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Old 11-30-2012, 05:56 PM
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1956 Colt Detective Special - too nice to carry?




Hi,
I just recently bought a 1956 Detective Special, probably 95% or better condition. At first I wasn't going to carry it, but now I'm having second thoughts. I know there are those who are going to tell me there are better choices for carry, too heavy for what it is, weak caliber, exposed hammer, & on & on. I do have other choices & would alternate this with others from time to time.
What would you do? I pretty much have my mind made up anyway, but just wanted to hear from others. I paid alot for this gun, but after looking on Gunbroker at similar pieces, it wasn't too much different than some others.
I figure life is too short to worry about preserving it for future generations.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:57 PM
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You paid a lot of money for it so enjoy it. I would carry it but not every day of course.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:58 PM
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You bought it to enjoy. If you want to carry it, I say go for it. I'm down to one unfired gun (model 66) and that will probably be sold soon. I decided if I wouldn't shoot and use a gun that I didn't need it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:59 PM
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I used to carry a nickeled one in a shoulder rig under my uniform shirt when I was an LEO. Nice piece. Wish I had it back.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:17 PM
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Nice gun, they make an excellent carry piece.

I have two of them. These guns are made for carry use. With the old FBI load hollow points loaded up in it you will be well served. I carried my late model Detective special for a long time. Then I picked up a Colt Cobra which is essentially the same gun in a light weight alloy frame. I carry it quite a bit.

Good luck.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:24 PM
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What would the FBI load be?
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:17 PM
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What would the FBI load be?
The load is a 158gr lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoint (LSWHP) +P.

That would be the "street" load. Practice with regular .38 Special. I carry the same load in my 3rd Gen nickel.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:07 AM
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You have my permission to go ahead and use it. Enjoy!
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:57 AM
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I wouldn't hesitate to carry it, especially with the FBI load.
Buffalo Bore, Winchester, Federal & I think Remington still make versions of it. Buffalo Bore would be my favorite of these, but I would carry any of them and not worry about it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:51 AM
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Greg,

The Detective Special was a really great gun 70 years ago.
Nothing's changed.
Have at it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:04 AM
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I have Colt Cobra early 1970s vintage. It is a great revolver, but I stopped carrying it several years ago, because of other options. Colt revolvers continue to appreciate in value. If the revolver has all of the paperwork and box, it is even more valuable.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:37 AM
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I carry my newish '69 Cobra, but the barrel finish isn't perfect. The frame finish has some tiny nicks but is an awesome looking coating. Tough choice on yours.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:54 AM
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Carry it. Have it reblued when it gets funky. Don't abuse it with a lot of 110-125 gr. flame thrower loads. Use 140-158 gr. loads. Those are very cool guns. We probably will never see guns made with that level of quality again. Don't let anybody work on the action unless they're at least 60 years old. Colt actions are completely different from S&W actions and they are very easy to mess up if you don't know exactly how it works and most of those guys are retired or gone. I would shoot it as much as I wanted to. It wants to go to the range. It NEEDS to go to the range. No "queens" in my safe.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:23 PM
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I won't carry mine. If used for its intended purpose my guess is I'd never get it back. Or if I did it probably would be in crappy shape. I have other guns to carry that I can part with if need be.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:31 PM
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I would carry it without reservation. But if you ever have to use it in a legal shooting, it will likely be in evidence for some time and returned in lesser condition than you relinquished it in. Additionally, it might get "lost". I would just keep that in mind.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:43 AM
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Clean it, put it in the safe and enjoy it every once in awhile...
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:03 AM
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The load is a 158gr lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoint (LSWHP) +P.
Good luck finding any for a reasonable price! If you know a good source, PLEASE pm me!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:32 PM
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That was built with one thing in mind. To be carried and possibly used to save your life one day.

I would use it for it's intended purpose.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:01 PM
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Thanks for all the replies and just thought I would reply with an update. I put about 40 or so rounds thru it right before Christmas & carried it Sat night to the mall. Love the gun, & will probably carry it once in a while.
Also looking to purchase a nickel S&W Model 36 no dash that a fellow is holding for me when I get the funds to purchase. Looks brand new.
Have some BB 158 gr SWC on order for both guns.
Nothing will ever totally replace my Kimber Pro Carry, but it's nice to have options.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:59 AM
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Everyone needs a BBQ gun. Carry it now and then. Enjoy.
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