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I see 6 inches are more frequent for sale which leads me to believe 6 inches are more common.
I see the exact opposite, I see the 4 inchers alot more than the 6 inchers. EDIT: as I was "working on my post" lol, I see ssgunnip beat me to the draw.:)
I have an NIB of each so no partiality to either side as far as that goes. I will admit I prefer the look of the 6 inchers, Especially the first years with the Dual Tone Finish, in the white muzzle, and Full-Checkered grips with old style medallions.
 
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I agree that 4-inch examples are much more common.
Well i have a 4" am looking to get a 6" .
Judge ,does this one have a dual tone finish or is the lighting just wrong,what about the polished muzzle ? this one does not have it ,is that correct for this late '61' model.
 

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I own two NIB blue 4" 3-5-7's as well as one nickel 4" and I prefer the look of the 6" by far. Come to think of it, I need to pick up a NIB 6" LOL.
 

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I own two NIB blue 4" 3-5-7's as well as one nickel 4" and I prefer the look of the 6" by far. Come to think of it, I need to pick up a NIB 6" LOL.
You've come to the right place!!!!
 

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Well i have a 4" am looking to get a 6" .
Judge ,does this one have a dual tone finish or is the lighting just wrong,what about the polished muzzle ? this one does not have it ,is that correct for this late '61' model.
I am not Judge and Judge is much more knowledgeable than me :), but I do know a little about these. These later ones do not have the Dual Tone finish or "polished muzzle". This one does not have Dual Tone.
This gun makes me scratch my head with the SN#. My "very Late 1960/Early61" NIB 4 inch model was one of the last shipped according to the 3rd edition of TBOCF. And it is the only one which I ever seen shipped in a Trooper box. I had heard rumors of this but never verified until I got this gun. There is no doubt the box is original, there are about 4 or 5 things which verify this, stamps on box, box numbered, stamps on paperwork inside, and original test target. Mine is very very close to that 28000 range "cutoff" according to the book. This gun is 1600/+ higher SN# than mine. I know you can never say never with Colt and they may have had some parts left they didn't know about. Finish does LOOK 100% original to me from what I can tell of the pics, but I took this seller off of my "trustworthy" list along time ago, because I have seen him pass A BUNCH of fake stuff. And I mean a Bunch of fake "NIB packages" including the best I can remember, a couple of refinished guns as original.
 

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I have serial number 296xx a little lower than the one pictured on GB in this thread and the Colt serial number look up lists it as 1961 as does Colt when called on the phone. The GB gun looks good with a nice finish. Mine has target stocks and hammer. The GB gun medallions look of an older type to me? I wonder if the stocks are correct on it?
 

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thanks for the heads up. i'm bidding. just kidding to rich for my blood. the gun looks right to me. I have a 4" that I prefer. to me a 4" barrel is the perfect length.
 

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Below you see #30214 - which exhibits enough honest use to suggest the "cutoff" in serial numbers was higher than the previously cited 28000 range.

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Yes I think that is now proven :). Thanks for sharing. I guess they missed that last run of 357s when they wrote the book, and It's still in 1961 which makes sense. This isn't surprising and would be easy for them to miss since in the later 357's, the Troopers greatly outnumbered 357's in that serial number range.
Some things don't make sense at all with Colt, just one example I've seen: my NIB Army Special in 32-20 which dates to 1933 in the official police serial range, and according to the original Railway Express receipt was shipped March of 1937, which I took a gamble on and glad I did when I found out they did make that run.
 

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I am going to make a bold (and, likely, controversial) statement:

THE COLT 357, WITH FULL CHECKERED COLT-MEDALLION STOCKS, AND 4" BARREL, IS THE FINEST HANDGUN EVER PRODUCED BY COLT.

While the color on the photos of the subject Colt 357 is all wrong, the revolver appears to me to have its original finish. However, that is really hard to determine, since we cannot judge the color of the revolver's finish. I do not see other indicia of refinishing.

IMHO, this 357 is original, and apparently wears the original stocks or, at a minimum, the correct style of service stocks.

I happen to prefer the 4" barrel to the 6" barrel, and my favorite stocks are the target stocks - the Colt full checkered stocks, with silver Colt medallions.

Nonetheless, IMHO, any high condition Colt 357 is a fantastic revolver. These are really great, highly accurate target revolvers, great trigger pull, and suitable for anything for which a revolver is used.

In the past couple of years, these Colt 357s have been rapidly escalating in financial value, as people now recognize these guns to be quite superior revolvers. IMHO, the Colt 357 is actually quite a bit better than the renouned Colt Python. I am not a fan of the full underlug, nor do I like the rib on top of the barrel, as both of those features only unnecessarily increase the weight of the revolver and are quite useless.

Next year, the price of this particular Colt 357 will seem like a real bargain, as more people learn what great revolvers were manufactured under the moniker of Colt 357. Next, and soon, Colt Trooper 357s (particularly the early ones) are going to enjoy (suffer?) a similar run-up in price. These are simply my opinions, and I regularly get reminded by my family that I can easily be wrong.
 

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What are the correct grips/stocks for a 6" with target trigger/hammer and built in '59'

Anybody??? THANKS EE like the one's above my post ^^^^^^^^ maybe?
 
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