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Colt Detective Special

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The quintessential revolver of classic film noir detectives. John Popp and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier present the Colt Detective Special on Curator's Corner to honor November Film Noir month. Originally introduced in 1927, this six-shot revolver was produced in both .32 and .38 caliber models. Earlier versions had wooden grips, such as walnut, though plastic was introduced later in the production cycle during which nearly a million and a half of them were manufactured. These guns were carried by film noir greats from Bogart to Mitchum, and they can now be seen on display at the National Firearms Museum. Originally aried on 11/5/2009.

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