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    Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    Were they popular? Do they have any value?

    I do not have one, I just have never seen one and am curious.
    thanks,

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    I do not know very much about the history of the gun. I do know a couple of Deputy Sheriffs who carried them, when I first started back in '82. The guns were six inch, .357 caliber, shot very well, handled well, less money for a Colt. From what I remember though you could purchase a Smith and Wesson model 19 or model 28 new and could pick up a good used model 27 for less money.

    The biggest difference was the matte finish on the guns. When compared to the Smith's and especially to the Python or even the Mark III, they just did not have the "cool" factor, kinda like the redheaded step-child syndrome. They just never caught on. Plus Smith was opening up the Stainless Steel concept about then if I remember correctly.

    I am sure there is someone on this forum who can enlighten us both more on the Peacekeeper with a correct history.

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    They were an attempt, like the parkerized Agent and Commando, to put out cheaper guns to compete with the competition. it was also done at a time during Colt's long and bitter strike whwn they did not have the trained polishers necessary to put high quality finishes on guns. The price of the Peacekeepers is going up and is barking at theheels of the better made Troopers. Had Colt been smart and put a Python barrel on the Peacekeeper and called it the Police Python they would have sold a lot more of them.Too me and many others the half vent rib barrel was neither here nor there. Uglier than the solid rib and lacking the class of the full lug vent rib Python , looked more like a Llama Martial. Almost as bad a move as S&W putting the full lugged , me too , barrel on their revolvers. They ruined the model 17 and 18 22s and the L frames just look like a poor man 's Python

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    I believe the timing was wrong for several reasons.
    1. The high cap nines were coming into vogue for law enforcement.
    2. Even though the finish was excellent for law enforcement, most LE probably prefered a finished gun for slightly more.
    3. Now days a service or gray finish does not sway a civilian customer. Military or para military weapons are what many civilian customers want. 20 or 25 years ago a nice polished finish sold a lot better than a parkerized finish.

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    I have a Peacekeeper with a 4" barrel. It's really just a Trooper MK V with a matte finish.

    I think these guns got a raw deal because they are really great shooters. They're just not as pretty. In some ways that is a benefit. My Peacekeeper is my favorite woods gun. Because of it's rough finish, I don't care if it gets scratched and beat up. I have complete faith in it's ability to hit what I'm aiming at and that's what really counts.

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    Well yes and no. Yes 9mm tupperware guns were becoming the vogue, but who says the Peacekeeper or any mid to big bore revolver is only intented for the police market? I do not own any polymer 9mms. Why? I don't need one. What I do need is a powerful midsize 357 for outdoors use, home defense and plinking. That is why I have Troopers, Lawmen, Python and a Smith and Wesson 66. Pretty much every shooter I know who is not an LEO, has at least one 357 and usually more . This market was and is still alive. A market Colt sadly is totally out of. Still say if they are going to offer one da revolver , it should be a King Cobra with a Python barrel, to start at least.

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

    Here's my 6 incher:



    Neat little gun.
    King of (safe) Queens!

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

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    Were they popular? Do they have any value?

    I do not have one, I just have never seen one and am curious.
    thanks,

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I don't know why they didn't catch on. I bought one new with a 6" barrel and it's a fine gun. It's not a 'little' gun by any means, but it's still an easy gun to carry. For carry, I use a Bianchi X-15 shoulder rig. I like the thick matte finish as you can't mess up the finish with mud, dirt, scratches from brush..etc. The gun is one of the most accurate I've ever shot. The heavy frame makes the recoil very manageable--especially with the Pachmayr grips.

    As for value, I'm surprised that they havne't gone up in value. I'd love to find one with a 4" barrel for $300!!
    I'm carrying a Peacekeeper!

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    Re: Colt Peacekeeper, what was the deal with them?

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    I have a Peacekeeper with a 4" barrel. It's really just a Trooper MK V with a matte finish.

    I think these guns got a raw deal because they are really great shooters. They're just not as pretty. In some ways that is a benefit. My Peacekeeper is my favorite woods gun. Because of it's rough finish, I don't care if it gets scratched and beat up. I have complete faith in it's ability to hit what I'm aiming at and that's what really counts.



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    What he said!

    My 4"er. Great gun without the worries.

    ***Honesty is the foundation of one's character***

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    They are great shooters and still a great value. Recently picked this one up for $300. Of course I had to loose those rubber grips.
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