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Have any of you owned a Colt Official Police 22 revolver? I have the option to buy a 6” barrel version in excellent condition. It’s mid 60’s production. What are some opinions on this revolver?
 

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Congrats on your possibility. Any of the older Colts in 90%+ NRA condition would be a great catch. Also, prices have gone nuts on the Snake Colts from the 1950 to when production stopped. A 22 LR would have its own following.
Makes me really regret selling a 1911 Colt 45acp that only cost $190 at the time....1972. Or the many Pythons I passed on when I was an FFL. Jeez, who would thought a $300 Python would go for $2300+ now.

Might also check the Blue Book for ball park price ranges.........btw, if with original box and papers....very choice.
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Congrats on your possibility. Any of the older Colts in 90%+ NRA condition would be a great catch. Also, prices have gone nuts on the Snake Colts from the 1950 to when production stopped. A 22 LR would have its own following.
Makes me really regret selling a 1911 Colt 45acp that only cost $190 at the time....1972. Or the many Pythons I passed on when I was an FFL. Jeez, who would thought a $300 Python would go for $2300+ now.

Might also check the Blue Book for ball park price ranges.........btw, if with original box and papers....very choice.
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No box or papers, and minus the original grips. It does have the rare hard chrome finish though. Original grips are easy to find online.
 

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If the Nickel finish really flawless, it would still be a great buy.
Nickel pistols look like a million dollars........until they get scratched.
Then it's like a pretty girl with a big herpes cold sore....gag
 

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If the Nickel finish really flawless, it would still be a great buy.
Nickel pistols look like a million dollars........until they get scratched.
Then it's like a pretty girl with a big herpes cold sore....gag
It has the hard chrome finish which is pretty rare. Hard chrome is much tougher than nickel, and very rust resistant. I’ve got a Tokarev that’s hard chromed and it’s an extremely hard finish. I’m gonna check it out Wednesday and I’ll report back.
 

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I picked it up Wednesday, and it’s beautiful! @Tanlover442- you are right, it’s nickel plated. Previous owner said it was chrome, but he was mistaken. Anyway, I shot it a few times and the mainspring broke! It’s dated 1951 by the serial, so I’m not upset. I’ve ordered a new mainspring along with a set of original grips
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That’s a very nice looking revolver.

Congratulations on getting a nice vintage shooter.


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Turns out from the serial number it’s 1951 production. Found a new production mainspring from Numrich. These Colts are way different from Ruger or S&W to work on, but I’m only replacing a spring. These revolvers are pretty complex.
 

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Numrich has saved the day more than once for me. Yup, those Pachmayr Presentations don't look right on that piece
 

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Found a set of original grips, and they’re pricey! Was getting light strikes double action, so I sent it to an old school gunsmith in South Carolina. He worked his magic on the action, and it’s now working 100%. He also told me that the finish is definitely hard chrome, and was likely done when the gun was brand new, possibly for someone with $$. He recommended that I get a letter from Colt to find its history.
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