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Old 11-25-2006, 08:56 AM   #1
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Colt Official Police .38 DOB 1944

Found this old Colt Official Police at a gun show in Fort Walton Beach, FL this past month, finally got it to the range. The trigger was as smooth as silk, nice even pull. At 50ft was hitting a 9" paper plate every time, not bad considering me and this old Colt are the same age, and especially so for using plain ole CCI Blazer 158gr ammo, I was impressed. Just wanted to share.







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Old 11-25-2006, 09:07 AM   #2
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Nice find, papabear. Clean ones like the one you have here are definitely getter harder to find. As the old cliche goes, they don't make 'em like that any more!



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Old 11-25-2006, 11:03 AM   #3
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That is an old beauty for sure. I looked for over two years for a 4" Python and couldn't find one I could afford. I sure would have not passed up COP .38 as nice as yours. Good luck with it.
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Thanks for the nice photo which shows off your Official Police to best advantage. I like the "oldies" like your revolver far better than the latest and greatest high-tech semi-auto.
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Wow, you just don't see them in that condition. Really nice.
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Hi papabear,



What a wonderful revolver!



Your Official Police is a very nice revolver and I agree with bmcgilvray that it is indeed more appealing than the latest and greatest semi auto!



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Old 11-27-2006, 11:56 PM   #7
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Yes, I too have an affection for old Colts and Smiths and have a bunch of them. For a century they armed the "thin blue line" and nobody thought that they were handicapped by carrying them. And their quality of workmanship and finish is seldom seen today. Most fortunately, there is very little collector interest in them (so far) and nice ones can be had for very reasonable prices.



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A very nice old Colt! Shooting these makes you realize why so many of them were in police holsters in the 20's-50's....

I have owned two: A minty 1954 era 4-inch that persisted in misfiring on one chamber, and no-one I took it to could cure...made the mistake of trading that one off. The other OP is a really nice 6-inch: a former Maine State Guard gun with a 1941 DOB that I picked up for peanuts "...because no one wants .38's, they all want .357s." I don't have pics of either of those on file, unfortunately.

OP's of that era are wonderfully regulated to 158-160 grain loads of standard velocity. My six incher shoots to the sights perfectly with those loads. It's on permanent loan now to my son, as a house gun. I'd buy another in a second, if it was as good as YOURS!
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Hey Slabsides;



What a weird malady for a revolver to have. That's one I've never heard of. I can't reason that one out in my head.



I've been looking over 6-inch Official Police revolvers at gun shows for about a year. Looks like some good .38 shootin' there for little cash outlay. Seems that no one wants them. I keep telling myself to hold out for an Officer's Model.
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Thanks for your comment on my OP. Like bmcgilvary said, I have never head of one chamber not firing either, I have heard of one chamber being a flier, ie., when firing from a rest, one chamber shoots outside the group of the other chambers. Maybe someone here can elaborate on one chamber not firing.



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