985 in Colt, An American Legend. That is the source of the DA chart I transcribed. The dates are apparently further updated in the recent 3rd edition of TBOCF and excerpted to the current Colt dates book also available from Blue Book Publications. :)
 
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