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Old 09-25-2014, 08:10 AM   #1
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I have a Colt Official Police that the serial number places at 1932, and a colt Cobra also in .38 special. The frame and internals look exactly alike, is the cobra a continuation of the Official Police line? or something totally different?

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Old 09-25-2014, 09:02 AM   #2
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No. The Cobra & Detective Special are Decedents of the official police and police positive guns, although there are slight external differences. I own 4 Colt DA wheel Guns, a 6" blued Python, and three Snubbies. A 3" Stainless King Cobra, and 2" Cobra LT.( light weight) and a 2"Det. Sp., that was Dad's off Duty( the King was his Back up to his 1911 as an Army Reserve CID). The only one I still carry and shoot is the Cobra. It had the timing redone and a rebluing from colt in 1991. It still looks like the day I got it back, 23 years ago last month. I've Taught several cousins, Nieces, and Nephews to shoot with that Gun. My Older Niece is a College Art Teacher in Philly, but lives in Jersey, where her husband is a Methodist Minister. They are in a nice house, but a rough area. They offered to buy the gun from me, but I couldn't sell it. So instead all the Aunts and uncles chipped in, and we got them a GP100 4", and an SP101 4" 22.


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The Official Police model was a descendent of the Army Special, and was on the mid-size frame, often referred to as the .41 Frame. The Official Police spawned the Officer Model series; Officers Model Target, Officers Model Special, Officers Model Match, and the Python.

The Police Positive and Police Positive Special were small framed Colts, yet were six-shot guns. The PPS sired the Banker's Special, detective Special, and the Cobra, and also the Diamondback.

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P.S. Forgot to mention the Official Police is also sire to the Trooper and the Three Fifty Seven.

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