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detective special

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by swifty, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. swifty

    swifty S W Oregon Member

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    is it possible colt made a detective special in stainless, not nickle
    i have a new to me 1978 vintage as per internet list serial #S240**
    i get conflicting info from gun people who know more than me.
    the gun looks stainless but internet info says they did not make a
    stainless example in 1978.
    thank you;
    KEN "newbi to the forum"
     
  2. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Maybe check to see if it's magnetic....
     
  3. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Redneck,the nickel plating will still be magnetic with a steel gun underneath.
     
  4. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    But, is stainless magnetic?
     
  5. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeap. And stainless steel alloys are ferromagnetic, but not all to the same degree. Some may be so weak that a magnet may not stick, but should still affect a compass needle.
     
  6. 1in9twist

    1in9twist Eugene OR Member

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    I am confused, is the special dick magnetic or not? :paranoid:
     
  7. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I suspect it may have had a hardchrome finish applied, very durable finish for a carry gun.
     
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  8. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Who cares?! Can't go wrong with either stainless steel or nickel finish.
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    This or nickel as I believe colt did nickel back then
    And yes a strong magnet will pick it up.The barrel is going to be steel,the cylinder most everything under the nickel (if it's nickel) and stainless is magnetic.
     
  10. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    You should be able to tell the difference between stainless and steel with a magnet. That was my point. The magnet will stick if it is hard chrome or nickle, with stainless, it should be very light if at all. A magnet is what the scrap yards use to check, and 5 minutes ago, the stainless screws I was using were not sticking to the magnet in the driver...unless gun stainless is different....I don't have a stainless gun to check...
     
  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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  12. Browning55

    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    No stainless steel Colt detective specials in the 70's. Some nickel plated. Other post-manufacture finishes may have been applied.
     
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