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    First Colt - Opinions Please

    Hi All:

    I'm looking for opinions on my first colt. It is a 1965 Trooper in .357. Serial number 45XXX

    I am new at this compared to the experienced folks on this forum, so I am looking for some opinions on the condition of this piece. Lockup and timing are fine. What do the you guys see? What is approximate value range on this gun? (I'm fine with what I paid, but curious). I would like to get a Python eventually, but figured I would start with a less expensive Colt as I get more educated and hopefully avoid costly mistakes later.

    I tried to capture the condition in the photos as much as possible.

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    Welcome to the forum! I think this may be the best "first Colt purchase" post. That gun is absolutely beautiful. You said you wanted a Python and you pretty much got one. The Colt Model 357 shares the same frame and action as the Python, but does not have the vented rib or barrel underlug. Since you asked about price, I would easily pay $700-$800 for that gun. Even more if it had target stocks. Congrats on your first Colt!

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    Very nice Trooper indeed. Price will vary around country but above price seem about right for an average for that gun which appears to have a low round count and high condition original finish. Box and papers(original) would push it beyond $1000.00.

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    Very nice; looks NRA "excellent" to me. Congratulations.

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    Looks like an outstanding Trooper. I have a .38 caliber one made in I think 1963 and absolutely love it. Yours appears to be in better condition. Welcome to the forum.

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    This first Colt will be on the first place in your heart for a long time, congrats!
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    Thanks guys. I figured it was about a 99% finish or NRA excellent type piece, but that is just from reading the descriptions online. No extras with this one....got just the gun.

    It is in good enough shape, that I must admit I may be a little hesitant to shoot it.

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    No idea what you paid but she's beautiful. Slight turn line but the over all condition is supreme. You came out on top with a great model. I love it. Good job.

    P.S. Shoot it, carefully handle and clean and no one will be the wiser. Just OCD clean her . No box etec etc, it's meant to be shot and you'll enjoy th trigger weight. I will warn you. in SA, it's a tad light and will surprise you.



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    I paid $800, which I figured was a fair price. And I really liked the gun.

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    Yep, you did fine. There's a lot of Troopers out there, but super clean ones like yours are pretty scarce. Troopers with lots of use (wear) sell for 5-600 bucks -and more- often.
    Take a look at the Official Police and Army Special while you're at it. They're in the same medium frame family. I really like to shoot 38 Spl as it's cheap and fun and doesn't hammer you like magnum calibers.
    Looks GREAT! Welcome to the club! Its a slippery slope, fair warning. H.
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