Colt Det Special 3 inch barrel

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by frank252guns, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. frank252guns

    frank252guns New Member

    16
    0
    0
    I am about to purchase a Det. Special 38 with a 3 in barrel. I know they are rare with a 3in barrel but don't know how rare. How many did they make? How much is it worth? According to the Ser. # it war built in 1965.Very good condition.
    Any info would be appreciated
     
  2. cmhill

    cmhill New Member

    113
    0
    0
    if it was manufactured in 65 it should have wood grips, anything 66 and later had wrap around woodgrips the 3 inch is scarce as noted.
    value depending on condition
    100% 850.00 98% 750.00 95% 550.00
    90% 300.00 80% 250.00 70% 200.00
    60% 185.00 50% 170.00 40% 160.00 30% 150.00 20% 140.00 10% 120.00
    add 15% for 3inch barrel and 20% for nickel finish
    if nickel finish check to see if it is the original finish a good way to tell is to look at the serial numbering, lettering and other markings and see if they are crisp/clean if they look at all distorted or smugged it is most likely refinished.
     

  3. frank252guns

    frank252guns New Member

    16
    0
    0
    Thanks for the info. The gun belongs to a Police officer who is now retired. He bought it new in 1965 and carried it off duty. The gun has pachmyer grips that he put on later for better grip. He does not have the original grips. Id like to find original grips to make it original. I'll bet ya they will be hard to find.
     
  4. tekarra

    tekarra New Member

    112
    0
    0
    frank,
    I hope you will post some pics after you pick it up. I like the Colt snubbies, but have not seen one with a 3" barrel.
     
  5. frank252guns

    frank252guns New Member

    16
    0
    0
    colt detective special 3 inch barrel

    This gun is in beautiful shape. In all my dealings with colts and gun shows I never saw a 3 inch barreled det special. The only gremlin is that the prior owner put on Packmyer grips. He was a big man and needed the extra length. I'd love to show the gun but I am of that generation that never had computrers until I got older. Too put in mildly I an Computer challenged. I have to have one of my sons help me with (what I call technical procedures). So as soon as he shows me how to do it I will put up some photo's.
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    13,934
    4
    0
    Bring on da noise bring on da funk

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    9,624
    1
    0
    Bring da noise, bring da funk!!
     

    Attached Files:

  8. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

    4,492
    0
    0
    .............................................................
     

    Attached Files:

  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    9,663
    4
    0
    Bring on da noise, bring on da funk!!

    Flava%2520Flav.jpg
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    21,833
    3
    0
    Bring on da noise bring on da funk

    [​IMG]
     
  11. RadioActiV

    RadioActiV New Member

    372
    2
    0
    ................
     

    Attached Files:

  12. cmhill

    cmhill New Member

    113
    0
    0
    am i missing something? whats with the multiple post of flava flave
     
  13. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    9,624
    1
    0
    The secret word was spoken!
     
  14. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

    5,132
    1
    0
    Bring on the funk