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Model Detective Special
Colt Revolver Detective Special .32 S&W Long Variant-2
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:6.75-in Height:No Data
Barrel:2-in Weight:21-oz
Variant 2 of 2
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (98 grain bullet)61642
  • Recoil Factor (98 grain bullet)1.24 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor44%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1955 - 1965
Caliber:.32 S&W Long
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Frame:nickel finish steel
Sights:fixed blade and notch
Notes:second issue
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:No DataUsed Est:$1,620.00
Last Update:8/27/2023
About the Gun

Colt's Detective Special is considered the first "snubnose" revolver and was intended to be a concealed weapon used by plainclothes police detectives. It was the first short-barreled revolver produced with a modern swing-out frame. Between 1927 and 1993 the gun was produced in four variations, or "issues" that incorporated changes in the frame dimension, sight type, barrel shroud and grip. While the Detective Special was produced primarily for the .38 Special cartridge the "second issue" variant was also chambered for the .32 S&W long (AKA .32 Colt New Police).

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .32 S&W Long
Alias: .32 Smith & Wesson Long
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:98 grains
MV:629 ft/sec ME:86 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

This cartridge was developed for the Smith & Wesson First Model solid-frame hand-ejector revolver. The cartridge is known for its high accuracy and light recoil. It is considered by many as the smallest revolver cartridge deemed adequate for defense use.

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