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Hi folks!

Just thought I'd show off my latest. A VERY NICE (1928) Banker's Special in 38 NP! One of my favorite buys out of a couple dozen Colts. Ya'll let me know what you think, and let's see yours. There's not a ton of recent chatter on these here. Hoping to hear some good stories....

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This could be a one of. First of all it is a .22 caliber. Secondly, and most importantly, it was Fitz'd at the factory. J. Henry Fitz-Gerald worked for Colt from 1918-1944. His resume' is very impressive. He was a firearms expert. He testified in almost 1500 trials where firearms were used. He was also a consultant and lecturer for many businesses and police agencies. The Fitz-Gerald alterations usually included shortened barrels, a cut trigger guard, bobbed hammer, and shortened extractor. This pistol has only the cut trigger guard and is verified by a Colt factory letter. This Colt pistol was shipped, on loan, to Lieutenant Robert (R.M.) Bair. He was a pistol instructor with the Pennsylvania State Police. Mr. Bair is also the author of "Manual of Police Revolver Instruction" written in 1932. At some point he found time to be mayor of Hummelstown, Pa. When looking at the pictures, be sure and notice the verified proof mark on the right rear of the trigger guard. Normally this mark is found on the left front of the trigger guard.



 

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I'm seeing both round and square butt configurations but no mention of this in the letters. Was there a "default" grip frame for the Banker's Special? If you had to specify square or round wouldn't it be noted in "Special Features"?
I'm not sure about the frames but Banker's wore Square Butt Walnut grips from 1928-1933 and round butt from 1934-1940. I think I've read that there were at least 2 types of Colt DA round butt walnut grips.
 

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This could be a one of. First of all it is a .22 caliber. Secondly, and most importantly, it was Fitz'd at the factory. J. Henry Fitz-Gerald worked for Colt from 1918-1944. His resume' is very impressive. He was a firearms expert. He testified in almost 1500 trials where firearms were used. He was also a consultant and lecturer for many businesses and police agencies. The Fitz-Gerald alterations usually included shortened barrels, a cut trigger guard, bobbed hammer, and shortened extractor. This pistol has only the cut trigger guard and is verified by a Colt factory letter. This Colt pistol was shipped, on loan, to Lieutenant Robert (R.M.) Bair. He was a pistol instructor with the Pennsylvania State Police. Mr. Bair is also the author of "Manual of Police Revolver Instruction" written in 1932. At some point he found time to be mayor of Hummelstown, Pa. When looking at the pictures, be sure and notice the verified proof mark on the right rear of the trigger guard. Normally this mark is found on the left front of the trigger guard.



He sure was a busy dude! Randy, I believe I saw a Fitz'ed large frame Colt somewhere on Gunbroker recently. Maybe a New Service?
 

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I'm seeing both round and square butt configurations but no mention of this in the letters. Was there a "default" grip frame for the Banker's Special? If you had to specify square or round wouldn't it be noted in "Special Features"?
From 1926 to 1933 it was made with a square butt, and from 1933 to 1940 with a round butt.
 
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