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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