A year or so ago I bought a Third Issue Detective Special at a local gun store. It was in nice condition, with few marks. It was, I thought, too nice to carry and shoot much, so I sold it.
Unfortunately, I'd forgotten my wife had liked it and had asked me at the time "Don't sell this one. I'll take it if you don't want it." About a month ago, she asked, "Whatever happened to that revolver I liked?" Hmm.
Fast forward to recently when I found this on GB with pictures poor enough to guarantee it would be overlooked, and no description at all beyond the bare bones brand and model. I hit the "Buy it Now" button and received, as far as I can see, a completely unmarked Third Issue Colt Detective Special. It has been fired, but not carried, and best of all, no one has monkeyed with the side plate. Timing's great, better than "acceptable." There was a lot of luck involved here.