Colt Detective Special 6-Shot Nickel .38 Spl Double Action Revolver, 1976

SOLD FOR: $1,501.99

WOA#: WY240213MC006

Make: Colt

Model: Detective Special

Serial Number: 06939M

Year of Manufacture: 1976 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: 6-Shot DA/SA Double Action Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “DETECTIVE SPEC. / .38 SPECIAL CTG.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A.”. The side plate is marked with a rampant colt. The crane flat is marked with serial number, “06939M” and “A”. The crane is marked with the serial number, “06939M”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle, the rear is marked “7”.

Barrel Length: 2”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade running the length of the barrel that is integral to it. The rear sight is a square-notch integral to the topstrap. There is a groove along the length of the topstrap with serrated edges for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut which swell slightly toward the top of each panel. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Nickel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 99% of its metal finish. This revolver displays no operation wear. There is no turn line.  The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Like New condition.

Mechanics: The action function correctly. The double action is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder locks up with no play on each chamber when the trigger is depressed. We did not fire this revolver. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This revolver comes in a faux-wood cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual.

Our Assessment: The Detective Special has been very popular with law enforcement and civilians who carried a concealed revolver as it allowed for a 6-shot revolver in the same frame size as other revolvers which only offered a 5-round capacity. This example is a 3rd Issue made in 1976 with a shrouded ejector rod in Like New condition with no operation wear whatsoever. While this Detective Special would still make a great carry revolver, it would also make a neat piece for a Colt collector, especially with its attractive nickel finish. Please see our photos and good luck! –  L.S.

Colt Detective Special 6-Shot Nickel .38 Spl Double Action Revolver, 1976
Colt Detective Special 6-Shot Nickel .38 Spl Double Action Revolver, 1976