Colt Police Positive Special: Al Capone’s Favorite Pistol

The Cole Police Positive was not only a favorite with beat cops, but also happened to be the revolver of choice for Al Capone himself! In this episode of TFB TV, Patrick takes his 1937 Police Positive Special out to the range and turns the clock back a bit. With a lightweight yet sturdy frame, it isn’t hard to see why the Police Positive Special was so popular.

Introduced in 1907 and revised for longer cartridges in 1908, the Police Positive was produced until 1947 and served cops well into the late 60’s. The distinctive pull cylinder release and the clockwise rotation of the cylinder was said to provide a slightly tighter lockup making the pistol more accurate than other on the market at the time.

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  • Jeff Smith

    Great video! I picked mine up for $199 at a local gun shop. If memory serves, it’s a 1963 production gun. The finish is rough, but it’s mechanically excellent.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Dude, did you split that card?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      No. It was stock footage from the internet. /sarcasm

      Yes. I keep playing cards in my range bag for fun. Always fun to do a walk back with playing cards when on the range with friends.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Haha, tricky bastard.
        My brothers film school had a basement firing range where they did ultra slow motion photography. I’ve seen it done, takes a lot of prep.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          Slow motion photography, sure. Splitting a card? Not so much. Just gotta line yourself up just right and aim at the tiny line.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            You’re a better shot than me brother.
            Keep doing your thing.
            I love the site.

  • Mrl

    Jeff,1963? Production on this model ended in 1947 as per the article.

    • 1947 may have marked the death of the short cylinder Police Positive, but not the longer cylinder Police Positive Special. The Police Positive Special lasted until 1976, with a brief final run in 1994.

      • Mrl

        Thanks for that information. See, you learn something new every day!

      • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

        Thanks Daniel!

  • Edeco

    This is a Colt Official Popo 😀 It, erm, was favored by cops roaming around crummy neighborhoods in Chicago. The trigger window is more heart-shaped.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Nice! I’d like to have seen you do some shooting using the hip/point shooting style of the day. It looked like it wanted to slip in your hand during that last segment of one-hand shooting. Was that much of a problem?

  • Dougscamo

    Patrick, for a pistol shooter you sure liked you were having fun with that revolver… 🙂 ….
    They are a hoot aren’t they?….