The grips in the auction are for a Police Positive, not a Police Positive SPECIAL. they will be too small for your gun.
The " 38 SPECIAL " only marking on your barrel would be correct, Notice the clear "38" stamping on the RIA item.Rare and Unique Colt Police Positive Double Action Revolver with 2 Inch Barrel and Factory Letter
Mine is stamped with "38 SPL" only. I'll get some more detailed pics this afternoon.
Thank you, JudgeColt. Do you know where I can source grips?You have a standard 2-inch Police Positive Special. They are marked as noted. The word "Colt" does not appear on the gun itself, other than on the logo on the stocks. There are narrow butt and wide butt versions. Most letter as shipped in 1926 and 1927, before the adoption of the "Detective Special" name. These scarce guns have been discussed at length here many times. A1A could provide several links, but you can probably find them as well with a search.
(Apologies to anyone offended by my "delivery.")
Exactly! I would have to agree. That is why I asked for better pictures of the barrel before pronouncing the gun a 2-inch PPS (Pre-detective). I have a cut down PPS which still retains the "38 Special" marking.Does the "38 SPECIAL" marking on your revolver look exactly like the one in the RIA Auction picture, or do the letters appear smaller. The reason I ask is because longer barreled Police Positive Specials of that vintage were marked "Police (over) Positive (with a large P for both words) 38 Special." The "38 Special" was in a smaller font than that used on the 2" guns. If the barrel were shortened, it would still say "38 Special", but might have some traces of lettering ahead of that or on the top of the barrel, where the patent dates were. Genuine 2" Police Positive Specials had no markings whatsoever on the barrel other than the "38 SPECIAL" in the font and size as shown in the RIA picture.
Also, note the length of the ejector rod on the 320xxx revolver as compared to the one on the RIA gun. It appears to be as long as the barrel, while on a genuine 2" Police Positive Special the tip should be about even with the "S" in "SPECIAL.
Congerz83:I'm in my travels at the moment. DID get a picture of the side of the barrel. Is DOES say "38 Special" (I'm an idiot who shouldn't make claims without the object in hand). But there are markings on the top of the barrel that it looks like the sight was "placed" right above. I'll get better pics and measurements.