Weren't all of the guns with the newer style frame in the New Police cartridge? I think that frame was changed around 1908What does the left side of barrel state? It could be either Colt DA .32(.32 colt cartridge), or .32 New Police(.32 S&W Long or Short). Not sure when they ended production of the old Colt .32 cartridge.
I'd get it lettered if it were mine. If this engraving was done at the factory it will state it on the letter.The gun I have has Robert T. Hurley engraved on the but plate did some recerch and it seems he was one of the first state police commissioners in Ct.
The family I purchaed it from told me he was a constable in a small town in Ct. before they had the state police.
Yup that's what I meant. Most of the earlier style New Police frames with the different triggerguard are in .32 Colt I believe... Or maybe that's only the guns that actually are New Polices Then of course you have the transitionals with the Police Positive frame and New Police sideplate. So many different things going on at Colt at that time, many interesting variations.Twaits, the best I know is the first edition ran from 1907 to 1927. The grips changed to wood in 1923, but the model change was 1928 model year. Before and up to 1907 they were New Police frames, if that's what you mean, as is my transition 1907 (a leftover New Police frame with PP barrel?). Don't think with Colt there are any hard fast dates on what they used on frame or barrels. Seems they used up their leftovers. There is also some evidence that the Colt cartridge may have hung around beyond 1907-08. You're probably right about a 1916 being .32 New Police, but without knowing serial number and verifying, I would want to see markings on gun...just to be sure.
This will give you the pricing and all the info. The Police Positives are $75. The wait is usually about 120 days.Do I just contact the colt historian?