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    Arrow Another Colt Trooper

    Hi Folks -- Brand new to the forum and wanted to run one by you for your valued opinions. This one is the 4" Trooper "Target" model s/n: 777xx and was purchased new by my father in either 1968 or 69. Probably has less than 200 rounds through it.

    Any info you folks could share would be very much appreciated. As you can see, I also have the original price list and Colt catalog. Looks like it sold new for the whopping price of $134.50.
    Last edited by BrewCity59; 04-29-2011 at 07:22 PM. Reason: I learned something! Thanks guys!

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    That's not the service model. You have the target version.
    Mine from '66 has the smaller service grips and the narrow service hammer.
    Nice gun.
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    I bought a new one exactly like that one at the same time. I remember paying $108s at a old cal store in california. I carried that gun for about 20 years on and off my job. I stupidly sold it. Once I had a friend that had some trouble with some slime balls and lent it to him. He said it probley saved his life when they jumped him. (He didnt have to shoot). I own and have owned s&w 27s, a couple pythons and others. Yet were I to go back working I would look for another. They are just as accurate as the python yet lighter and a joy to carry. Here is a bad picture of me and a small buck I shot with it many years ago.


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    Here are two other troopers I still have. The blue is .22 lr. I had the hammer built up on it to match the .357. Also had identical bigger grips on it at the time. The nickle one is .38 special that I bought a couple years ago. Still wish I would have kept that first .357!


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    Very nice Target configuration Trooper and a great family gun you have there!!!!

    Here is my Target Configuration Trooper; it was targeted and shipped in 1968 and it’s still unfired. This Trooper is in the 79000 serial number range, so yours is definitely from 1968.




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    Thumbs up Thank you!

    Thanks for all the information guys! I guess I didn't even know what I had. Genuinely appreciate the input!

    I edited my original post to reflect the fact that this is a Target model.

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    Help an old fella out, how do we know this is the target version??? Is it because of the grips or something else? I have one like this too, a Mark III but I'm not sure if it is a target version or service. I assumed it was service.

    tks,
    Jerry

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    The wider hammer spur and target stocks, not service stocks.

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    Heavy,
    Your MKIII is a totally different gun. I had a 6-inch MKIII briefly a while back, but I'm not all that conversant on what grips & hammers were offered as options on those.
    DFaris will probably be along to cover those.

    I do have a Trooper .357, the gun in question.

    Target versions had the big "Python" grips you see in this thread and the wide "Python" hammer spur, along with a flat upper sideplate screw under the left-side grip panel.
    Service versions had smaller grips, a narrow hammer, and a domed upper sideplate screw exposed by the smaller grips.

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    Thank you Denis, perhaps I can get a couple of pics on here so that someone can kindly help me out. I'll work on that today.

    tks,
    Jerry


 
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