You don't see many of these offered up for sale:
I'm currently double checking with Colt Archives right now. Sometimes you never know...Has anyone tried to letter the gun or contact Colt Archives t see if the gun is legitimate ??
After WW2 Colt stopped making the Bankers Specials so PO bought S&W Terriers. I have invoices for 3000 bought in the early 1950s
As information, this Detective Special with factory-rolled "POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT" was added to the Railway Mail Service Library collection.Well, it seems to be that I've stumbled across your thread. I'm actually the seller of the Post Office marked Detective Special linked at the top. =P Thanks for taking the time to make a post about my listing. And I appreciate your above compliments, Gus. I simply want to be as honest and informative as I can to any interested buyers, so I respect you reaching out to me and value your input.
Also, since you guys are smart and will figure this out eventually, as radical Rod pointed out, this actually is the same revolver Winston sold back in December. Unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, I have to let it go pre-maturely, so it's up for bid to whoever might want it. Sadly it's not a new find, but all the conversation is really cool. I love learning more about these unique guns. I might also add the shipment info kwill mentioned to my listing. That'd be some good information.
Thanks guys. Look forward to hearing anything else anyone finds out or has to add.
Hello, Toyman: It is more likely that your father had a Colt Bankers Special since my estimation is that this model comprised about 80 percent of all non-Postal Inspection Service and non-Postal Police weapons and were primarily assigned to Railway Postal Clerks. Some were assigned to Post Office Registry Cages in large post offices.Very good
My father was a registry clerk in 1950's and told me he had a Colt 6 shot revolver he would pull out of a desk drawer when to took the registered mail to the train station. He knew it was Colt but other that that he was not a gun guy.
Might have been one of the Detective Specials listed above.