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Army Special
« on: July 21, 2022, 09:48:42 PM »
Picked this up off GB last week.  Nice shooter with my handloads, very tight, I don't think it's been shot much.  1925, pretty sure it's factory nickel, waiting on a Colt Letter.  Wear pattern on the butt makes me think it's spent a lot of time in a full flap holster with some rub wear, maybe a motorcycle cop?

Good private purchase for an officer in the tropics?
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2022, 11:11:21 PM »
Terrible shooting there Drydock, I don’t see any holes in your target, nice Colt though. I have a blue one.
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2022, 04:26:23 AM »
I like it,,, they are cool.
 mine is a Police Positive, was the duty gun for Officer Bill Stackhouse, Cincinati PD Motor Patrol.
The photo is about 1931, the gun letters to 1919.
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2022, 06:16:18 AM »
Picked this up off GB last week.  Nice shooter with my handloads, very tight, I don't think it's been shot much.  1925, pretty sure it's factory nickel, waiting on a Colt Letter.  Wear pattern on the butt makes me think it's spent a lot of time in a full flap holster with some rub wear, maybe a motorcycle cop?

Good private purchase for an officer in the tropics?
The way the butt is dinged up I'd say it was just a hip holster.  Most police guns (including mine) have that same dinged up right side of the butt.  Of course, wearing it all the time you run it into stuff constantly, even stuff like chair arms.  Nice pistol!
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2022, 06:40:09 AM »
You can't see it, but the nickel is worn through for around 1.5 " in the middle of the backstrap, and no where else.  Both grips show the same wear.
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2022, 07:05:07 AM »
If they could talk! 
 Part of the pleasure of stewardship (ownership) is the back story, at least for me.

Colt & S&W Letters are great source, family lore concerning the heirlooms " Grandfather's prized possession or maybe a military BRING BACK form handed down etc.,

 If we do our homework, we can help them talk.
I'm looking forwarded to what your gun's letter states  :)

 
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2022, 07:38:09 AM »
Very nice.

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Re: Army Special
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2022, 12:15:49 PM »
You can't see it, but the nickel is worn through for around 1.5 " in the middle of the backstrap, and no where else.  Both grips show the same wear.
You're probably correct, then.  Nice gun!
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2022, 12:35:20 PM »
Will be fun to see this persona come together!
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2022, 11:19:56 AM »
FWIW Dept:  Ordered a set of "Magna-Tusk" aged ivory grips listed for the current Python, (Arizona Custom Grips on E-bay) and they go right on, no fitting needed.

Colt (nor anyone else) cannot make two SAA grip frames the same, but the Medium frame DAs are identical from 1908 to now.  Go figger.
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2022, 01:20:19 PM »
Maybe they just try harder on those.  The variations in SAA grip frames has always frustrated me to no end!
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Re: Army Special
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2022, 05:55:59 PM »
Good catch!  Very nice old army special.  The older double actions Colts are revolvers I have a fondness for.  There are two in pic that are police positive specials with the one dating to 1913.  Finish is worn on both but bores and actions are in really good shape.  Both shoot better than I can!!

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Re: Army Special
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2022, 02:32:54 PM »
Great find hopefully I will get to a muster so we can compare.
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