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Colt Police Positive Special 38 Special, ~$300

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If you like history, the Colt Police Positive Special is a cool gun. This revolver appeared original in all respects and has been operating since 1933. One of our raters writes for American Gunsmith, a sister publication to Gun Tests, and he inspected the revolver. He believed all springs and parts in this wheelgun were original. As it turns out, research conducted after our shoot-out shows that the grip design was criticized even back in the day. Recoil was a problem, with the revolver squirming in the hand. Accuracy was less than the other handguns. This is a handgun best left in the showcase.

Colt Police Positive Special 38 Special, ~$300

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Even though it showed serious finish loss, the Colt was not corroded, which means it had a least received a wipe down from time to time. The old Colt was well worn, but tight.
The Colt thumb-rest grips shown protruding upward were okay because all of the raters were right handed. We'd advise lefties to check this particular grip for comfort before buying.
It is a tribute to Colt that the PPS revolver is still going after 83 years of service. The Colt gave good results off the barricade, but its greatest problem was recoil due to its skinny grips and light weight.

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