Howdy! New guy here. Well , not really. Was on the old Colt forum , and some may know me from other forums. Was talking on Sixgunner.com about my new Colt and they said to stop over here as ya had a thread on this particular revolver.
Anyhow , she a 98% condition Colt .357 , the predecessor to the Python , sister of the original Trooper. I do believe she's a first year gun too , ser. no. #8xx.
Do a search on the forum and you'll find a lot of info on the 357.
The First type fully checkered grips themselves are worth OVER $200.00 on eBay these days.
You essentially have an early Python only without the heavy lugged barrel and the higher quality blue job and action tuning.
...You essentially have an early Python only without the heavy lugged barrel and the higher quality blue job and action tuning....
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Reminds me of my first girlfriend. She looked exactly like Marylyn Monroe! Except for her figure, her hair, her lips, her…..
(Now I am just kiddin here fellas. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Personally, I think the 357 Magnum is way cooler than a Python ‘cause most people don’t know what a wonderful gun it is. An owner gets to feel remarkably supercilious with one of these babies on his belt! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img])
I'd love to find a Model .357 shooter. Mine are all collectors, but the feel and balance seem like one of the most comfortable pistols I've ever held. A little heavier than the K-38, but the same kind of feel.
I paid only $350 for it. The first thing I thought was that the grips would bring a big dollar on Ebay , but I ain't selling them. I sold a few sets of Python grips that were just sitting around. That grip just don't fit my hand. For shooting , it'll get a set of Hogue hardwoods . like my Python.
Got it for $350 huh. Sounds like another one of those deals where the seller thought it was nothing more than a Trooper. I got a well used first year model rather cheap that the seller kept calling it a 6" Trooper. He had bought it for HD and never shot it much but then went out and got a like new Trooper MkIII that was all nice and shiny. He just didn't think much of the 357 and I wasn't about to argue with him. She ain't the prettiest girl at the dance, but a Python will be hard pressed to outshoot her. I think a lot of us have found that out about the 357. I also found a 4 incher but it's been nothing but a lounge lizard around here so I can't say how it would shoot (although the action feels very good).
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Got it for $350 huh. Sounds like another one of those deals where the seller thought it was nothing more than a Trooper.
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There's a few local guns shops here that know to keep in business , quick turn-around on bought used/trade-in/pre-owned is the way to go. They also know if I get a good price , it's sold. The shop I got it at just got it the day before. They'd rather make $50 overnite than wait weeks/months to make $150 with the right buyer. Gotta support yer local gun shops.