Colt Detective Special: Thanks CLASS3NH!

This is a discussion on Colt Detective Special: Thanks CLASS3NH! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Fresh in from Kittery Trading Post. Well here it is. Short and simple range report: 8 cylinders of 158 grain wadcutters that I paid entirely ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25

Thread: Colt Detective Special: Thanks CLASS3NH!

  1. #1
    VIP Member Array Euclidean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,213

    Colt Detective Special: Thanks CLASS3NH!

    Fresh in from Kittery Trading Post.




    Well here it is. Short and simple range report: 8 cylinders of 158 grain wadcutters that I paid entirely too much for LOL gave me impressive accuracy for a snubnose in sighted, unsighted, supported, and offhand shooting. With support at slow fire most of the six rounds will touch each other's holes if you're up to it.

    This piece is indeed "very clean". Wear is minor and consistent with moderate shooting with proper maintenance. I intend to continue that trend. Someone did paint a tiny dallop of red on the front sight and quite poorly. I gently removed it after cleaning with the soft side of an emory board. It took a while but it didn't damage that rich Colt bluing and it got that awful paint off.

    Unfortunately the paint was covering a tiny spot or two of wear, but nothing I'm worried about as that spot is often worn on any size revolver with fixed sights.

    And if you're going to paint your front sight, you should at least do it right and use White Out. Don't put paint on a Colt that is just wrong.

    I have a new BUG as far as I'm concerned. Although one must be careful with ammo choices in a Colt snubnose, the overall performance of these guns is in my humble opinion significantly better than modern J frames in many ways.

    First I personally find the trigger on most J frames to be entirely too heavy. Smooth yes, but too heavy relative to its size. I find it difficult to control the trigger well enough to pull it without shifting the postion of the entire gun noticeably.

    For another thing the sight picture on these old Colts is a lot better. I know that with a gun like this the idea of using the sights is not exactly realistic, but if the option ever presents itself I want good enough sights to take advantage of it.

    Now I'm not a slave to capacity, but this gun is not significantly larger than the 637 at all and yet holds 6 rounds next to the J frame's 5. In such a small gun that's meaningfully impressive.

    The grips on this gun are also quite a nice shape. They don't conceal as well as boot grips but I think I'll keep them. The pinky shelf aids greatly in shot control.

    Sure it's an anachronism in this age of scandium and fiber optic sights and +P loads, but I'm quite happy with it.

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    VIP Member Array Bud White's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Away - Health Problems
    Posts
    17,353
    looks good euc actually looks great.

    I use fingernail polish myself on front sights i have a 18 year old niece and get some outlandishly bright colors ..

    Glad you like it only think i would do is possibly go for a set of smaller wood grips for a true pocket gun.

  4. #3
    VIP Member Array Euclidean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,213
    I see nothing to indicate this, but I believe sincerely these are Pachmayr grips of some sort with a prancing pony logo set into them.

    They're a bit large, but truthfully snubby revolver grips peep out a little bit from my pocket anyway in jeans. I take other concealment measures in those cases. My slacks seem to have deeper pockets that contain such guns better.

    I think they're worth the extra size. They work quite well.

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array Bud White's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Away - Health Problems
    Posts
    17,353
    yes those are pac's with the colt logo they did make um that way for colt my anaconda has them on it also with the logo

  6. #5
    OD*
    OD* is offline
    Moderator
    Array OD*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Coopersville
    Posts
    10,751
    Nice Colt Euc, congrats.
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Diligentia Vis Celeritas"

    "There is very little new, and the forgotten is constantly being rediscovered."
    ~ Tiger McKee

  7. #6
    VIP Member Array CLASS3NH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bob from Southern New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,582

    Talking

    Hey there Euc!! I'm glad to hear you're happy with that Little Pony Dick Spl...... .....I really didn't notice the sight when I first looked it over... .....of course.......you now have MY prints on that gun too.. ......LOL...The Pach grips were made for Colt.. thats why the pony medallions.. ...When I saw it.........I thought of you right away.........VERY impressive accuracy you got from it.. Thy're really good guns.... .......i've had several..The Nickel one I got the other night........is going to the gunsmith...........timing troubles.......so that one (the nickel Dick spl) really would have given you trouble, and heartache.. it was a bit cheaper, but in the long run........it wasn't the gun for you.. I would feel badly if I had sent it out to you, and you had problems with it. Give me a call tomorrow night at the store........I'll return your call.. and if I can help you out again....don't hesitate.. You have a 30-day warranty on it also.....just let me know my friend..BTW..XD 45s are in too
    ..<whispering> ..I've got Bud's and Chris' wish list LOL.....maybe QK's and Bruce's too...
    Why Waltz when you can Rock-N-Roll

  8. #7
    Administrator
    Array QKShooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Off Of The X
    Posts
    35,153

