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My son is looking at purchasing an original 1910 Colt .38 New York City Police revolver…what are some thoughts on this gun and can you give me some values? Not sure what the condition is – he is 1000 miles away from me.

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Do you know what model the revolver is? They had a few back then. The Model 1910 Colt is a semi auto. A VERY rare one at that.

http://www.rockislandauction.com/viewitem/aid/53/lid/1326

As a very broad answer, I'd say anywhere between $200-$600 for an earlier Colt DA revolver. This is based on what I've seen various models go for recently.

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Let me ask him, likely be sometime tomorrow evening - he is on a different time zone.

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Well I guess he is still awake. He did a little research today and thinks it’s the Army and Police gun, not the Officers model. He believes it is the BWS for NYC and thinks it stands for Bureau of Water and Sewage. It is actually a 1909.

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Well I guess he is still awake. He did a little research today and thinks it’s the Army and Police gun, not the Officers model. He believes it is the BWS for NYC and thinks it stands for Bureau of Water and Sewage. It is actually a 1909.

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Well I guess he is still awake. He did a little research today and thinks it’s the Army and Police gun, not the Officers model. He believes it is the BWS for NYC and thinks it stands for Bureau of Water and Sewage. It is actually a 1909.
That still is kind of vague, but It's something to go on. There's a good chance it's one of these guns.

In 1898, Colt introduced the New Service. This gun was chambered for more than a few rounds. You could get them in .38 Special and 38-40 just to name a few.



In 1907, Colt began selling the Police Positive. This gun was chambered in a few rounds, including the .38 Colt New Police (38 S&W). You could also get a Police Positive Special, which came in the more powerful .38 Special.



In 1908, Colt came out with a gun called the Army Special. The majority of these guns were chambered in 38 Special. In 1927, they renamed it the Official Police.

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That still is kind of vague, but It's something to go on. There's a good chance it's one of these guns.

In 1898, Colt introduced the New Service. This gun was chambered for more than a few rounds. You could get them in .38 Special and 38-40 just to name a few.



In 1907, Colt began selling the Police Positive. This gun was chambered in a few rounds, including the .38 Colt New Police (38 S&W). You could also get a Police Positive Special, which came in the more powerful .38 Special.



In 1908, Colt came out with a gun called the Army Special. The majority of these guns were chambered in 38 Special. In 1927, they renamed it the Official Police.

TWW do you know how long they made the official police? I have one in .38 special that was originally issued to the security guards at a local steel mill. It is stamped on the metal part of the grip with the abbreviation of the steel mill and their issue number. In the early 80s they got rid of their security guards and went to a security subcontractor, they sold the company firearms to a local gun store. They had the Colts and a bunch of Winchester model 97s, I should have bought one of those at the same time but didn't, still kicking my self because they were selling them dirt cheap. I paid less than $100 for the colt back then, I saw one just like it at a gun show this weekend and the asking price was over $400.
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TWW do you know how long they made the official police? I have one in .38 special that was originally issued to the security guards at a local steel mill. It is stamped on the metal part of the grip with the abbreviation of the steel mill and their issue number. In the early 80s they got rid of their security guards and went to a security subcontractor, they sold the company firearms to a local gun store. They had the Colts and a bunch of Winchester model 97s, I should have bought one of those at the same time but didn't, still kicking my self because they were selling them dirt cheap. I paid less than $100 for the colt back then, I saw one just like it at a gun show this weekend and the asking price was over $400.
$400 is not a bad price if it's in really good condition. I paid $200 for my 1919 Colt Army Special. It had some minor pitting in one area, and most of the finish is gone, but the bore was like a mirror except for some minor pitting in a couple small areas.

Colt made the Official Police from 1927, to 1978. You can look up which year yours was made in here.

http://www.coltautos.com/DA/OfficialPolice/officialpolicepd.htm
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$400 is not a bad price if it's in really good condition. I paid $200 for my 1919 Colt Army Special. It had some minor pitting in one area, and most of the finish is gone, but the bore was like a mirror except for some minor pitting in a couple small areas.

Colt made the Official Police from 1927, to 1978. You can look up which year yours was made in here.

http://www.coltautos.com/DA/OfficialPolice/officialpolicepd.htm
I will check out that link. Mine had a near perfect bore, but a lot of surface wear from being in a holster. It shoots great and is my main hd pistol. I had it reblued, that may have been a bad idea but I was 19 years old and didn't know any better back then.
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I will check out that link. Mine had a near perfect bore, but a lot of surface wear from being in a holster. It shoots great and is my main hd pistol. I had it reblued, that may have been a bad idea but I was 19 years old and didn't know any better back then.
I'm reblueing mine too. Most of the pitting was shallow enough that it disappeared with a little sanding. I'm going to try to get it to the range this week. The action on it is smooth as silk.
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