Other differences that make these 3 guns not look exactly the same include the SF VI is counter bored whereas the DS II is not. I can't remember with absolute certainty, but I believe the Magnum Carry is not counter bored either.
Perhaps this difference is subtle to some, but to others it may be significant.
Whoa, Clang! Where has this been all my life? I guess I need a recent Colt history lesson. I could really get behind this gun for a personal protection piece. .357, yes? (I hope!) When did these happen? It looks like a Trooper Mk III witha short barrel or a Lawman with better grips and different barrel? Those guns I've known about, but THIS is something new to me. For that matter, all the guns on this thread sound like, "the Colt's that Bob forgot!" Tell me more? Over?
I'm no expert, but what I found out was the following. All info is 2nd hand knowledge, so if anyone can corroborate it would be appreciated.
The SF-VI is my gun, it is .38 Special. It was produced in the mid 90s and was replaced after a year or two by the DSII (Detective Special 2). The gun was called SF-VI for "Small Frame 6 (as in shots)". The reason they named this gun SF-VI was because Colt still had the original Detctive Special (4th Issue? left over 3rd Issue?) in inventory and Colt wanted to differentiate the guns because they use different actions. When the inventory of Detective Specials was depleted, Colt renamed the SF-VI to DSII (I'm not sure of any engineering changes).
The Blue book says the SF-VI came with 2" or 4" barrels, bright polish or black, regular or bobbed hammer. Mine is the only example I have seen. I looked it over real closely at a gun show but did not buy it. It bothered me for a while, so when I saw it at a later gun show I bought it. Double action pull is smooth and light. Gun is very accurate.
The Combat Cobra pic was borrowed from the "Magnum Carry Prices?" thread below. I just posted it here since it looked like the original poster did not get the command right. Only thing I can tell you about it is that it is .357 Mag and was a special edition for Lew Horton with CC prefix.
If the horse don't pull you got to carry the load