Ok guys, lets compliment the fine thread Dragman started and put up Colts, and nothing but Colts. Old ones. New ones. All the Colts we can cram on here! Revolvers, automatics, rifles, machine guns, percussion, whatever. Over time it can be the official Colt photo reference thread and a good place to get a fix for viewing all things Colt.
I'm going to post some old, ugly Colts first (well, most of mine are old and ugly anyhow).
This Official Police .38 Special was manufactured in 1953 and was a NYPD issue revolver. The Official Police was a mainstay of the Colt revolver line for many years beginning when it replaced the Army Special in the 1927 Colt catalog. It lasted until 1969. Could be had chambered in .22 Long Rifle. .32-20, .38/200, .38 Special, and .41 Long Colt. Shame it's gone too as it is a great revolver.
Here's a 1925 vintage Army Special in .41 Long Colt. The Army Special was the earlier incarnation of the Official Police shown above. Except for minor sight differences and roll markings they are really the same exact revolver; same size, same function and they share the same internal parts. These came in .32-20, .38 Special, and .41 Long Colt.
The immediate double action, swing-out cylinder predecessor of the two above revolvers is the Colt New Army/ New Navy. About the same size as the two above, it's a much more primitive design than the exercise in perfection that the later revolvers represent. This old wheezer was introduced in 1889 and soldiered on until 1907 when the much improved Army Special was introduced. The only difference in the Colt New Army and Colt New Navy is the style of hard rubber stocks found on the revolvers along with the fact that the New Navy will have an "N" stamped under the crane on the frame beneath the serial number. Why they bothered with two different names is beyond me. Might have something to do with obtaining government contracts to supply both the Army and the Navy. The Navy bought first but the Army bought large numbers of these. These came in .32-20, .38 Long Colt, and .41 Long Colt.
Here's a doggy commercial 1906 vintage New Navy in .32 WCF (.32-20), a really scarce chambering for these revolvers.
I need to make a better, updated photo but here's a New Army Model 1901 .38 Long Colt that was standard military issue.
Here's a commercial New Navy chambered for .41 Long Colt. This one dates to 1901.