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Okay, went to today's gunshow, and found three guys with some revolvers on the table. I bought the 95% S&W Model 58 w/box for $400, but should I have bought the 98% 22LR Officers Model Special 6" with Coltwood stocks for $450? Or should I have bought the 90% Trooper 22LR heavy 4" barrel target sighted gun with fully checkered grips and box for $425? I think that all of these prices are good to great, but the Trooper might have been a real steal?
 

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Was the Trooper,the "Old Model",pre 1969,without the ejector rod shroud? Both old and new Troopers,in .22 are rare-BUT-I will commit heresy on the Colt Forum,and say that you got the best buy for your money with the M-58,with the box for that price. These M-58's have gone from being a "white elephant",when they were in production,to having "cult status" among S&W lovers. My M-58 is a great gun. Ask this question on the S&W Forum,and you will have guys drooling all over their keyboards at an M-58,in that shape with the box-at that price. Methinks you did great!!! Other 2 prices,IMO,were "fair",based on how you described the guns. Bud
 

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The 22LR Trooper didn't have the ejector shroud, and did have the fully checkered wood Target grips with Silver medallions that screams 1950's to me. I've been looking for a Model 58 that I could afford for years, that's why I bought it. But I started thinking about the Trooper in 22LR during the 4473 check, and started wondering if I picked a gun I could find maybe once every couple of years, and skipped a once in a lifetime chance to buy the Trooper?
 

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While you may not see another early Trooper .22 in person,gun searching has changed drastically with the on line auctions;I've seen a couple there in the last year,and prices are about what you saw today. I bought mine around 1989,and have fired thousands of .22s through it. While "much rarer",these .22 Troopers bring less than Officers Models from the same era;go figure? Bud
 

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I have seen M58s going for $600 lately. They seem to be the newest cult gun with a rising price tag.
I also have seen a few Troopers in .22lr for around the same price on the auction sites. So don't feel like you passed up the buy of a lifetime.
 

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I'm a big fan of the early Troopers. Been buying Colts for about the last year and a half.

Last month I walked into Gander Mtn to buy some lube and noticed an early Trooper sitting in the used gun case for $215. The bluing isn't the best but the gun is in the best mechanical shape and shoots great. It's a 1963 vintage and I'm glad I bought it.
 
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