Colt Detective Special Double Action Revolver with Scarce 3 Inch Barrel

  • 4 Feb 2021 3:38 pm
  • Vryheid, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal


  • Condition : Good


The Colt Detective Special is a carbon steel framed double-action short-barreled revolver, and is an example of a class of firearms known to gun enthusiasts as “snubnosed”, “snubbies” or “belly-guns”. As the name “Detective Special” suggests, this model revolver was used as a concealed weapon by plainclothes police detectives.

The Detective Special was initially available in both bright blued and nickel finishes; a stainless steel finish replaced the nickeled option during the Fourth Series. For the Second Series, calibre options were .32 New Police, .38 New Police, and .38 Special; only .38 Special was offered for the other Series. The standard barrel length was 2 inches, but also a (rare) three-inch-barrel was offered during the Second and Third Series.


  • Manufacturer: Colt Model: Detective Special
  • Manufactured in 1975.
  • BBL: 3 inch round
  • Calibre: .38 Special
  • Finish: blue
  • Grips: walnut
  • Cylinder Capacity: 6
  • Engravings: Name of previous owner
  • This firearm was probably never shot.

Seller Information

Tiaan Olivier

Topsports 197c Kerk Street
Vryheid, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal
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