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    Colt Trooper .357 (1966) Price Check & question re:lockwork

    My local store had a very nice Colt Trooper 6" .357 in the box with all of the paperwork, including the original receipt from 1966, where it was purchased for $60 something. The condition was 99%, grips were correct, and serial number dates it to 1966.

    Asking price $700. Too much?

    The other question is this: how do these compare to Pythons in terms of trigger pull and the complexity of the lockwork? Obviously the Python was hand fitted while the Trooper line was the lesser, but by how much? I know, probably difficult to quantify.

    I have an older .22 Trooper and it's a nice shooter, but am wondering if the .357 Trooper is any different.

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    I think I paid $500 for my minty 4-inch version with nothing else but the gun three years ago.
    Quite happy to get it.

    The action is the same as the Python, nowhere near as smooth from the factory, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911er View Post
    My local store had a very nice Colt Trooper 6" .357 in the box with all of the paperwork, including the original receipt from 1966, where it was purchased for $60 something. The condition was 99%, grips were correct, and serial number dates it to 1966.

    Asking price $700. Too much?
    I think some folks might think that is too much; but if it is as you've described and everything is original to that Trooper, if you don't want it please let me have their phone number.

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    You just plain don't see complete Trooper packages like that. I think it is more than fair if everything is original to that gun and the condition is as stated.

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    The Trooper and Python used exactly the same action and the same parts.

    The difference was that the Python was given more time in fitting and polishing the parts to give a smoother feel.
    If you were to send the Trooper to Colt for a "trigger job" it'd feel pretty much like a Python.

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    I bought a 4" 357 trooper around the very early 70s. Think it was $108s back then. I still have these two troopers, blue is 22 lr and nickle is .38 special. I own a blue python 4" and a nickle 2 1/2". I carried my .357 mag many years on my guard job, shot a buck with it.
    For my money, if I was still working I would like a 4" trooper as it`s as good as a python and a little less weight due to the vented rib and enclosed ejector houseing.


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    I'd say $700 for that gun with all the goodies is an OK price in my book. Buy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubrock View Post
    You just plain don't see complete Trooper packages like that. I think it is more than fair if everything is original to that gun and the condition is as stated.
    I agree, complete package, in that condition, the price sounds right. I've got a beautiful, LNIB, 4" blued Trooper from 1964, and I'd expect that kind of money, if I were to sell it...

    Mine appears unfired (except factory, of course), and I have not messed with it much, but when I have worked the action, it was very, very smooth. The early Troopers are a lot of gun for the money, very nice workmanship, and the actions are top notch.

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    1911r,

    That's about what I paid for my 1969 with all the goodies. Did it have the gap wrench, too?



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    Gap wrench?

    I believe you are talking about the Colt 3 bladed screwdriver.


 

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