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09-02-09, 12:27 AM #1
New to Me. Colt Trooper.357 mag, Pre MkIII
For years I've had exactly two Colts. A 3rd generation Colt DS made in 1974 and a Colt Official Police made in the 1950's. Great revolvers but I resigned myself to thinking I would never get any others. I figured Colts were just "too expensive" and too rare.
During that same time period I've had various Smith & Wessons, GLOCKS, a Browning Hi-Power, Sigs, Rugers, and even a Taurus and a Rossi come in and out of my safe. And during all those years I've thought about picking up some of my favorite classic handguns like a Colt .357 magnum, Python, New Service etc. I've also longed for a Webley Mk VI, P08 Parabellum (Luger), Mauser C96 and even a Manurhin MR73. But just figured the Colts and other handguns were just "too expensive". In the case of the MR 73 I figured I had a better chance of ice skating in Hell.
Well as you've probably figured out I realized that I had spent alot of money on many handguns that really didn't interest me. If I had just excercised a little more restraint I might have owned some of my "holy grails". So in the past couple years I've been ruthlessly purging my safe in order to get the models that I really want. In some case I've been trading two and even three models for one that I was really interested in. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to make it work I guess.
The result? Well my safe is roomier and I now own a Webley MkVI, a Colt Combat Commander (mfd. 1973), a Luger P-08, an MR73 and yesterday I came across a Colt Trooper .357 Magnum with a 4" barrel. The serial number gives a date of birth sometime in 1967 so it was at the tail end of the models production. It has the Python hammer and the Python target grips on it. It's in excellent shape.
I don't believe it's been fired all that often. Actually I'm thinking it was last fired a couple decades ago - if not longer. I'm very pleased with my find.No it dosen't have that amazing Python finish, but it does have that incredible Colt action. In case you're curious I traded a Sig P245 and a S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece. Oh well so it goes. I got the Colt though.
It's time to slow down though. I'm really truely tapped out on the guns that I'm willing to part with now. The older ones that I still own are ones that I really like and don't want to get rid of.
I wonder though. If I was to trade in my department issued Glock 19 I wonder if anyone would notice that I was carrying a Luger in the holster?
I'll post photos later.
09-02-09, 12:56 AM #2I'll post photos later
How did you like that sig 245? I never really liked sigs much but that one always interested me (though I haven't fired one)'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
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09-02-09, 12:59 AM #3
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09-02-09, 05:03 AM #4
Nice find. If you ever want that 'empty wallet' feeling again: pick up a 1940's made Colt Commando 38 (good buy iif under $400), consider the condition and add it to the collection. They were mostly found in parkerized finissh, WW2 made and not many of them . These were surplus about 3 years ago for under $200 and many were like new. Some were surplus after WW2 went to police depts and collected the "issue gun" markings and wear.
Police marked guns are a whole other direction to take your interest and money. Still searchnig for that RNWMP New Service in 45 Colt or 455 Eley........... Saw a NY State Troopers marked 45 New Service last month but too much $$$Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.-- Anonymous
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09-02-09, 01:05 PM #5
I thought hard about letting it go because I had to drive twenty-five miles back to my house and then another twenty-five mile back to the gunstore where the Colt was. Lots of time to think about what I was doing. But truth was I had only shot it once since I switched to the GLOCK 19 three years ago. I wasn't shooting it and it was spending alot of time just sitting in my safe - not even being handled all that much. I couldn't remember how long it had been since I broke it down for just a routine cleaning.
Anyway it's a good model. Sig stopped making the P245 about four years ago so if you find one you might want to get it. My guess is the shop where I traded will probably put a $600.00 price tag on it. The owner seemed real interested in the fact that I bought mine brand new in 2000.
09-02-09, 01:11 PM #6
I would like to pick up a 1st or second generation Detective Special. Oh it never stops does it.
09-03-09, 12:30 AM #7
Colt revolvers are my soft point. I love me a good Colt wheel gun more than any other.
My "stable" is a 1907 Police Positive
A 1912 Army Special
A 1970's Diamondback
A 1976 Detective Special, which I carried every day as an off duty gun for 3 years before deciding that I didn't want the humid Virginia summer to rust it
And a mint condition Lawman from the 1970's.
I'd love to add a Trooper. Please post pics and share the beautyThe world would be much cleaner if blind people carried brooms instead of sticks.
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09-03-09, 11:00 AM #8
Okay here you go. As you can see it doesn't have the finish of a Python, but it's rust free. The internals were perfect, but dry. They needed lubrication. But once I did that the action is perfect. I really don'tt hink it's been fired in a couple decades at least. As you can see the grips (which are correct) are in very good condition as well. I suspect this guy spent most ofhis time sitting in a safe somewhere. Timing is correct and there is no endshake.
Last edited by Checkman; 09-03-09 at 11:48 AM. Reason: adding photo
09-03-09, 06:21 PM #9
Very nice CheckmanArm the sheep!
09-03-09, 10:42 PM #10
Thank you Pinki. as I get older I find myself becoming more and more "old school" when given a choice.
09-04-09, 02:07 AM #11
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09-04-09, 02:33 AM #12
I still to this day consider the Trooper Mk III I owned as one of the finest handguns I've ever burnt powder in. (Even better than the Python or King Cobra I had). Congratulations on a great find.
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