Thanks WS. I should have asked two hours ago before I looked for a link like that and never found it. I was going to make two call tomorrow; one to Colt to ask and the other to order Wilson's book. Thanks again.
I agree that it looks like 1954. I have serial number 63xx from that year. It is a 4". Is yours? Mine is a two-tone. The cylinder flutes and the bottom of the frame, and top strap are matte, the rest is polished blue.
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This one is a 4" and after looking at it a little closer the flutes are a matte finish as well as the underside of the frame. I just assumed it was wear or dulling of the finish. This one actually belongs to a friend of mine and I'm normally a S&W guy myself but I am pretty impressed with the action and accuracy of this piece. It's butter smooth and locks up like a bank vault and the timing is dead on. If it were a 6" I'd take it off his hands for myself but I've got enough toys and couldn't justify another unless I could put it to work once a year as a deer gun.