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    22 DA revolver

    Looking to buy a DA 22. I would like a Colt but am not familiar with them. I know there are Diamondbacks and Troopers. I want it for DA practice and target so 4-6 inch barrel. So what would be a reasonable price there are several on GB from a trooper @ 850 to Diamond backs from 1100 to 1500. I can get a nice S&W for 650. I have 2 SA and one the way and 2 1911's. So are the Colts in 22 worth the money and time to find the right one and how much should I pay. First post used search did not help. Thanks. Gus

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    I have both Colts and S&W. For plinking, I would go for a S&W 18 ,4 inch barrel ,which you can find used for less than 1/2 the price of a Colt Diamondback. It is lighter than a Trooper Mark 3. which is overly heavy for a 22. In a 6 incher it is a toss up between a S&W 17 or a Colt Officers Model Match. The Colts are harder to find and more expensive.
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    If you're looking for it for plinking and carry (for hiking in the woods, and such), you also might want to consider the S&W 34, which should go for no more $450 on the high-end. I just bought one, with adjustable sites, and for a J-frame, it fits my hand quite nicely.

    For dedicated target, I don't think you can go wrong with a Trooper, a Diamondback, and don't forget the Officers Model in .22.
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    For accuracy a Colt Officers Model Target, Officers Model Special ( harder to find) or the Officers Model Match are hard to beat while admittedly being in the upper bracket price wise. If you can find one in excellent mechanical condition and maintain it properly it will not only serve you well on the range but maintain and increase in value. Just my .02 FWIW




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    Get a Colt Police Positive Target. Light, accurate, and Pre-War quality. Plus if you look around you can get one cheaper than many of the Post-War Colt 22s.

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    My Officers Model Match is a terrific shooter and yes, I feel it came at a premium price. If you wait for a nice one to come along you will not regret it and as stated it should be a sound investment as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawman67 View Post
    I have both Colts and S&W. For plinking, I would go for a S&W 18 ,4 inch barrel ,which you can find used for less than 1/2 the price of a Colt Diamondback. It is lighter than a Trooper Mark 3. which is overly heavy for a 22. In a 6 incher it is a toss up between a S&W 17 or a Colt Officers Model Match. The Colts are harder to find and more expensive.
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    Check out collectors firearms S&W Post War models. A nice 18 for $795 a 17 for a $100 less. Pretty decent in today's market. Don't waste your money on a reissue classic ,that S&W now offers. Total crap compared to the older , lockless, MIM less revolvers with real walnut stocks and case hardened hammers and triggers. I have an early 50 s pre 18 22 Combat Master piece and a Model 17 from the late 70s . Both will chew a ragged hole out of the 10 ring. You could do worse , but not any better.This from a Colt fan. Got to give S&W their due. The K frames were some of the finest revolvers ever made.

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    If it were my money, I'd go with a S&W Model 17 or 18 for practice and plinking. I lean toward the M18 (4") but they are harder to find than the 17's (6"). Of course there were some 4" M17's before the 617 was introduced if you like the full underlug like Diamondbacks and Pythons. The new S&W 617's are great revolver too. Current manufacture have a 10-round cylinder.

    The Trooper Mark III is a great revolver.


 

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