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Similarly to the shotgun information request posted earlier, the family inherited this Colt revolver. Any one has any idea of possible age and price?

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Boy...I'm not all that familiar with the old Colt DA revolvers. I THINK that's an old Army Special. It was made in 38 Spl. and 32-20. I don't know if any of the other 32's were chambered in the revolver. If it is an Army Special it's post-1908 and pre-1927, I think. I believe that's when Colt made a few changes and changed the name to "Official Police".

The old Army Special's have been coming up in price in the US, if they're pristine. I have seen them for $800. One in the condition of that one with very worn blue and what looks to be a well worn ratchet, I'd guess $400 absolute tops with $300 more realistic. OG probably has better information on the value than me and, of course if it is indeed an Army Special.

I have one in 32-20 and it's pretty darn accurate in single action. Typical for Colts of that era, in double action it stacks up pretty bad.
 

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What is written in front of 38 special. It should be the model. I can't make it out. I cant fit the serial number into a known gun range. Is there a number on the bottom of the grip frame?
 

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I think it may be a Police Positive Special. The Special had a longer cylinder to handle the 38 special and 32-20. I think the Army or Official Police would have more metal around the cylinder bores? You could weigh it. The Police Positive Special will weigh about 24 ounces, and the Army, or Official Police would weigh about 34 ounces. I think?
 

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What is written in front of 38 special. It should be the model. I can't make it out. I cant fit the serial number into a known gun range. Is there a number on the bottom of the grip frame?
My mother , who has the gun with her in Argentina, says it reads "Jostine" but I googled that and can't find anything.

I've asked for a better photo of that text and also to check on the numbers on the bottom of the grip. I'll uodate when I hear back.

Many thanks.

I think it may be a Police Positive Special. The Special had a longer cylinder to handle the 38 special and 32-20. I think the Army or Official Police would have more metal around the cylinder bores? You could weigh it. The Police Positive Special will weigh about 24 ounces, and the Army, or Official Police would weigh about 34 ounces. I think?
Thanks, if it is a Police Positive Special, would it say that on the barrel?

I've asked them to weight it. Will update when I hear back.
 

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If it's an Army Special I think it should say that on the barrel. I believe mine does. Never thought of that until you asked about barrel markings.

Kweeks, OG, was the Army Special built on the old 41 frame? Seems I remember reading that years ago.
 

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It does say something before "38 Special" and they think it might be Police Positive.

On top of the barrel it says something like: "Colt's ptfamfg co hartford ct USA
1884 june 1900 july 4 1905"

Do you know what finish that is?
 

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Yes Mauro, the old Colts like that should have their model name stamped on the barrel. Whatever it is, it's a nice old gun.

Sharps, I think 41 frame is used sometimes. I think the official term is E frame.
And the Police Positive is a D frame. Sure am using the word think a lot :rolleyes:
 
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