That certainly looks like a "prancing pony",or Colt emblem on that shroud,Majic.
As far as +P ammo,the Detective Special,was rated for the even hotter 38/44 loadings that came out around 1930. Its steel frame,larger than the J frame,or Chief's Special,5 shot S&Ws were one of its selling points.
Does this mean a steady diet of +Ps? No,but if the gun is "in time",with no issue of headspace,etc. a few +Ps will not damage it. The "user's" hands and wrists tend to be the limiting factor,as 50 rds. of +P will show you,especially without a grip adapter,or more comfortable stocks.
That D.S. looks like it would have some great stories to tell,if it could,Jim77! Bud
id stay with factory 38 specials.even the colt owners manual says a limited use of +p ammo will acelerate part ware.if you need a +p you probably would be better served stepping up to a 357 mag!
Thats a beautiful example you have there ,shoot it and enjoy it but dont abuse(hardchrome)it.if you want it refinished at least send it to colt!
Hi, Jim77! I know - "other people's money," - BUT, if that revolver were mine, I'd either leave it as is and enjoy it's, "if guns could talk," potential or send it to Colt for a reblue. I can't remember seeing a piece more ready for a shadow box with a city detective's badge, six lead-round-nose bullets, a pack of Lucky Strikes and a black jack! And don't forget the Stetson! How about a 1935 map of whatever-city and a bus token? You get the idea ... Nice gun! Really nice.