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Hi Folks -- Brand new to the forum and wanted to run one by you for your valued opinions. This one is the 4" Trooper "Target" model s/n: 777xx and was purchased new by my father in either 1968 or 69. Probably has less than 200 rounds through it.

Any info you folks could share would be very much appreciated. As you can see, I also have the original price list and Colt catalog. Looks like it sold new for the whopping price of $134.50.
 

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I bought a new one exactly like that one at the same time. I remember paying $108s at a old cal store in california. I carried that gun for about 20 years on and off my job. I stupidly sold it. Once I had a friend that had some trouble with some slime balls and lent it to him. He said it probley saved his life when they jumped him. (He didnt have to shoot). I own and have owned s&w 27s, a couple pythons and others. Yet were I to go back working I would look for another. They are just as accurate as the python yet lighter and a joy to carry. Here is a bad picture of me and a small buck I shot with it many years ago.

 

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Here are two other troopers I still have. The blue is .22 lr. I had the hammer built up on it to match the .357. Also had identical bigger grips on it at the time. The nickle one is .38 special that I bought a couple years ago. Still wish I would have kept that first .357!

 

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Very nice Target configuration Trooper and a great family gun you have there!!!!

Here is my Target Configuration Trooper; it was targeted and shipped in 1968 and it’s still unfired. This Trooper is in the 79000 serial number range, so yours is definitely from 1968.



 

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Thank you!

Thanks for all the information guys! I guess I didn't even know what I had. Genuinely appreciate the input!

I edited my original post to reflect the fact that this is a Target model. :D
 

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Help an old fella out, how do we know this is the target version??? Is it because of the grips or something else? I have one like this too, a Mark III but I'm not sure if it is a target version or service. I assumed it was service.

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Jerry
 

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Heavy,
Your MKIII is a totally different gun. I had a 6-inch MKIII briefly a while back, but I'm not all that conversant on what grips & hammers were offered as options on those.
DFaris will probably be along to cover those. :)

I do have a Trooper .357, the gun in question.

Target versions had the big "Python" grips you see in this thread and the wide "Python" hammer spur, along with a flat upper sideplate screw under the left-side grip panel.
Service versions had smaller grips, a narrow hammer, and a domed upper sideplate screw exposed by the smaller grips.

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Help an old fella out, how do we know this is the target version??? Is it because of the grips or something else? I have one like this too, a Mark III but I'm not sure if it is a target version or service. I assumed it was service.

tks,
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I don't know that any MkIII was designated as a "target version" except perhaps the Officers Model Match MkIII which is scarce. Aside from adjustable sights which the Trooper MkIII and OMM MkIII had, the variations are in triggers and stocks. Although they also specified TH for target hammer, I believe all MkIIIs had wide spur hammers having never seen a narrow. There was a wider smooth target trigger standard on most models except the Official Police MkIII which had a "grooved" narrow trigger standard. Full target stocks were standard on the Trooper and the smaller service stocks which expose the entire butt strap were standard on most other models. That said, only the OMM MkIII and Trooper had all the "target" accouterments as standard, while most examples of the other models are mix and match with many examples of the other models also sporting target triggers and stocks and with their box labels boldly stating TH, TT and TS. So the question is mostly just which mix of options do you have? HTH :)
 

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question on upper sideplate screws

My Mark III, L61XXX, does not have the upper sideplate screws shown and described in this thread. There is a large screw that holds the sideplate but it is lower very near the large spring.

How would I determine which type of stocks mine came with? It currently sports Pachmayer Presentation Grips marked Colt J Frame Large and I want to get the correct Colt wood stocks.

Thanks for any input. Bill
 

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Bill,
Your MKIII is a totally different gun.
The sideplate screws I refered to are ONLY concerning the Trooper .357, in this case.

The flat screw was to allow the larger "Python" style grips to fit flush, since the panel covered the screw.
The domed head was used with the service version, since its smaller grips did not cover that screw.

These do not apply to your MKIII.
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Thank you Denis

I appreciate your comments and thank your for clearing this up for me.

Do you know if the Trooper Mark III ever came with a version of Colt's "service" size stocks?

Regards, Bill
 
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