Post-WWI Colt Army Special Blue 5” .38 Special SPL
SA/DA Double Action Revolver, MFD 1923 C&R
lock-stock-and-barrel A+(1111)
Used Condition
FFL is required
Current Bid
Starting Bid
No Reserve!
22 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
8/6/2017 8:32 PM
Item 671848603
Location Simi Valley, CA 93065
See Item Description
No international shipments
Payment Personal Check, Visa / MasterCard, American Express, Discover, USPS Money Order, Money Order, Certified Check, See Item Description
Checkout Yes, Immediate
Cash Discount The above prices on this item reflect a 3% cash/check discount. This discount is not valid for credit card purchases. Add 3% to the total cost for credit card purchases.
Sales Tax
Seller must collect sales tax from the following states:
CA 7.25%   
Inspection/ Return Policy
30 day money back guarantee including the cost of shipping

The seller of this item assumes all responsibility for this listing. You must contact the seller to resolve any questions or concerns before placing a bid. Payment must be made using U.S. dollars ($) unless otherwise stated in the listing. Firearms may only be shipped to a licensed dealer (FFL Holder). Some listed items may not be legal in every state. Complete your purchase within the law.

Please read the Additional Terms of Sale for important listing details.

LSB#: 170320KS02

Make: Colt

Model: Army Special

Serial Number: 487517

Year of Manufacture: 1923

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: Single Action/Double Action with Swing Out Cylinder

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT”, “ARMY / SPECIAL 38”. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D. AUG. 5, 1884 JUNE 5, 1900 JULY 4, 1905.”. The crane cut and crane are marked “487517” and the crane cut is also marked “R0”. The front left of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle, and the rear with a “3”. The left sideplate is marked with a Rampant Colt logo.

Barrel Length: 6”

Sights / Optics: The revolver is mounted with a “U” groove in the top strap for a rear sight. The front sight is a half-round blade fixed to the barrel. The blade has been ground or milled to yield a flat rear face that tapers towards the front. Please see our pictures for more detail.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black hard rubber with “Colt” marked at the top of each grip in an oval and a script “C” marked around the grip screw escutcheons. The smooth borders and bottoms of the grips show a few light marks, with light wear and shallow bruises in the bottom edges of the grips. The checkering shows light even wear without mars. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are tiny spots of solid erosion scattered over the cylinder and the sides of the frame, sideplate, hammer and trigger, with pinprick surface erosion scattered over the front strap and backstrap. There is thinning on the front edge of the barrel, the edges of the frame and cylinder, and on the backstrap and front strap, with several light handling marks scattered over the surfaces. The cylinder also shows a drag line. The hammer and cylinder latch knurling shows light wear, and the ejector rod knurling is sharp. The screw heads on the right side of the frame above the front of the trigger guard is disfigured and the remainder show light marks from a screwdriver. The markings are clear and crisp. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The cylinder lockup on this revolver is SOLID on all six chambers. The double action trigger pull is smooth, and the single action crisp. The action functions correctly. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Colt Army Special was introduced with the Army in mind, and quickly came to be noted for its accuracy, winning the National Revolver Match in 1911 and establishing a new range record at Camp Perry the same year. Unfortunately, Colt was never able to interest the Army in a medium framed revolver, and changed its name to the “Official Police” in 1928 after they found that the New York Police Department, among others, were willing to adopt the revolver. This Army Special model was made in 1923 with a 5” barrel and is chambered in .38 Special. It is in about Fine condition with about 90% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright, with sharp rifling and no erosion. The cylinder lockup is SOLID on all six chambers. It is very hard to believe that this revolver is ninety years old and yet still has a very shootable bore and a better lock-up than most new revolvers out of the box. This revolver is certainly a great example of the old adage “they don’t make them like they used to”. With its smooth trigger pull, tight cylinder lockup and heavy “.41 Frame”.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible revolver CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R's and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS'd. This does not apply to out of state residents., Phone: (805) 285-0715, Fax: (805) 285-0729

The Best Place to Buy, Sell or Consign Firearms ~ We Turn Your Guns Into Cash

Photographer for Gun Digest Standard Catalog of Firearms.


Your item will be shipped within 1 week of receipt of good funds, usually the next day. You will receive an automatic notification with a tracking number upon shipment, to let you know that we have received funds. (Please obtain a tracking number from your carrier for immediate delivery confirmation of payment). If you are in Southern California, you are welcome to pick your item up and complete the transfer at our shop in Simi Valley (M-F, 8-4 and Saturday By Appointment).

This gun can only be shipped to an FFL or C&R, and it will be shipped from an FFL. Please include a copy of your C&R or your dealer’s license with payment. These can also be faxed or emailed. It is your responsibility to ensure that the gun is legal to own and receive in your area. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier.

We always combine on shipping to save you as much as we can. You can generally assume it will be full shipping charge on the first item, 1/2 on the second, 1/3 on the third, etc. Exceptions only arise when the items are going to different locations (different licenses), or when they are exceptionally large, heavy or valuable and cannot be combined.


Full payment on non-layaway items is required within 14 days. We accept Cashier's Checks, Money Orders, Cash, Personal Checks and Cards. Personal Checks are held a full week for clearance. All paper forms of payment already reflect a 3% cash discount. To pay online, please use the 'Pay Now' link at the bottom of the invoice, which will be sent after the sale. Please contact us if you would like to pay with American Express. To call and pay by phone, please wait until the afternoon on Monday after the sale. To help us properly apply your payment, please indicate what item you have purchased when your payment and/or FFL are sent. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier.

CA Sales tax applies to CA buyers (7.25%).

Layaways are offered on all items, requiring a 20% non refundable down payment within 7 days of the auction’s close and the balance within 60 days. We do not require prior notice to place an item on the layaway. No returns are accepted on layaway items and the item will be considered abandoned after 60 days. To make credit card lay away payment please contact us. All items purchased in an auction will be combined into one invoice. This invoice must be paid in full before any/all items are shipped.

Successful Bidder Instructions:

You will be invoiced by the morning following the sale. This invoice will include totals for the sale and all instructions. Please keep an eye on your spam folder and inquire to if you have not received one by morning.

If you win an item and are not willing or able to complete the sale, you are liable for 5% of the sale price.

Returns (less shipping) are accepted within 3 days of when the item is delivered with signature confirmation. Returns are accepted for material misrepresentation, non disclosed flaws, overrepresentation & damage in shipping. Sometimes we miss, overlook or confuse things and we promise to make it right as best we can when we do. It is our goal to resolve return issues to keep all parties satisfied with their dealings (look at our feedback). Our return policy is not designed for folks who have just changed their mind or who did not fully read the description. Returns are very costly for both the buyer and for us, so please ask all of your questions before bidding and please be sure you can legally purchase this item. Thank You!

Please leave feedback when the gun is happily received, this tells us that you have happily received your item. If you are not satisfied, for any reason, please contact us before leaving negative or neutral feedback. Our only goal is to make sure your are happy with your purchase.

No gun should be fired without being examined by a competent gunsmith.

Mfg Part Number