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After shooting and handling my pre-war (1920) Officer's Model .38, and my 1917 revolvers (see earlier threads "perfect pair" for pix), I noticed that both have a dished out area milled out of the top strap in front of the forcing cone. (On most revolvers this is the area where "gas-cutting" occurs.) I never knew about it because I never owned early pre-war Colt revolvers before. Does anyone know why they dished out this area? My later Colt revolvers don't have it. I assume that like P&R on Smiths, this feature was eliminated to cut costs. Thanks for any info!
 

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I believe that was put on there to prevent " gas-cutting". You notice how the dished out area sort of diverts gasses to the right and left but high in the center. Dick
 

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Thanks for the information! Like being pinned & recessed, that dished out area seems to be another feature that was cut out to cut costs.
 
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