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Old December 23, 2009, 03:29 AM   #1
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Colt Officer Model Target

My grandfather recently gave me his Colt OMT .38. Anyone know what Im dealing with here?
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Old December 23, 2009, 04:09 AM   #2
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Not only do you now possess a nice family heirloom, you also have a very well made and accurate target pistol. Avoid hot loads and enjoy.
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Old December 23, 2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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Welcome to TFL.

Congrats on a veeery sweet pistol. Should be a real tackdriver.

As NWCP said " avoid hot loads". Stay with standard 38 spec. loads. May tell you that in your 'shooting suggestion' pamphlet.

1st issue of Colt OMT : 6" bbl, adj. target sights, flattop frame, produced from 1904-1908.
Value according to 2008 Standard Cat. of Firearms
exc. 1000, vg 750, good 350, fair 300, poor 200

2nd issue : similar to above, 4",4.5",5", 6" and 7.5" bbl`s, checkered walnut grips, produced from1908-1940.
exc. 700, vg 550, good 300, fair 250, poor 150

Since it came from Grand father- priceless. Doesn`t say that in book, thats M.O.

Keep clean, especially front side of cyl. as tolerance is close and carbon buildup could be a problem.


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Old December 23, 2009, 09:32 AM   #4
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Your grandpa just gave you the keys & title to a Cadillac! Be sure to thank him profusely, shoot it often with standard pressure target loads and take good care of it so you can pass it along to your own grandson one day.
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Old December 23, 2009, 09:40 AM   #5
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Oh boy, Cadillac indeed!!! Can't tell you how sweet it is to get an old Colt like that still in the box. I'm truly jealous.
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Old December 23, 2009, 12:53 PM   #6
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You will really enjoy shooting this revolver. I have one of these and shoot it quite often. The trigger work and accuracy are outstanding. I have put thousands of rounds through mine without any problems. I shoot handloads with 148 grain wad cutters and have not had any leading at all. I also clean and oil the gun after every trip to the range.
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Old December 24, 2009, 03:02 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.

Thanks for all the feedback, guys!
“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.” -P.G. Wodehouse
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Old December 24, 2009, 03:23 PM   #8
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I have an Officer's Model Match Target Model, a derivation of what you have. It is the slickest, most enjoyable revolver to shoot that I own.
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Old December 25, 2009, 12:50 PM   #9
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You got a special revolver. Enjoy it. I have the same in 22LR.
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Old December 25, 2009, 09:01 PM   #10
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What you have there is one of the finest .38 special Revolvers ever made.

I believe that particular one would date to somwhere in the late 40's/early 50's.
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