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Revised: 9/12/2011 

CORRECTION: Correct Serial number is 337309

*EXTREMELY RARE COLT NEW SERVICE “FITZ SPECIAL” DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 337309. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue finish with bbl shortened to 2″ and the orig front sight relocated. Top strap is grooved for the rear sight. The front of trigger guard has been professionally removed and the remaining end of trigger guard rounded & smoothed. Hammer has been bobbed by having the spur entirely removed. In addition the grip has been shortened and rounded and currently sports full checkered silver medallion Colt grips. Left side of the toe of grip frame, under the grip, has the assembly number “323” which number is also found on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod. Trigger is checkered. The grip locator pin was relocated during the alteration to the center of the back strap as was necessitated when the bottom of grip frame was removed. J.H. Fitzgerald was a Colt employee from 1918 through 1944 and became one of Colt’s most flamboyant personages. He was a larger than life character physically as well as in gun knowledge. Being a large man with commensurately large hands and wishing to have a readily concealable side arm he altered a pair of New Service revolvers for himself which were identically altered as is this revolver. His alterations became so popular that eventually Colt took notice and decided to introduce the Detective Special with short bbl & rounded butt. Today Fitz Specials are extremely rare and highly sought after collector’s items that can also be effectively carried & used. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt authority, researcher & author, R.L. Wilson, which details some of the above information. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its fine factory style Colt finish, probably finished at Colt with only very slight, very faint, sharp edge wear and some minor dulling to the grip frame. Grips are crisp showing very minor diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired since alteration. 4-42070 JR96 (9,000-12,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2011
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