A friend says he has a Trooper 357 5 inch nickel 98% in box serial J4409x even has the test target that came with the gun .This would not be a Florida Highway Patrol gun,would it?Did they make 5 inch Troopers in 1970?Thanks, Lance Maurer [email protected]
If it's an FHP gun it'll have an FHP number stamped on the bottom of the grip frame. Maybe it was an over run that never got sold. The J in the serial number you give makes me think the gun in question may be a newer Mark III. Is he sure it's a 5" and not a 6"? I don't think Colt ever marketed 5" Troopers to the public but they did make guns with unusual features on special order for police agencies. The gun below my FHP Trooper is a factory nickle .357 with a 4" barrel made for one of the local PD's down here in FL. Nickled revolvers were popular down here as duty guns prior to stainless coming around.
I have not seen the gun but it is a Trooper Mark III with original box J4409X,Do You think it was a special order?What would the value of this gun be, and what would it be if he sent for a factory letter?Is this really $100 for colt when only $30 for S%W?How much would this gun be worth and how much would you pay(theoretically,of course,since it has not been offered for sale,primarily since he says he has no idea what it's worth)He asked me to help with what it's worth.Not so easy.....definitely 5 inch nickel.Thanks, Lance
Some Colt letters are $100, but the Trooper, .357, DS, and many others we see postings about here are $75, with a 10% discount if you are a CCA member. I have the 2005 price list if you want to know about a specific model.