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Colt Official Police acquisition

#1 Post by Checkman » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:06 pm

Couple days ago I picked up a post - war (WW 2) Colt Official Police. This one has a six inch barrel. Serial number gives it a DOB in 1947. It was priced at $500.00 (before taxes) and I did not hesitate.

For a few years after the war (actually it started during the war when Colt was making the Commando revolver) Colt put plastic grips on their handguns which they euphemistically called "Colt Wood". It appears that the one on mine are actually wartime plastic grips. People hated the grips and threw them away by the ton. As a result they aren't very easy to find anymore. I've taken them off because plastic gets brittle, but I am keeping them. So I now have three Official Police models (the 5" model is actually chambered for 38-200) and a pre-war Officer Model with 6" heavy barrel. I feel like I should be in a Bogart movie.

For those who are wondering yes I do take them to the range and shoot them occasionally, but not all the time. I actually like to collect older handguns, but I don't see the need to run 15,000 rounds a year through them. I have a couple newer GP-100 revolvers and a Glock 19 for that type of shooting. Well anyway here is my newest addition and a look at my modest OP and OM collection.

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#2 Post by Eris » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:10 pm

Very nice!
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#3 Post by Marlene » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:04 pm

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#4 Post by Bucolic » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:50 am

Nice collection!
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#5 Post by SailDesign » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:24 am

Nice! I love my little Police Positive, but will have to find replacement grips. I have the Art Deco style originals (1919) and would hate to damage them.
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#6 Post by Hiker » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:37 am

Very nice collection!!!

I found an Official Police 4 inch 38 special, in a pawn shop a few months ago. DOB 1933. I absolutely love it. Apparently it was sent to King Gun Smithing in California and was heavily upgraded. I didn't know any of that when I bought it. I just wanted an old Colt revolver to make up for my Grandfather's Police Positive I was supposed to inherit, but somehow didn't.
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#7 Post by CDFingers » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:44 am

Really nice addition, and a nice collection.

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#8 Post by Buck13 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:11 pm

Nice. The finger-groove grips look good.
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#9 Post by Pantechnicon » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:20 pm

Great find. I love that 6” barrel. I inherited a 1964 OP 4” from my Granddad which had only been fired twice. I’ve since put maybe 300 rounds through it. I’m probably going to give it to my daughter when she turns 21.


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#10 Post by highdesert » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:30 pm

Great collection! The new Colt Official Police was a steal. Happy shooting.
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#11 Post by Checkman » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:17 pm

Thanks. I like the Official Police and it is probably one of the best Colt models to collect if finances are an issue. They usually tend to be in pretty good condition as well since most folks just fired standard 38 Special through them. Older 357 magnums can be pretty loose because people feel the need to fire full power loads through them all the time.
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