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Haven't been to the range since last fall so decided to bring my 3 38 Spl's and shoot up a couple hundred rounds of lead handloads. When my day passed away in 95 I inherited two of the 38's. One is a Smith and Wesson M&P (before they became Model 10's) 4" that his brother gave him and was mfg in 1956 and has a trigger from the 50's before the lawyers started designing them. The other has a lot of memories it's a Colt Police Positive Special 6" that was mfg in 1927. I remember when we went accross country in 1956 my father had it in the glove box of our 56 Pontiac. It was the only handgun I can remember him with for many years. The other 38 is a Taurus 3" that I bought in the 90's and thought it was a model eighty something but there is no model on it and a serial number search on the Taurus web site comes up with mfg date of 92 but no model #.

I started with 148 gr DEWC's loaded over 4.6 to 5.0 gr of Power Pistol. The loads were erratic in all and at 4.8 gr in the Colt I started showing pressure signs with sticky extraction and flat primers. I put the Colt away and finished with the Smith and Taurus with no problems. That load isn't even +P rated but the Colt didn't like the WC's . I then went to SWC's and got the best grouping of any with the Colt. It really surprised me as 3.2 gr of Red Dot under the 158 gr LSWC gave me a 1 1/2" at 25 yards. I now know why dad hung on to that old Colt all those years. Its a shooter. The bore is still perfect but when I got it it had rusted on the outside and had some pitting so I had it reblued. I did so because I knew I'd never sell it and wanted to see it back in decent shape.
 

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Sounds like a good time, Terry. The Colt sounds like a grand gun. :)
 

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sounds like you found a sweet load there. I like them colts as well but they sure seem to have got into collector prices nowadays but as you said its a keeper and glad to hear you are takin' her out and gettin' enjoyment out of her........

the 38 spl i think is still one versital cartridge and totally over-looked and under-rated by way too many folks today----probably the constant hunt for auto-loaders more than anything has hurt it.

but a 4 or 6" 38 can shoot circles around most of today's "combat" auto-loaders with ease......
 

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Barnaby Jones was a good show...that old man taught respect for an old .38...if we can place them...they're enough...and fun to shoot all day....
 

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Sounds like a great time at the range...

You guys have hit the nail on the head. I have always loved semi-autos in 9mm and .45acp, but, the more I shoot my GP100, the more I like the .38sp load. It is just plain fun to shoot competition with. I really think the GP is quickly becomming my favorite hand gun that I have.....
 

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I'd like to see a picture of that Colt, sounds neat.

I love shooting my speed six .38 special at the range, and my GP100. I need to buy a bunch more .38 ammo.
 

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Here the Colt. Made in 1927 and still going strong.
 

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While I was at it I also snapped a couple of my reloading bench. It forms an L and the shotshell is to the right of the metallic. Not much to look at but it's my sanctuary space.[attachment=1:1tnp2lul]DSC01361.JPG[/attachment:1tnp2lul][attachment=0:1tnp2lul]DSC01362.JPG[/attachment:1tnp2lul]
 

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Great space! Mine's not much to look at but I love it. Nice little get away. :)

That Colt is a beauty! That's a fine revolver to own and pass down! Thanks for the pics. :)
 

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Nice colt. The .38special is probably the most under-rated cartridge out there. I usually carry a .357 or a .45 but I don't feel at all inadequately armed with a .38. And they sure are fun at the range or in the woods.
 

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Terry...that Colt's sharp!! Is the Police Positive different from the Official Police or just from a different time period? It seems to be a smaller frame... Also, see if there's a model # on your Taurus inside the frame where the crane meets it...my boy's got an older Rossi Model 88 SS and that's where it is...says M88 in there...they're made in Brazil, too...back in the 70s, Taurus and Rossi were both crap...since about 85, they've been slicking up real well....I'd say they're to Smith what Smith is to Colt...real close....
 

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I have a book that gives me the serial numbers and years of MFG of all Colt Pistols and Revolvers. I have had it in my dresser for 15 years but am unable to locate it as I must have put it where I know I could find it. I did find however:

A Nixon for President button
My old ping pong paddle-last used before I left General Motors in 1981
My heavy bag boxing gloves--1992
6 glasses cases some with old glasses
Windfloaters for judging wind direction and speed while hunting
1 cuff link-I guess in case I lost an arm and wanted to dress up
7 keys that I have no idea what they are for
1 shoe string-In case.........


Glad I found the wind floaters.

The Colt is on a small frame and put a short BBL on it and it's the Detective Special. Had a chance to buy one from my old gunsmiths at a reasonable price and passed on it. Still kicking my butt. Without the book I don't know enough of the history of Colt to tell which came first. I do know mine was made in 1927 as i remember that.
 

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Terry_P said:
A Nixon for President button
AWESOME!!! My 3rd favorite President!

Wow.....my dad was never old enough to vote for Nixon.....
 

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I turned 21 in 1968 so I got to vote for him twice. Come to think of it I may vote for him this year as well.
 

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I turned 21 in 1968 so I got to vote for him twice. Come to think of it I may vote for him this year as well.
Goldwater.
 

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I love shooting .38s at the range.
+1 on that ..John... :cool: ...and they are stiil reasonable to buy..

In my 4" Tracker I keep .38+ps in it all the time... :mrgreen:
They are still like shooting a .22( well maybe a .22 mag..lol)

Hey Terry...that is a sweet gun..I love to shoot older guns when I get a chance..
And I love the "Mans Room" you have...All of us need something like that..mine is perfect(guitars , guns and fishing gear every where)..lol :mrgreen:
 
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