I agree Judge. The older versions have always been my faves as well.In my opinion, the early guns without the recessed chambers are worth more as collectors items than the later guns.
Seeing those sale prices gets my attention. I bought most of my Officers Models of the various versions back in the 1970s and 1980s. They have been a good investment.
Colt-SL,I recently bought one from Gunbroker. It echoes the price range that broknaxl states. My serial number is 508, made 1930. Starting range of 5900 for 1931, so yours was also made in 1930.
i actually bought the one that you see on the top. as you can see we had a bid war running. i am not unhappy with what i gave for her however. i'd also considered the one that you show on the bottom with the box ect. but the blueing on the brush, and towel shown in the pics put me off. Colt-SL got a fine deal, i wish i'd have spotted that one.I'm a little bit surprised by that price range - I paid a little more than $700 for a 1960 Officers Model Match after looking for months for a pre-WWII Officers Model Target. Do the features of the .22 Officers Models in that time period detract from the value? I doubt it, but IRRC recessed chambers in the cylinders were introduced in the early 1930s (1932?) and there may have been another change to the .22 revolvers at the same time.
Just did a search for my own education:
Colt Officers Model Target 22LR 3rd Issue Pre-War : Revolvers at GunBroker.com $726
Colt Officers Model Target : Revolvers at GunBroker.com $550 but re-blued
Colt Officers Model .22 Target 22 : Revolvers at GunBroker.com $750 but with box & papers - wish I'd seen this one!
Colt-SL that's a very nice looking Colt! I'd say you got a very good deal.
GOOD eye big_gus ! It's the only older Officer's Model .22 I've seen with a target hammer. Well, there goes the budget again; guess an archive letter is in order!Colt-SL,
Let me first say that is a really nice one. I was wondering is the hammer on this gun original? I dont know alot about these but the 2 I have have hammers just like naitsirks. Did just the very early ones have this style or was it replaced? I am always looking to learn something new, Thanks.