One of the first of the third series Colt detective spl's... The shrouded ejector rod being the major change in the third series.. The revolver era was alive and well in the seventies, and both Colt and Smith made snub nose revolvers for detectives, or any staff working out of uniform.. Smiths chiefs model out sold Colts "dic spl" by huge numbers, with agencie cost being the prime factor..
Both are great carry pieces, Smith gets the nood for DA smothness, but the over all fit and finnish of the Colt is obvious when compared side by side.. The big advantage of the Colt is the six round to five, but of course that makes it a heavier piece as well..
This particular gun was a NIB trade for cash by the widow of an LA detective..The dealer i've metioned in other posts (Grand & 75th PHX) had just taken it in from the widow who stated her husband had purchased it as a retirement present, and didn't believe her husbad had ever shot it..The condition suports this, and we all know that generation had a tendency to tell the truth, so guessing thats a fact.. Really can't remember what i payed for it, but i do remember it being a great buy..
This is my darln's bed side piece, and to borrow Mr T's expression, i "pitty the fool" who makes her use it.. Ok i don't, but i am pretty confident that all six rounds will hit center mass..
On an unrelated note.. we've got snow.. guessing down to about six inches from the earlier nine plus.. Sure it will be close to spring temperature tomorrow, and that means big time storms for those east of us..