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Old January 17, 2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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Colt Trooper .357 Go get it or leave it be?

Several years ago I had a Colt Trooper and was really pleased with the gun. It was well made and just felt good in my hand. I got rid of it and the guy still has it. Thinking about buying it back.

Not seen much on here about the Colt .357's What's your opinion on the Trooper?

Go get it or leave it be?
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Old January 17, 2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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Hah. THAT'S a no brainer; If the guy hasn't butchered or otherwise abused it, go get it back. (I assume we're talking about an original Trooper? If not, disregard.
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Old January 17, 2010, 10:37 PM   #3
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get it back

I have one and got it out a few weeks ago, almost forgot how nice it shoots and handles. Get it back, you won't regret it.

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Old January 17, 2010, 10:41 PM   #4
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Oh yes, it is an original in excellent shape. What's their worth these days. The last Gun Value Book I've got is from the 1980's. Definately time to invest in a new one.
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Old January 17, 2010, 10:59 PM   #5
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Both the 357 Magnum (Trooper) and the Trooper Mark III are very good revolvers. The Mark III is my preferred shooter. Guess it all depends on the price.

You may experience some sticker shock when you buy the current or the new Blue Book in April (2010 edition) as compared to the cost in the 80's.
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Old January 18, 2010, 03:32 AM   #6
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I carried a Trooper MKIII for many years and hand loaded it and fired thousands of factory rounds through it and it is both tough and accurate. It is a great gun. After much use it is as smooth as any Python.
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Old January 18, 2010, 03:08 PM   #7
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One like this?,,,

It's my personal fav of all of my handguns,,,



This is the one pistol I would keep if I had to sell the rest,,,
Fits my hand like a glove and I hit with it,,,
Too fine to ever part with.

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Old January 18, 2010, 03:50 PM   #8
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I wouldn't do it.

Can I have you buddy's name, please?



GO GET IT
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Old January 18, 2010, 04:19 PM   #9
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I'll say to go get it-run, don't walk! Maybe this photo of my NIB 4" Trooper MK III .357, will help you to make up your mind!:
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Old January 18, 2010, 05:40 PM   #10
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I've got S&W N-frames, but I think my Trooper MkIII might be the strongest .357 I own. Way overbuilt for a .357, you could easily use it as a bludgeon for defense, much more so than any Smith I have. I need to get photos of it. It's also accurate as hell.

The old Colts are getting really expensive - I saw a Trooper MkIII like Boa's, but not is as good shape, selling for $750; I also saw an older Colt Trooper for $999.
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Old January 18, 2010, 05:49 PM   #11
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I just bought one and they have been explained to me as a "poor mans Python"."a most underated revolver".
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Old January 18, 2010, 05:51 PM   #12
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I have one
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Old January 18, 2010, 07:30 PM   #13
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Yes, the Trooper MK III's are very strong revolvers. Most folks know how strong an Smith and Wesson L-frame revolver is-and, an Ruger GP100 is even stronger. But, the Trooper MK III has been reported to be even stronger than both the L-frame and the GP100!
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Old January 18, 2010, 07:53 PM   #14
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Here's my Trooper .357. I found this example with box and papers, a real keeper:

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Old January 18, 2010, 07:55 PM   #15
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Jeez, was it not that many years ago when a Python was a 750 gun?
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Old January 18, 2010, 08:01 PM   #16
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tailgunner6:

Hey, that is a beautiful Colt Trooper .357 you have there! I',ve been on the prowl for a long time looking for one in as nice of condition as yours! Was your ".357" NIB whenever you had purchased it? Well, it does look NIB to me right now?
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Old January 18, 2010, 08:16 PM   #17
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Thanks boa2. Yeah, it was NIB when I bought it (or at least it bore no evidence it was fired other than at the factory that I could see) and it's still unfired. I was lucky to have found it because so many folks are unfamiliar with these first gen. E or I frame (I can never remember which) Troopers - most are familiar with the Mk. III version. I got it for $650 about 3 years ago. I got it to round out my I/E frame collection (not including Pythons, that's separate):



OMM .38 Spl, Trooper .357 and Three-Fifty-Seven.
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Old January 18, 2010, 08:42 PM   #18
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You need to post a bib along side of those pictures so I don't drool over over them. Beautiful Stuff!!!
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Old January 19, 2010, 04:40 PM   #19
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1)Thank you for posting the picture of your three beautiful Colt's-I'm impressed!

2)I'm curious about your Colt Model Three-Fifty-Seven? Has this gun been fired-or, fired much at all?

3)Although, I don't yet have a 6" Model Three-Fifty-Seven, I do have a new(Unfired)4" Three-Fifty-Seven, that I got from the original owner-and he had this gun lightly engraved, with a simple-yet, a nice design pattern. Mine is a 1960 vintage.
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Old January 19, 2010, 08:39 PM   #20
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1)Thank you for posting the picture of your three beautiful Colt's-I'm impressed!
Thanks!!

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2)I'm curious about your Colt Model Three-Fifty-Seven? Has this gun been fired-or, fired much at all?
The Three-Fifty-Seven may have been fired just a handful of times. It has hardly a trace of a turn line but the bluing is just about perfect. There's not a blemish on it. I've not fired it. I saw it on GA just after it was listed and bought it right away, $600 IIRC a year or so before I bought the Trooper. Like the Trooper, it also came with its original box and test target.

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3)Although, I don't yet have a 6" Model Three-Fifty-Seven, I do have a new (Unfired) 4" Three-Fifty-Seven, that I got from the original owner-and he had this gun lightly engraved, with a simple-yet, a nice design pattern. Mine is a 1960 vintage.
I called Colt about mine a while ago and IIRC they quoted mine's a '61 or '62 (towards the end of their production run). These guns seemed to have come around in the last few years, folks are grabbing them as soon as they turn up. They're nice because they use the same lockwork as the Python. My preference is for 6" bbl, I like those proportions, but it seems that 4" guns tend to be more popular.
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Old January 19, 2010, 09:11 PM   #21
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Go and get it. You'll have no regrets. The Colt Trooper is a fine revolver.
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Old January 20, 2010, 11:21 AM   #22
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Buy it back NOW!! Here's mine:

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Old January 20, 2010, 08:32 PM   #23
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I would get it, I been looking for a 4" Colt 357, have a 6" d love it
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Old February 28, 2010, 10:09 AM   #24
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Trooper

How about an engraved Colt Trooper MKIII? Any info on one of those?
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Old February 28, 2010, 10:24 AM   #25
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by all means get it!!

My 1977 Trooper Mk3:



Now if only i could get the guy who bought my 6" Trooper Mk5 to sell it back to me. M-C, if you're reading this, I'M DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING IT BACK...
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