I thought the new jersey tri with nickle cyl looked very nice.
At the end of the day, " you can't fake steak".
Whats not to like? 50+ yr old unfired and half the price. Whatever you shoot at don't care from where the round came. As far as looks, let him that cant get past looks, leave the gun store or watering hole... emptyhanded
I can't stand all the gold gingerbread on some of them, but some gaudy commemoratives grab me. Like that two tone New Jersey gun I think Zorros mentioned. But especially the Lawman Series. The best ones, though, are those that look as close as possible to regular Colts. The Teddy Roosevelt pictured above, the NRAs, and my all time favorites, the 1873-1973 Centennials. Here's the Lawman Series in this old G&A magazine, and my Centennial .44-40 with extra .44 special cylinder. I liked the Lawman guns in the order from the bottom up.
Like many I think the gold is too over the top for me and Cheesy looking. I do like the nickel guns. And yes sometimes they try to put a scene of something on them and it just never seems to look very nice. I'm so enamored with the normal Colts that the commemorative stuff just seems like a waste of a good gun. However I like you have considered commemoratives that sell cheap if I just want a shooter. Why not. I do have a Bat Masterson .22 Peacemaker but nothing much happening with it just nickel and a cheap box they put it in. I shoot it though.
And if you are going to commemorate someone on a Colt firearm it seems like Sam Colt is a pretty good choice right?
I'm a sentimental Texan who loves our unique state history, so collecting a Texas Sesquicentennial was a must for me regardless of the embellishments. The gold barrel & cylinder inscriptions & pictures don't do that much for me, but the backstrap is a meaningful & special treasure IMO. It makes the gun awesome in spite of its flaws.
Pictures of the rest of the gun are on this thread:
3rd G. Cylinder with No Fluts
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