gun show success (i think)

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    gun show success (i think)

    today i went to a gun show with a friend, and it was not bad- much better than the last one i attended. anyway, i saw a nice colt police positive in 38 special, in good shape. made about 1955 i would speculate. very tight, original, only minor blue wear in the usual spots.
    question 1- the barrel says "colt police positive 38 special" i take it that means 38 SW special, not some old 38 caliber round, right?
    question 2- does anybody know of a site on the internet where i can look up the serial number? and exactly date it..
    question 3- it hasnt been shot much, but do you think i should shoot it regularly, or only rarely? it is in very strong condition, even the blue which is nice.
    question 4- i paid 350 for it. was that way too much? (i am not much of a bargain hunter)
    thanks to you colt guys. this is my first colt of any sort.
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    38 sw special is the odd round you want just a 38 SP

    If you pm me the first 3 or the serial ill look it up in my book here,,

    shooting is up to you

    some pics would give a better ideal on price

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    update

    thanks to Mr White, I have learned the gun was made in 1935-6, so I am amazed at its condition, and the lock-up is absolutely rock solid.
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    I've got a couple of Police Positive Specials chambered for .38 Special and they are fine revolvers and more practical than most suppose. They aren't difficult at all to conceal. Think Detective Special with a longer barrel since the frame size is the same. Mine have gone riding in an ample coat pocket or inside the waistband on a few occasions. My two were made in 1914 and 1921. Both lock up tightly though the 1914 is the better of the two. It is very accurate. I like the looks of the pre-war guns with their half-moon front sight and pretty blue. I haven't felt the need to rip off a cylinder-full of my favorite +P 158 grain SWC ammo in them but would feel well armed with standard velocity .38 Special 158 grain semi-wadcutters. The Police Positive Special could be had in .32-20 as well.

    $350 sounds like a reasonable retail price for a pre-war revolver in nice condition. Lots of folks say retire the old ones but I say take them out and exercise them on occasion. A lot of double action rapid fire isn't advised because it will accelerate wear on the hand, locking bolt, and cylinder notches. Bit of a shame for me as the little Police Positive revolver lends itself to rapid and accurate DA fire for me. One isn't likely to break anything in a quality Colt revolver if one takes care to shoot standard velocity ammo in it and keep it cleaned and oiled.

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    Colt stamps their barrels ".38 Special Ctg".

    Smith & Wesson stamps their barrels ".38 S&W. Spl".

    They're the same cartridge.

    Colt has never stamped their barrels with their competitor's (S&W) trademark.


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    we need pics
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