Would you carry it?

Would you carry it?

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    Would you carry it?

    I called my dad last night to get his opinion on an S&W 640 vs a 60 and during the discussion he said he would give me his old Colt Detective Special.

    This is a blued gun that he carried as his duty weapon for many years as a cop. Would you carry it or make it a safe queen and buy a SS j-frame?


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    Wow.....a classic. I'd carry that det spl in a heartbeat!
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    Make it a safe queen and buy a stainless j-frame to carry. The bluing will suffer, and if you had to use it, it will suffer from being evidence, and you might not get it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Make it a safe queen and buy a stainless j-frame to carry. The bluing will suffer, and if you had to use it, it will suffer from being evidence, and you might not get it back.
    +1 i agree
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    Love to have it, but I wouldn't carry it daily.. I'm partial to my daily carry now,.

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    Your dad carried it for years - I'd be inclined to honor that legacy by carrying it myself. When you pass it down to your child you can tell them it's a gun that served both you and your father well. You could use the money saved on ammo....or something else you could actually find to purchase.

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    I carry a 1961 Colt Cobra off duty in the summers here. Same one my father carried off duty on the NYPD.

    Light weight, 6-shots, and better looking than the J-frame
    Whats not to like? Regards 18DAI.

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    I would take your dad's Colt Detective Special along with other memorabilia from his career and save it to share with your kids and grandkids.
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    If you have the money, buy another gun and carry that.

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    I'd carry it if I didn't have a better option. I'd also possibly carry it as a BUG. But not for an EDC given a better (IMO) option.
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    It's still a practical and effective handgun for carry purposes. Assuming it already isn't pristine from years of carry usage then I'd happily carry it, not worrying about blue wear and taking my chances with it landing in a property room.

    The Colt Detective Special, what a great choice!
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    Make it a gun safe queen

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    I like S&W wheelers that's the only reason why I wouldn't carry it, if it was his duty queen it's probably not in the condition that would warrant making it a safe queen. Remember to check out the 649, I just bought one and I love it!! I also have a model 60, but that is my wife's gun.

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    I'd carry it. It protects nobody sitting in a safe. If you took care of it, you'd still be able to pass it to your children later. IMO

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    I probably wouldn't carry it all the time because of it's history... but at the same time BECAUSE of it's history I would at least carry for special occasions if nothing else. Maybe it could be kind of a BBG gun if you want to carry it but don't want to carry it all the time.
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