Colt Detective Special
Colt Detective Special. When you hear Colt you think of revolvers. But how did the name end up as the generic term? It all started back in 1836. That was when Samuel Colt marketed his first revolver – with a design that revolutionised firearm development. You can feel something of that fascination when you hold our absolutely authentic copy in the traditional revolver caliber of 9 mm R.K. With the Colt Detective Special, you own a piece of firearm history. The cylinder holding 6 rounds is a response to the needs of the past: back when shooting in the Old West was a serious business, an extra bullet often made all the difference! The nickel-plated look with wooden combat grips is a beautiful tribute to tradition.
The Colt Detective Special is a carbon steel framed double-action short-barreled revolver, and is an example of a class of firearms known to gun enthusiasts as “snubnosed”, “snubbies”, or “belly guns”. As the name “Detective Special” suggests, this model revolver was used as a concealed weapon by plainclothes police detectives. Introduced in 1927, the Detective Special was one of the first short-barreled revolvers produced with a modern swing-out frame. It was designed from the outset to be chambered for higher-powered cartridges such as the .38 Special, considered to be a powerful caliber for a concealable pocket revolver of the day.
The Colt Detective Special was an American DA/SA revolver first produced in 1927 as a shortened version of the Police Positive Special handgun. It was designed for ease of carry and concealment. It proved very popular and over 1.5 million were produced in several models by the time production finally ended in 1986. Though originally offered in .32 caliber, the most common of the Colt Detective Specials were chambered for the .38 Special cartridge fed from a 6-shot cylinder and had a 2-inch barrel. (Some models with 3-inch barrels can also be found.) It is a classic-style, swing out cylinder, double action compact revolver with fixed blade front sight and notch-style rear sights and full lenght ejector rod. The cylinder rotates clockwise, unlike Smith & Wesson revolvers. The Detective Special models were also available in other calibers.
|Caliber||9 mm R.K.|
|Magazine capacity||6 rounds|
|Trigger||Single / Double Action|
|Holster type||A, C|