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 Post subject: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:21 pm 
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S&W, M&P, 5 screw, 2" barrel, nickel finish.
Manufactured 1945-1948.
Detroit Police engraved on back strap.
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S&W, model 10-5, 5" barrel, nickel finish.
Manufactured 1973-1974.
Detroit Police engraved.
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 Post subject: Re: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:50 pm 
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Very nice, if only they could tell their stories!


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 Post subject: Re: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:08 am 
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Nice samples there.

The tradition (and maybe even policy, no-one I asked was really sure) was that if you graduated from DPD academy, you were issued a 5" blued M-10 (or M&P, in earlier eras) and that was what you packed.

As Detroit had (I say had, in the past tense) a very rational sidearm policy, a lot of those marked 10s got stuffed into dresser drawers. you see, at its essence, the DPD policy was "shoot a passing score in qual, and you can carry it."

A lot of officers, as soon as they could save up the cash, would buy a big-bore Smith and then qual and carry it.

Ron Jagielski, the first Second Chance save from a gunshot, was typical: his carry gun, on and off duty, was a 6" nickel 25-5.

I had a customer who would bring her issue DPD sidearm in annually for cleaning and inspection. The good Lt. packed a DPD-marked Aircrewman. With aluminum cylinder.

When retiring, the DPD-marked issue blaster was transferred to the officer as a parting gift.

A number of cities bordering Detroit also issued marked M&P, usually 5" blued. You could specialize just in those marked guns, and have an extensive collection.


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 Post subject: Re: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:06 pm 
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Patrick Sweeney,
Thanks for your insight into Detroit Police revolvers.
Detroit was once a great city, with a rich History dating all the way back to the 1700's.
All that has changed in the last 30 years. Most would not recognize Detroit as it once was.
These revolvers only play a small part of Detroits History.

Here is an interesting thread from S&W forum.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-revolv ... hread.html

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 Post subject: Re: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:36 pm 
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howdy , I have a late 60's 5 inch , almost mint with a light holster drag line from holstering the ole girl at the edge of the barrel, robbt


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 Post subject: Re: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:33 am 
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WIth the humidity of the lake nearby, a lot of officers had their carry guns nickeled after the fact. Same in Chicago, nickel cut way way back on the holster rash of carrying in 100 % humidity. Same with why "cop ammo" had nickeled cases, that was to keep the cases from developing verdigris in the years it often sat in the leather belt loops or cartridge cases.

I remember getting a CPD Model 10 in the shop once that the owner was selling to buy drink. He was a retired CPD who had hit the sauce awful hard. He bragged he had only drawn it 4 times in his career, when we tried to cock the hammer it would not budge. The inside of the action was fully encased in rust, varnish from what we think was WD40 and dirt.

I wondered how he passed annual Qual's with it. or if he just used a range gun.


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 Post subject: Re: D.P.D. S&W's
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:37 am 
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hi , both Colt & S&W ran production runs of nickeled 5 inch police special for the DPD , the S&W 10-5 are well known , Colts are a bit scarce and the late colt MK3 are really scarce, but all were factory nickeled , robbt


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