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I have an O.P. marked "U.S." in small characters on the butt. It also has a lanyard ring and was built in 1936. Does this indicate issue by a federal agency? It apparently has had a colorful history as the blackstrap is marked for the West Virginia Dept. of Public Safety. The frame has an electro pencilled marking for Moundsville State Prison too! I am very curious about the possible U.S. govt. history.I sent for a letter today. Just hoping hoping someone here had some info also.......Thanks!Charles
 

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Hope you get an interesting lettter. The good old Official Police was used by more federal, state, and local governemt agencies than you and I can think of. These solid old Colt revolvers were present during numerous truly historic events. While some may ooh and ahh over other more glamorous Colt models (the Python for one) the good old OP has been just hanging around quietly doing its job for an whole bunch of decades. I think some forum members are still carrying an OP for a duty sidearm. The OP is just one great Colt revovler. My thoughts on the matter.
 

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Well said, Colt75!
 

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Hope you get an interesting lettter. The good old Official Police was used by more federal, state, and local governemt agencies than you and I can think of. These solid old Colt revolvers were present during numerous truly historic events. While some may ooh and ahh over other more glamorous Colt models (the Python for one) the good old OP has been just hanging around quietly doing its job for an whole bunch of decades. I think some forum members are still carrying an OP for a duty sidearm. The OP is just one great Colt revovler. My thoughts on the matter.
Bravo! That's exactly what I like about the 4" pre war O.P. and why I will eventually get one .
 

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They are the sweetest shooting revolvers, I have one only a martially marked 5 inch barrel revolver made in 1941 in 38-200. Shoots as good as it looks.
 
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