Colt Detective Special

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The Colt Detective Special is a carbon steel framed double-action short-barreled revolver, and is an example of a class of firearms known to gun enthusiasts as "snubnosed", "snubbies", or "belly guns". As the name "Detective Special" suggests, this model revolver was used as a concealed weapon by plainclothes police detectives. Introduced in 1927, the Detective Special was one of the first short-barreled revolvers produced with a modern swing-out frame. It was designed from the outset to be chambered for higher-powered cartridges such as the .38 Special, considered to be a powerful caliber for a concealable pocket revolver of the day.

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How much is a Colt Detective Special worth?

In 2023 a new or used Colt Detective Special value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Colt Detective Special and most revolvers. The Price for a Colt Detective Special has decreased in cost by $183.82 in 2023 compared to 2022.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Colt Detective Special Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $812.25 $1,062.17 $1,249.61
Excellent $749.77 $999.69 $1,124.65
Very Good $687.29 $999.69 $1,124.65
Good $624.81 $937.21 $1,062.17
Fair $437.36 $812.25 $999.69
Poor $312.40 $624.81 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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