Colt .38 Detective Special celebrates the Halloween spirit at NRA headquarters
Fairfax, Virginia - As the nights grow longer, temperatures drop, leaves change colors, and that bump in the night raises more than an eyebrow, odds are we're approaching the era of All Hallows' Eve. That exactly what Philip Schreier, senior curator of NRA Museums was thinking when he took his choice for this week's edition of Curator's Corner - the Colt Vampire Hunter.
"This is a one of a kind, ebony handcrafted coffin cased Colt Detective Special. It's a very unique gun."
Crafted out of sterling silver, the gun is covered in a remarkable amount of detailed engraving by Colt Master Engraver Leonard Francolini. And the bluing on the trigger and screws are something to behold.
Inside the case, along with the gun, you'll find all the regular bells and whistles ... with a few special replacements of course. The oil drum was traded in for a container of holy water, there's a wooden stake attachment for the cleaning rod, and a mirror to check for reflections.
But back to the gun.
"There are little bats featured in the flutes in a recumbent pose, but one of the features I like the best is on the muzzle.
"They say when you present a crucifix to a vampire it transfixes and freezes him. So there's one engraved on the muzzle of the gun. That helps with sight alignment when your target is perfectly still.
This particular Colt Detective Special is a .38 caliber revolver. Usually fitted with wood or plastic grips, the Vampire Hunter has a little more bang for your nosferatu hunting buck.
"The one piece ebony grips have two sterling silver bats carved into the stock, symbolizing the two successful kills."
But if you think the case is pretty cool, and the gun is nothing short of breathtaking, wait until you get to the ammo.
"There are six .38 caliber sterling silver projectiles, each hand carved by Frank Bellini. On one you can actually see the rifling on it. The rest, with their vampire faces and all, are lined up as a cross."
Though there is more, much more, we'll leave that for Phil to tell this afternoon around 6:40pm eastern time on Sportsman Channel. And you better do it fast as the days, counting four now, are tick-toc-ticking away.
Check out the Colt Vampire Hunter and the rest of the NRA National Firearms Museum collection at nramuseum.com