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    officers target help 38 special

    picked up a officers target in 38 special this week end at gun show S/N 78161, looked up that number and can't believe it was made in 1961 .I t looks un fired no marks on recoil shield or @ top strap . Is $550.a reasonable price ? I only gather automatics as a rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walter View Post
    picked up a officers target in 38 special this week end at gun show S/N 78161, looked up that number and can't believe it was made in 1961 .I t looks un fired no marks on recoil shield or @ top strap . Is $550.a reasonable price ? I only gather automatics as a rule.
    Either you've posted the serial number incorrectly, or your "OMT" (OMM) is chambered in .22LR. 78161 is a 1960 production OMM (Officers Model Match) .22LR number. The OMT .38's are numbered in sequence with the Army Special (1924-1927) and then the Official Police (1927 - 1949). OMM .38 Specials are numbered in sequence with the Trooper model (1953 forward).
    Last edited by 73shovel; 11-25-2019 at 09:44 PM.
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    Photos?

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    you are correct my mistake S/N 781618 is the correct #it is an officers model target
    pictures later. Stamped on left side of barrel officers model target
    Last edited by walter; 11-26-2019 at 06:41 PM. Reason: more information
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    Quote Originally Posted by walter View Post
    you are correct my mistake S/N 781618 is the correct #it is an officers model target
    pictures later
    You're sure it's not an Officers Model Special?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walter View Post
    you are correct my mistake S/N 781618 is the correct #it is an officers model target
    pictures later
    Your serial number shows a 1950 production year. While the Officers Model Special came out in 1949 the serial number for that model began at 783001. I would assume that you have a very late post war Officers Model Target. These differ slightly from the pre-war OMT's with their frosted top and back straps, grooved back strap and trigger along with the Coltwood plastic stocks. Pictures will show for sure.
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    picturea to go with O.P colt 38 target





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    You got a deal!
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    Thecoltguy nailed it. Looks like Colt still had some checkered hammers left over in their parts bins when they were building the last of the OMT's. Is the trigger checkered or grooved ?
    The switch to grooved small parts and the dual tone finish along with the plastic stocks were cost cutting measures. One of the first things I look for to identify the post war OMT's is the lack of checkering on the trigger, hammer and cylinder release and the elimination of the crane lock screw on the right side of the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Rego View Post
    Thecoltguy nailed it. Looks like Colt still had some checkered hammers left over in their parts bins when they were building the last of the OMT's. Is the trigger checkered or grooved ?
    The switch to grooved small parts and the dual tone finish along with the plastic stocks were cost cutting measures. One of the first things I look for to identify the post war OMT's is the lack of checkering on the trigger, hammer and cylinder release and the elimination of the crane lock screw on the right side of the frame.
    Absolutely correct.


 
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