Colt’s “Dick Special” Detective Special Revolver

Back in 1927 when Colt made firearms that people wanted and could actually buy, the company rolled out a new revolver based on their popular Police Positive Model. With its slimmer frame and shorter barrel, the new revolver was called “The Detective Special”. But to us, it was just a Dick. Elliott Ness famously carried one, as did Charles Lindbergh. The Dick Special was carried by police detectives, private detectives and anyone who wanted to discreetly carry a small frame .38 revolver. Colt dropped it from their lineup in 1992, just in time for concealed carry reform to start taking hold in America.

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The Rossi Ranch Hand | WCW

A number of companies have marketed functional reproductions of the Mare’s Leg, making them the same way as the original, by cutting down Winchester rifles (most of which are now considered collectible antiques). These reproductions have the same legal restrictions as the original: a rifle may not have a barrel length less than 16 inches without obtaining a tax stamp from the ATF, in accordance with the National Firearms Act.

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