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Old 08-08-2004, 04:42 PM   #1
 
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Colt detective special - new to the forum

Well I did it. Went to the gun show here in Eureka Ca today. The revolver caught my eye - an old? Colt Detective special without the ejector shroud.
I don't have the ser# yet because I havn't done the waiting period here in Calif, and will pick up in 11 days or so. The revolver shows some use around the front of barrel (blue, probably from holster use), and bottom of grips, rounded, shows use. Other than that, and the usual cylinder marks from rotation. The colt insigna still on the grips. Very little holster blue removed from cylinder. The piece really looks good. Got it for $250.
Looked thru bore, looks good.
My question is, should I send it off to Colt to have it checked out, and possibly refurbished, before I attempt to take it to the range? Not sure if its safe to just fire a few rounds (or 6 rounds) to make sure cylinder is in sync, etc. I've been told its tight, but it was a consignment sale - this from dealer. I'm new to this forum, so this is my 1st post. Also, any idea of the ser# for the verious models as relates to age. Thanks
 
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Old 08-08-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
 
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We'll need the serial number to date the gun.

If it looks good and locks up tight when dry fired in both SA and DA, it should be OK. If in doubt, have a `smith check it out.

When I test a gun, new or used, I load one round and fire it SA. I load another round, next to the fired case, and fire it. I repeat this until I have fired a full cylinder. I repeat the procedure in DA. This procedure was taught to me by an old time cop who was on the department pistol team. This was a safety procedure he followed for years. If there is a problem, you'll only have one "live" round to worry about, not a full cylinder.

The Detective Special is a great gun. I carried a Cobra as a BUG for 20 years.

John
 
Old 08-08-2004, 08:07 PM   #3
 
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Read thru this and you will find some tips on what to look for:
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/sho ... adid=57816

If you have questions just post them here or go to the Colt Forum.
 
 
Old 08-09-2004, 03:16 PM   #4
 
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Colt detective special - new to the forum

Thanks John and Majic - will follow your advice.
 
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