Colt Police Positive 38

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  1. esq1999

    esq1999 New Member

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    I have a Colt 32 Police Positive Ctg
    The Pat'd dates are aug 5 1884, june 5 1900 and july 4 1905 engraved on the barrel.

    I do not know the serial number as the gun was my late father's found in indoor storage and very rusty. I have made no attempts to recondition it. I have the original box the revolver came in and a box of bullets. I think he picked it up new when he was in the service (WWII) and positivley never fired.

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me how old this gun is?
    And a general estimate how much it is worth?

    Thanks
  2. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Your title says .38 but the text says a .32? What caliber is the box of cartridges?

    The serial number will be needed to date the gun, and if you can read the patent dates, the serial should be legible: Open the cylinder and look on inside of the hinged "crane" that the cylinder swings out on.
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  3. esq1999

    esq1999 New Member

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    Thank-you

    I will do this and get back to you later this morning. Thank you for your help
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    esq1999 New Member

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    Ok...I have double checked the Revolver and it is a Colt Police Positive .38 No. 41464.

    Is it ok to clean the revolver or just leave it rusted? Thanks for your help
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    According to proofhouse.com, your gun was made in 1911.

    As a minimum you need to stop the rust. If it's just light surface rust, try using a piece of burlap or similar rough rag soaked in oil. Don't use anything more abrasive than oily 0000 steel wool.

    Value will depend on condition: If badly rusted with no original finish, it will have lost it's collector value, and will just be a "shooter" if mechanically OK. Also, if the box you mention is the original Colt box and identified to this gun, it will add some value.

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    esq1999 New Member

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    Thank-you for your help.

    If cleaned and in it's origional box what do you beleive the value to be at best? Would you be able to estimate a range? I have not tried to clean it but based upon my experiance cleaning my shootgun it should clean up nicely.

    Thanks for your help as I have no clue
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    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Hard to second guess the current economy. Review of .38 Police Positives listed online last 90 days finds quite a few that went unsold, and a half dozen with worn or no original finish that sold from $161 to $260. If yours is still in collectable condition after cleaning and the box is in nice shape, maybe $200-$250 range?
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    Is it a Police Positive, or a Police Positive Special? Positive is 38 New Police, AKA 38 Smith and Wesson. Positive SPECIAL is 38 Special. Special will be easier to sell, and get more money.
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    esq1999 New Member

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    The revolver is a Police Positve 38. I will clean it and probably keep it. The box is in ok shape. Thank-you all for your help.
    ESQ1999
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