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Old October 19, 2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Colt Trooper 357 magnum

I was tempted by one today with a 4" barrel. The seller wanted $429, I offered $275 because there was major bluing issues, I would rate its condition at 80-85%.
It did appear to have the original grips that appeared to be in good condition with silver Colt medallions.
The lock up was tight, further inspection didn't happen as the seller would not go below $350. So I walked
Should I go back with a offer of $300 or just forget about it ?

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Old October 19, 2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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I think I answered your question over at that other place.

You are talking about a Trooper manufactured after 1962 in 357 caliber (Blue Book says 1961 when the 3-5-7 Mag model was discontinued) and prior to the introduction of the Trooper Mark III. I would offer $400 if it is an original Trooper. I passed on one that was as new in 357 magnum that the seller was asking a firm $650 with pachmayr stocks. I offered $500 on that one.

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Old October 20, 2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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With all do respect 22-rimfire demographics play a big part in the value of such things. The seller could put this item on Gun Broker but that would add additional costs, perhaps 50-75 dollars for shipping and transfer fees.
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Old October 20, 2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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To add clarity to this thread;
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=681879
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Old October 20, 2012, 12:42 AM   #5
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You're right. My $400 may be a tad high since they were asking $429. Prices do vary from area to area. I would have taken the $350 and smiled if I wanted a shooter. The reason I did not buy the other Trooper mentioned was the lack of original stocks. They would have cost me $150-$200 to replace plus my time and effort. No box either.

Added: I am generally not interested in shooters anymore. I have that covered. I ALMOST bought that other Trooper. I was within a breath of saying ring it up. This was earlier this year. I still think about that one as I really do like the original Troopers. In the case of your revolver, I would only buy for resale and $400 is too high for that.

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Old October 20, 2012, 02:02 AM   #6
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Jibjab has correctly identified the model he's refering to.
In that condition I'd go $350, IF I wanted one bad enough.

And as mentioned on the other forum just be aware that there are limited service options for those older Colt actions if needed.
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Old October 20, 2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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Always offer the $300. Maybe he will take it, maybe he will say $350, which you already know. Very few of the Colt DA guns, esp in cals bigger than 38 special can be found for this kind of money. Look around - they are in demand.

I'm not sure why this same question was posted more than once on various threads. These troopers are not often seen in my neck of the woods, and for $350, with original finish and stocks, its a buy. Be sure to check it for lock up with the hammer back on each chamber AND then AGAIN with the trigger held back but the hammer down. If you are able to move the cylinder out of lockup at any point, the gun needs re-timed by Colt. Call them and make sure they will do the work. Many of the old models they don't work on anymore.
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Old October 20, 2012, 09:32 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advise.
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Be sure to check it for lock up with the hammer back on each chamber AND then AGAIN with the trigger held back but the hammer down. If you are able to move the cylinder out of lockup at any point,
With the hammer cocked there was rotational movement and end play in all six positions. With the hammer down and the trigger held lock up was tight in all six positions.
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