Colt Detective Special: Before and After

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    Colt Detective Special: Before and After

    Well, folks, I promised some before and after pix regarding the old Detective Special I rescued from my favorite pawn shop.

    The photos are not as big or as clear as I'd like, but I think they adequately convey the progress I've made.

    I took the Pachmayrs off and put the factory grips on ('cause that rich blue just looks better with that wood, if the wood is fixed up and not damaged too badly)

    I am pleased. I think I may use it as my "formal gun" , for formal occasions...working in my office, church, etc.

    I cannot imagine putting it into leather, though...the finish and all, you know....
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    Well done Randy! Great little pistol!
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    Nice looking pistol. I'm a sucker for the old Colts. Go ahead and carry it that's what it was built for. It can't protect you in a safe!!!!!
    We will be much better off when we learn to deal with things as they really are, instead of how we wish them to be!

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    Lousy photography (on the before shot) but man oh man, nice job on the gun.

    So tell me, is the before out of focus to make it look even worse than it was?
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    Nope, not intentional. Just inept.
    "...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."


    Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.

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    You have rescued a treasure. Well done!
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    wow definately looks a lot nicer now

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    Looks real nice, you cleaned her up good.
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    FWIW:

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    I think these old D frames were a "high water" mark for American made revolvers..

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    Well done, you really did justice to that fine piece of American craftmanship.
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    Nice Colt Randy! did the factory do the refinish for you?

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    Good looking in my opinion. The grip's color is very rich and compliments the blue well.

    You did good!

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