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I acquired this Colt revolver and lookin for some info on it.
The serial Number is 326462 and on the colt website it brings up various pistols. The same serial number is stamped on the inside of the mechanism cover

There is also a "D" stamped under the serial number but that doesn't bring up any results in the serial number look up.
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Here is the list:

Year of Manufacture 1871
Model 1849 POCKET (.31 CALIBER WITH STAGECOACH SCENE ON CYLINDER)

Year of Manufacture 1911
Model ARMY SPECIAL & OFFICERS MODEL REVOLVERS (SERIAL RANGE SHARED)

Year of Manufacture 1913
Model SINGLE ACTION ARMY

Year of Manufacture 1918
Model MODEL 1911 MILITARY

Year of Manufacture 1919
Model M1903 POCKET HAMMERLESS (.32 AUTOMATIC)

Year of Manufacture 1923
Model M1908 HAMMERLESS (.25 AUTOMATIC)

Year of Manufacture 1926
Model POLICE POSITIVE SPECIAL

Year of Manufacture 1927
Model NEW SERVICE AND NEW SERVICE TARGET MODELS

Year of Manufacture 1929
Model POLICE POSITIVE .38 CALIBER (NOT 38 SPECIAL - 1 1/4" CYLINDER LENGTH - INCLUDES POLICE POSITIVE 32 CALIBER)

Also, on the top of the barrel it reads:
COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD. CT. US.A.
PAT'D Aug 5, 1884. July 4, 1905. Oct 5, 1926

My guess would be a 1926 Police Positive Special but please correct me if I'm wrong.
Also, ammo on this??? .38 Colt?? Doesn't say anywhere on the pistol.

Thanks in advance,
Dave

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Welcome to the COLT Forum from the Cradle Of Liberty...Pennsylvania !!



Enjoy Our Community Sir...Well, I can slim down the list for you:

It's NOT the following

Year of Manufacture 1871
Model 1849 POCKET (.31 CALIBER WITH STAGECOACH SCENE ON CYLINDER)

Year of Manufacture 1913
Model SINGLE ACTION ARMY

Year of Manufacture 1918
Model MODEL 1911 MILITARY

Year of Manufacture 1919
Model M1903 POCKET HAMMERLESS (.32 AUTOMATIC)

Year of Manufacture 1923
Model M1908 HAMMERLESS (.25 AUTOMATIC)
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The "D" under the serial number is simply an assemblers mark.
 
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Judging by the cylinder dimensions, you have a Police Positive (not Special).

The caliber stamping on the left of the barrel seems to be gone, but if it‘s a .38, it will be .38 Colt New Police, identical to .38 S&W, but not .38 Colt.

Here is a comparison photo I borrowed elsewhere; these are both chambered in .32, but you can see the clear difference in cylinder length. PP on top, PPS on bottom.

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From your list, it is the 1929 Police Positive.
 

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The '29 Police Positive was my initial thought also. Thanks for all the great info guys!

I was given the completely wrong ammo (.38 SPL) for this pistol which I suspected and that is why I haven't shot it yet

Do you guys actively shoot these or are they just more for a collection anymore?
 

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The 38 special won‘t even fit! I reload for mine so I can control the velocity. This allows me to shoot it without concern when I get the urge... I’ve probably shot 150 or so rounds since I bought it in Jan, 2020.
 

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Do you guys actively shoot these or are they just more for a collection anymore?
Of course you can shoot it. It won’t be as cheap and easy to find ammo though. Don’t bother looking for .38 New Police, those boxes are collector items in themselves by now. Any regular-pressure .38 S&W will do; they’re usually loaded with the older topbreaks in mind and will be gentle on the old gun. Avoid loads meant for the large-frame British service revolvers, often labeled .38-200. They will fit, but can be too hot.
 
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