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I have a Detective Special with Fitz Special features that I have been unable to find any credible information pertaining to the authenticity or lack thereof.
I realize the odds of it being the real deal are very low, however, any info is better than none.
I have been able to determine the serial number places it in the time frame that Fitz was employed at Colt's. This much was gleaned from Wilson's book.
I have a few photo's if it would be of help.
Any feedback is appreciated. TIA.
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Problem with documenting Fitz Specials from Colt is that the modifications are simple and easy to make, and thus to counterfeit and it also appears that FitzGerald was wont to do this with guns of friends and associates and do so off the books.

A counterfeit Fitz is surely to have (1) a high price (though perhaps a bit less to make it a steal in multiple ways) and a fair bit of documentation. An "it-could-really-be-a- Fitz-Special-but-the-seller-doesn't-know-it" Colt could be surely reasonable in price (as are most weapons that have been chopped in variations of the Fitz Style), but you're on your own to prove it.

The Fitz Special Concept surfaces ever so often and results in a brief flurry of interest in such chopped and shortened guns: some quite nice, other's absolute abortions.

I have seen two such DS's a couple of years ago that were SN'd in the correct years but Colt's letters showed them only as standard Detective Specials. The dealer, however, had a mass of supplementary documentation that surely appeared to verify that FitzGerald had done them. He sold them before I could photograph them which he agreed to let me do.

The large bore Fitz's have been a long term interest of mine, but I wouldn't personally pay a premium for one that couldn't be documented extensively to my satisfaction.

On the other hand, as someone who prefers to be a user and accumulator rather than a purist and specialist as a real collector should be, I'm happy with my own made-up versions of the Grand Old Man Of Colt's little pocket howitzers.

I'm less enthusiastic about someone else's chopped up guns unless my buying price reflects the chopped departure from stock.

Unless it's a grossly done exercise, you're not going to get much of an answer from photos. Write to Colt for a letter as a starting point. You may be lucky.

If it's a nicely done job and you paid a reasonable price for it, you're probably lucky to have it anyway....regardless of who did the work.

Good Luck...

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Thank you all for your replies.
I have entertained the idea of a factory letter, but at current pricing, a "sorry bub," is not cheap, let alone a "give that man a kewpie doll." I would prefer to have a little better odds going in.
I'll keep trying, and maybe roll the dice.
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The only way to be SURE is to get a Historical letter from Colt.

Because of the rarity, real Fitz Colt's have high values, so if you think there's a chance it's an original Fitz, you may want to spend the money.

In truth, genuine Fitz Colt's had a low production, and were both copied and actually counterfeited over the years, so the letter is going to be the only 100% SURE method of determining it's originality.

Some years ago, there was a man on the West coast who was offering, (at the time) ridiculously high prices for Colt Detective Specials in excellent condition.
Turns out, he was also selling "genuine Fitz Specials" at ridiculously high prices, complete with forged letters from Colt.

He was exposed when a buyer damaged his letter and wrote to Colt for a new copy.

After it was all over, I heard this thief went to prison for fraud.

Nobody knows for sure how many of his fakes are still floating around, with or without the phony letter, and there are plenty of just plain copies people did over the years.
 
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