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Colt Detective Special

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by ab72756, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. ab72756

    ab72756 New Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Can anyone tell me the year of mfg. of my Detective Spec. The serial number on the cradle is F193888. Below the serial#is what seems to be an 8 then a sideways 10 or IO then another symbol which may be a 0. On the left side of the barrel it says Detective Spec.
    38 sp4ecial ctg.

    On the right it says: Colt's PT.F.A. MFG. CO.

    Thanks Bruce
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Doesn't fit in the serial list. F prefix guns were made in '73 and '74, but they only went to F60000. Your number has too many numbers. Ain't real sure what you mean by the cradle, but the serial number is stamped into the bottom of the grip. Numbers somewhere else might be the SN, but they also might just be assembly numbers, or something else. Verify the number on the grip.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009