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I just bought this 1978 32 NP Detective Special this morning. I didn't think that Colt made a unshrouded DS in this time period. The serial number is 13650R. What do you think? These are cell phone pictures from the gun show.

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I think when Colt went to the shrouded barrel for the .38 Special chambered Detective Specials they had leftover .32 NP barrels and cylinders so they made a run of these. Basically a parts cleanup gun. Neat Colt.
 

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I have a minty un-shrouded DS that is un-fired with only a slight cylinder turn line. Colt's serial number look-up (if you can rely on it) dates it to 1977. If anyone knows better, please chime in.

 

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Actually, you won't find a 32 Colt N.P. Colt D frame with the heavy barrel/ejector rod shroud . As of 1972 and later the heavier barrel were 38 Special DSs, Cobras, & Agents only.

As Colt75 mentioned, these were parts clean up guns, and ultimately, the last run of them made. Some came the larger wood stocks (combat?) some came like durjon's :cool:
 

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My agency had one of these in the armory for probably twenty years. It was, unfortunately, used in a suicide and that is how we ended up with it. No one ever signed it out and it was subsequently destroyed about fifteen years ago per county policy. Remarkably, it was in excellent condition. Wish someone could have bought it and used it for a more benign purpose...
 
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