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 Post subject: Another Wheelie...
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:29 pm 
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I started a trade with someone on the Coltforum - two of my guns for one of his guns and $500 cash money. I got his check yesterday and the revolver today. A bit of an anomaly; a pre-WWII serial number on the frame, the backstrap is engraved U. S. Customs and a 4 digit number (1441) on the bottom of the grip - but the 2" Detective Special is a post-WWII barrel. It is probable that someone put the 2" barrel on the gun but there are some Postal Service hand guns that were converted to snub nose by the Post Office......

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 Post subject: Re: Another Wheelie...
PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:28 am 
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Very cool! Interesting palindromic S/N to boot.


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 Post subject: Re: Another Wheelie...
PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:04 am 
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The ejector rod looks like it was for a longer barrel.


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 Post subject: Re: Another Wheelie...
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:59 pm 
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The general consensus on the Colt Forum seems to be that the 2" barrel (which dates to 1947 - 1950) was installed on the gun by Customs - probably to an agent who wanted something more concealable.

Once I get this gun lettered by Colt - to know what Customs Port it went to - I'll try to find a source for Customs Firearms Records!


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