    Euclidean

    That's a nice little blue work of art.
    Shoot it in good health. Congrats!
    Good Guns From CLASS3NH Folks.
    Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ

  9. #8
    VIP Member Array CLASS3NH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bob from Southern New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,582
    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter
    That's a nice little blue work of art.
    Shoot it in good health. Congrats!
    Good Guns From CLASS3NH Folks.
    Thanks for you vote of confidence QK.. Just doing my best to help out the Forumites with their "wish list"....... < I don't make commisions on the sales> I just enjoy seeing people get a pretty fair and honest deal.........Money's too tight, and we all work too hard to get the short end of the stick these days.
    I kinda knew Euc would like it........The gun was real solid when I looked at it........about 90-95% finish....came with the pachmyer grips that were made for Colt..with the Colt medallions on the grips..(these are original grips that came with the gun)....it never hit the cases..I grabbed it and placed it on hold for Euc, along with a Gen 2 Dick spl for him to choose from..
    Euc........check the S/N on the gun.........here's a link to check the Date of Manufacture..
    http://www.thearmedcitizen.com/gunpages/colt_d_s.htm
    Why Waltz when you can Rock-N-Roll

  10. #9
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,482
    I am no Colt fan Euc (relatively I must add!) but that is a sweet lil' snub. Love it.

    I would personally keep those grips - my large hands would love that pinkie shelf - I do not like the real shortie boot grips much at all - just me tho.

    I do like 6 capacity and I know sights on those are pretty pleasant. All in all - a very nice aquisition - and kudos to Bob for helping us out here.
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  11. #10
    VIP Member Array CLASS3NH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bob from Southern New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,582
    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry
    I am no Colt fan Euc (relatively I must add!) but that is a sweet lil' snub. Love it.

    I would personally keep those grips - my large hands would love that pinkie shelf - I do not like the real shortie boot grips much at all - just me tho.

    I do like 6 capacity and I know sights on those are pretty pleasant. All in all - a very nice aquisition - and kudos to Bob for helping us out here.
    <whispering to Chris> "you're next".........hehehehe........That SS marked 98K BYF Mauser in calling you......hehehe......
    Just havin fun with ya Chris........I do know what you want tho.......
    and People have called me "very evil"...in a very comical way.......cuz I have a knack for this gun stuff........
    Why Waltz when you can Rock-N-Roll

  12. #11
    Member Array warwagon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Dayton Oh
    Posts
    15
    Nice Colt !, I used to carry one in the 70s off duty, and wish I still had it. But I found it to be a bit large compared to th e S&W offerings.

    I agree with the smaller stocks, possibly you could find some originals, they always fit me well, and would aid concealment.

    Hope you enjoy your new aquisition!

    Blair

  13. #12
    VIP Member Array Ti Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Under Cover
    Posts
    2,035
    Euc, I really light that Colt. I would have all over that one too. Nice pick up.


    Ti.
    Train and train hard, you might not get a second chance to make a first impression!

    I vote for Monica Lewinsky's Ex-Boyfriend's Wife for President.....Not!

  14. #13
    Distinguished Member Array LenS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Commiechusetts
    Posts
    1,631
    Great gun, enjoy.

    I own the same gun in nickle, bought it from a fellow officer back in the late 1970s. I have 3 or 4 different sets of grips for it, but usually used the same style Pacs on it (no prancing pony however).

  15. #14
    VIP Member Array maclean3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Posts
    3,085
    Great score Euc! I'd like to find one myself someday when funds allow. Guess I know who to call, huh?
    Jack

  16. #15
    Senior Member Array TonyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    791
    Very nice gun there. And it sounds like it's a great shooter. I have several guns on my "one of these days" list and a Colt wheelie is pretty high up on that list. Nice find!
    <a target="_top" href="http://www.cybernations.net/default.asp?Referrer=TonyW"><img src="http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd188/18932471/imgad2-1.png" border="0"></a>

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Colt Detective Special vs. S&W 60?
    By Ivan in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: July 27th, 2009, 11:07 PM
  2. Colt Detective Special: Before and After
    By randytulsa2 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: February 22nd, 2008, 02:50 PM
  3. Colt Detective Special
    By randytulsa2 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: February 14th, 2008, 08:19 PM
  4. 'New' Colt Detective Special
    By cmidkiff in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: August 30th, 2007, 05:45 PM

Search tags for this page

38 detective special maintence
,
colt detective special cleaning and maintenance
,

colt detective special maintenance

,
colt detective special timing
,
colt detective special touching up blueing
,
detective special maintaince
,
detective special maintenance
,

detective special sights

,
it is the gen2 detective with a hammer shroud
,
kittery trading post detective special .38 colt
,
shooting colt detective special
,
waller shroud detective special
Click on a term to search for related topics.