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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - June 2012
Colt Super .38 - Serial Number 36864
Pre-War/Post-War Variation

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - Pistol is in the pre-WWII serial number range and has pre-war blue finish with some post WWII surplus parts.  Unlike the pre-WWII mainspring housing which was checkered and had no lanyard loop, the mainspring housing on this pistol is grooved with lanyard loop.  Trigger is also stamped (not milled) and the slide stop is also grooved.  Stocks are late WWII brown plastic with wide reinforcing rings around the grip screws.  Magazine is fill blued.  Factory letter is forthcoming.

Serial number 36864 was one of five guns shipped to J.L. Galef and Son, Inc., 75 Chambers Street, New York, NY on October 29, 1946.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - left side

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - showing late trigger, stocks, mainspring housing with lanyard loop, and slide stop.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - photos showing grooved slide stop.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - photo showing grooved mainspring housing with lanyard loop.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - rear view of slide, frame and pre-war hammer.

Colt Super .38 Hole in Frame (next to disconnector) for Swartz Safety - while the areas for this safety have been milled, parts for this safety device are typically not found in Pre-war/Post-war variations.

Colt Super .38 Hole in Slide (rectangular hole at 12:00 position) for Swartz Safety - while the areas for this safety have been milled, parts for this safety device are typically not found in Pre-war/Post-war variations.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - showing muzzle area.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - showing underside of frame and front grip strap.

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - right side view

Pre-war/Post-war Colt Super .38 serial number 36864 - magazine markings 'COLT SUPER 38 AUTO." and lanyard loop at base of mainspring housing.

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