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I'm doing a bit of research for a possible "Box Identification" thread and need some help. Believe it or not, I have a few "gaps" in my boxed Detective Special collection. I'm pretty sure the maroon colored exterior cardboard box with two piece styrofoam liner began in 1986. I also believe that they were only used until 1991 or 1992.
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My first question is: Does anyone have an example that dates earlier than 1986?
My next question is: Does anyone have an example that dates later than 1991?
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My 1984 Theodore Roosevelt has that box.
Wow, Thank You. I had a hunch they were around in 1985 but did not expect to see one from 1984.
 

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Do you need a pic of the end label or better pic of the box?
The existence of the 1984 box itself is all I need. Thanks...
 

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Snakeman, I bought a Detective Special in December of 1992. The outer box was sepia toned with a montage of old Colt advertising cuts and bar code label on one end. Inside was a blue plastic Colt box with the standard paperwork package, hang tag, etc. The gun is one of the supposed run of 500 with a serial number between AD00001 and AD00500 that were done as a pilot run before briefly reintroducing the DS versions that came with the Pachmayr grips w/Colt medallions. Mine came fitted with smooth walnut service stocks w/gold medallions.
Let me know if you need photos.
 

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Thanks Walter. I already have examples of that box/label but very much appreciate the offer. What is interesting is that you bought the gun in December of 1992. Colt officially "re-released" the Detective Special as a 1993 model (with Pachmayr grips). I have not heard of this "pilot run" of 500 guns issued with smooth walnut stocks with gold medallions. I'd love to see pics. Do you still have the gun?
 

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Not to step on anyone's toes here, but the type of box may depend on when the gun was actually shipped. The Theodore Roosevelt commemorative SAA was produced in 1984 ("The Colt Commemoratives 1961-1986", Condry & Jones, Taylor Publishing Co., 1989, page 178-179) but all guns may not have shipped in that year. The Colt Archive letter on my TR commemorative SAA says it was shipped to Howco Distributors in Laurel, Maryland on 12/14/1984 and it has the earlier woodgrain shell/white styro box. However, if Ronald12's gun was not shipped until 1986 or later, it might have the maroon anniversary box. There are many known examples of this type of occurrence.

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Yes, Thanks Buckspen. That's one of the issues I'm having to deal with. For simplicity's sake. My box thread (when posted) is intended to be a reference displaying the style of box used while in production. I realize that it's a giant can of worms that I really don't want to open with all the different style boxes that may or may not have been used after a gun was produced but not immediately shipped. I have several Detective Specials that fit that description.
 

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I think I can nail down the transition from the wood grain boxes to the maroon 150th year boxes pretty close. I have two New Frontier .22 revolvers that were shipped in 1985 in the wood grain boxes (shipping dates = 4/25/1985 and 12/4/1985) and two that were shipped in 1986 in the maroon boxes (shipping dates = 1/15/1986 and 1/20/1986). Shipping dates are provided in letters from Colt Archives. So for the New Frontier .22s, the transition took place between 12/4/1985 and 1/15/1986.

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This is the box my 1978 MFG detective special came in.


and the paperwork included in the box.


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Snakeman, many of the members will be eager to see the posting(s) that you will do on the boxes. I am sure it will help to clear up much confusion that exists!!
 
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