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Hello!

I've just finished reading Eliot Ness' book "The Untouchables"... Wow, great book!

But, there's a question came up during reading.

Ness described his sidearm as a snub-nosed .38 Colt revolver. I know Robert Stack's portrait of Ness - he carried a 4 " Colt Official Police, but I don't think the 4 " C. O. P. was Ness original revolver...

The story of "The Untouchables" starts in 1929. Ness was employed with the Treasury Department's Prohibition Bureau since August 1926. What kinds of short barreled Colt revolvers were popular with the Feds at that time? Maybe the .38 2" Detective Special?

Many thanks for your valuable help!!!

Best wishes,
Eliot
 

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At that time there were several 2" .38 Colt revolvers.
The Colt Detective Special in .38 Special.

The Colt Banker's Model in short .38 rounds like the .38 S&W and Colt .38 New Police.

In all probability, Ness's gun was the Detective Special.
 

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Many thanks for your reply!

I've expected that. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

What would be the fitting vintage shoulder holster? One made by George Lawrence? What could Ness have worn?

Many thanks for your help again!

Best wishes,
Eliot
 
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