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    Colt 3-5-7

    I wasn't going to get this one, until I looked and noticed the four digit serial number (34XX). I didn't know much about Colts, but I did know it was a 3-5-7, sort of a "pre-Trooper" I suppose. I guess you could say "pre-Python" too. The low serial number told it was probably an early one. Proofhouse puts it at 1954, the first year for the 3-5-7.


    All the mechanical stuff is tight. It looks to have been fired very little, but does have a scratch and ding here and there, which I suppose is to be expected for a 65 or so, year old gun.








    I haven't shot it yet. Just got it out of lay-a-way purgatory yesterday, but have put a coat or two of Ren Wax on it.


    Did Colt number stocks to the gun? Each stock has the number 88 in pencil on the back.
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    The rear side plate screw appears to be a flat head type.
    This was used with the Colt Target grips so the grips would lay flat on the frame.

    Guns fitted with the Service type grips like those on your gun had round head rear side plate screws.

    While this is NOT proof positive ( screws can be replaced), I suspect your 357 originally shipped with Target grips.

    If so, the "correct" grips for that serial number 357 would be the First Type fully checkered Target grips with silver Colt medallions.
    Unfortunately, these are now VERY expensive, usually starting around $200 to $300 and UP.

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    What dfariswheel said plus the target hammer
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    What dfariswheel said plus the target hammer
    I'm inclined to agree. If you look closely there is a, or seems to be, a slight mismatch between the stocks to frame fit.
    Nice 3-5-7 nonetheless.
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    It may be the lighting but the side plate screw in question appears to be a different color and the slot looks to have some damage.
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    That's a sweet gun, I have one in the 24xx range with a 4" barrel. Yours has a bit less wear than mine. If you're needing correct stocks I may be able to help.
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    Thanks for the information all. I've been looking around on Ebay and I've seen a couple of sets, but I'm not going to put that much money into them. I may just get a set of Pachmayr presentation's for shooting, and put the service stocks back on the rest of the time.

    That screw is a different color, and it is dinged up a little.
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    Congratulations. A long time ago I posted a thread asking who besides me had a first year of manufacture. I was surprised at the number of members who did. You'd be amazed at the number of people who don't even know this model exists.
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    The Three Fifty Seven is...or at least was...a secret. It seems to be getting some respect and market value from dealers who have them now. How often do you see an ad for a Three Fifty seven that doesn't call it the "pre-Python" or the "gun that the Python is based on" or something similar? Before it seemed if someone said "I have a Colt .357" most people would simply assume it was a .357 Magnum of the Trooper or Python variety...probably a Trooper. I think most who have a Python are proud to ay "Colt Python". It's probably similar with S&W owners..."I have a Smith & Wesson .357" but people don't know whether it's a Model 19, 66, 13, 65 or whatever.

    With the values of Colt snake guns being as high as they are, collectors look for the next best thing that costs less...hence values of the Three Fifty Seven rising but still below Python levels. Anyone not wanting to pay the price of an older Cobra can pick up an Agent for less money. That free market can be funny and not always logical.
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    I just sold a very clean 1960 gun in original box for $1,625 on Gunbroker. People were fighting over it. And this is during the typically slow summer time.

    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    The Three Fifty Seven is...or at least was...a secret. It seems to be getting some respect and market value from dealers who have them now. How often do you see an ad for a Three Fifty seven that doesn't call it the "pre-Python" or the "gun that the Python is based on" or something similar? Before it seemed if someone said "I have a Colt .357" most people would simply assume it was a .357 Magnum of the Trooper or Python variety...probably a Trooper. I think most who have a Python are proud to ay "Colt Python". It's probably similar with S&W owners..."I have a Smith & Wesson .357" but people don't know whether it's a Model 19, 66, 13, 65 or whatever.

    With the values of Colt snake guns being as high as they are, collectors look for the next best thing that costs less...hence values of the Three Fifty Seven rising but still below Python levels. Anyone not wanting to pay the price of an older Cobra can pick up an Agent for less money. That free market can be funny and not always logical.
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