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Old 01-05-2017, 07:32 PM   #1
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Colt Detective Special

I picked this one up back in 1990. I didn't need another 38 special but a fellow at work needed $ 200 like right now and asked me to be his pawn broker. We agreed that if the loan wasn't repaid in six months I would keep the gun. He wasn't into guns so he told me to just keep it. It was my edc prior to switching to a Model 10-7. I cant believe what these are selling for now. Here's a couple of pics. Rich.

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Old 01-06-2017, 03:24 AM   #2
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Those are fine revolvers. I think you would do well in the pawn business.

That's a nice example of a great every day carry gun. If I remember correctly, it will take the model 10 speed loaders too!.
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:49 AM   #3
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My first gun "purchase" was a Detective special, great gun!
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Old 01-06-2017, 08:37 AM   #4
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My first gun "purchase" was a Detective special, great gun!
I got close, sort of. My first gun purchase was a snub Ruger Speed-Six in .38. A Colt DS was in the case, but pretty worn and $25 more. I passed on it, and that became the start of a long list of Rugers.

I wonder what percentage of people had a snub revolver as a first gun? I've known several.

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Old 01-06-2017, 09:09 AM   #5
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With you on the Model 10. A few years, back, bought one of the current production S&W Classic series Model 10 and, have to say, it was a joy to shoot. One I should have kept, but this time around, I'll try to find a pre lock 10.

Can't say I'm in that percentage that had a snubbie as a first carry gun. For me, carrying has been mostly about woods guns and in that category, I've actually carried Ruger single actions more than anything else.
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:12 AM   #6
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I had a chance to get a NIB stainless Det Spl in the late 90's from a gunsmith I did business with (before cancer got him) for $ 300. Passed and have kicked myself every since.

That is a fine looking snub.
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Old 01-06-2017, 12:28 PM   #7
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very nice...........
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Old 01-06-2017, 01:50 PM   #8
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I'm pretty sure that's what Barney Fife carried in the later episodes, after he moved to Raleigh and made Detective.
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Old 01-06-2017, 02:32 PM   #9
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Private Eye Joe Mannix carried one.
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