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Just picked up a shooter 1966 trooper. The grips look like 2nd generation Python grips with gold medallion. Is that correct or are they interchangable? Not mint but not bad worth restoration or keep as is? The Trooper is a garage gun already wearing Pachmayr rubber grips.
 

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They are interchangeable, but only the Python rated gold colored medallions, at least at first. :cool:
 

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They would have come with silver medallioned target or service stocks.

Although not an iron-clad indicator, the side plate screws were flat with target stocks, and round head with service stocks. Like anything else Colt, never say never.
 
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To be a little more clear, the style of grips are appropriate to a 1966 Trooper, which would have used the Second Type grips.
However, only the Python would have had gold medallions, a Trooper would have had silver.

Also, while not definitive due to possible aftermarket replacement, Colt's with Target grips fitted at the factory would have a flat head rear side plate screw, while a model fitted with Service grips would have had a rounded or dome headed screw in the rear side plate hole.

Those Target grips are well worth restoration.
 

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FYI the trooper has a flat screw. This appears an older police weapon holster wear but looks lightly fired and locks up great. Wonder why the Python grips it sure
does not look like medallion were changed
 

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