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Been long time since I posted here, but I'm sure glad to see the Forum doing well.

I've had a Colt DA or two over the years, sometimes mine and sometimes issued. This one popped up for sale and I couldn't pass it.

For one, it hearkens back a time when we sallied forth with a badge, six-shooter, a 12 gauge pump and the confidence that we could whip the world with them.

It also smacks of Charles Askins Jr., who laid many a contrabandista low with a fixed sight DA Colt. I grew up reading Askins and love him or hate him, he knew his business. I developed an attachment to his writings early on and 30+ years in 'the business' hasn't changed that.

Finally, it's an old nickel service revolver with some character marks and I am weak for nickeled handguns. The blemishes don't bother me because A) I think I can correct most of them, and B) I'm going to use hell out of it.

Range report will be added here when it arrives.

 

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I looked at that one at Williams Gun Sight a couple of weeks ago. It seemed in good shape, except for the slight blemishes. It had a pretty nice action, but I passed on it. I had thoughts of buying a MkIII 2.5" barrel, and turn it into a snubby.

Good snag.
 

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Thak you for the 411 on the action, Dennis. I had the Williams rep cycle it, check timimng etc 'over the phone' but I sure appreciate a second confirmnation.
 

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Got my old Colt Lawman in yesterday. It has some road rash on the cylinder and the internals were crudded & caked up something fierce. At least I won’t baby this one.



When I got inside it I found a couple of missing parts; namely, the DA sear detent and the little spring that slips over the trigger return spring to keep it from rubbing the frame as it cycles. Neither keeps the gun from running, but their absence does nothing for smoothness of operation. I will be scrounging up replacements ASAP.

I ran a 48 round revolver course with the Colt, using 158 grain LRN 38’s. The regimen is 12 shots at 25 yards, 12 at 15 yards, 12 in double taps/low ready at 7 and three rounds from retention, with each hand, at 3 yards. Posted a 237/240 with it ‘cold turkey’ so I wasn’t at all displeased.



The gun is regulated perfectly for windage but shoots high with 148/158 grain .38 Specials; I held on the bottom of the orange dot at 25 yards, which are the high shots on the target. It shoots quite a bit closer with magnums. The old ‘Large’ Pachmayrs (which I detest for DA shooting) are worn inside and I suspect some of the elevation problem may be the gun moving inside the grips under recoil. I’m resisting the urge to mess with the front sight until I try another grip.
 

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The revolver is showing potential. Checking the zero with left-overs, I fired four 125 grain CCI Magnum JHP, six Winchester 125 grain 38 JHP & six 38 reloads using W231 powder and Hornady 158 grain swaged SWC's. Shooting was done at 25 yards sitting, gun rested over one knee; six o'clock hold on the dot. The nice little cluster on and above it are 125 grain Specials and Magnums. A little sight work is in order but thankfully, the windage is about as dead-on as you could wish for.

 

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Thanks, spacecoast. Hot loads generally print lower than slow ones, due to the bullet’s shorter dwell time in the bore while the gun is under recoil. I dug through my reloading surplus and found 50 of Winchester’s generic 158 grain JHP for the 38/357. I loaded them over 14.3 grains of W296 in .357 cases, rated at 1400+ fps from long-barreled revolvers. The old Lawman printed these much closer at 25 yards so I blacked the sights, moved back to 50 yards and fired six carefully from ‘hunting chair rest’ while holding six o’clock on the 3” target dot. I still have a little sight work to do, but the revolver shoots well enough to warrant the effort. I measured the group several times and never got a reading over two inches.

 

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That is generally as good as it gets with a fix sighted revolver and at 50 yards that is outstanding. Your a good shot if no one has said it by now. Obviously well suited for past and modern LEO qualification courses and stages but your mag. changes would be slightly slower with a revolver and speed loaders. Ironic that even while outshooting most glock and HK LEO weapons, this weapon would not be allowed for issue under flood of regulations or reasons. Getting back to the shooting side of things, I have noticed with any fixed sighted handgun; on a different day, different light and maybe different targets, the gun may shoot to a different point. And if you have a different shooter, it always shoots somewhere else.

I see you stated you had some sight work to do. Most likely this revolver was made when Colt advertised its laser bore sighting. That is when the barrel was screwed into the frame a laser light was projected to the target so as when the light and the sights met, then they stopped turning the barrel. If it were myself and it shot that well at 50 yards, I would do nothing.
 

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Thanks smkummer. I'm a little OCD about zero and I like old fixed sight revolvers, which are sometimes a challenge to get regulated. I'll carry it around the farm where I get to bust an occasional coyote with a handgun... last one was about 70 yards. I like for them to shoot where they look. This one is pretty darn close and 140 grain XTP's might regulate perfectly.
 

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A good friend of mine owned that gun for about a year or so. He picked it up from Williams and I did get to shoot it that day at their outdoor range. He traded it back to them recently towards an H&K I think. I know he never had the covers off. To me this is a pretty cool story. Enjoy that Lawman.


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