Richard;this is the 2nd issue of a Colt by the name "Border Patrol"(the first was a very heavy 4" bbl. Official Police,/38 Special,that was issued to the Border patrol in 1952--they are very rare-and priced as such!)
The "2nd issue",was made on the regular MK.III Trooper 4" gun,and in .357 Magnum. According to the Blue Book,1.152 were made in nickle,and 5,356 in a less than polished blue in 1970-75: For all purposes,they are a standard Mk III Trooper with a different barrel roll marking-BUT that makes them rarer & more expensive.
The issue stocks were the wood ones,not the Pachmayr "condoms".
These guns were sold to the public,unlike the 1st issue,that went to the Border Patrol.
Price?? I'll leave that to those who have more time than I do to peruse the internet auctions-BUT,I bought a nickled one in June for $450 OTD. It is well finished and a splendid shooter.
Thanks for the info. It's interesting that this has an association with the Trooper MKIII. My first handgun, first revolver and first Colt was a Trooper MKIII bought new in 1978. It's been gone a long time now. Something like this BP might be nice to have. What are the correct grips going for?
You want to find stocks for a "J-Frame" revolver. That was Colt's designation for all the MkIII guns. Make sure you get Colt J frame, and not S&W, which also has a J frame, but is completely different.
Thanks everyone. Guess I'll see what the BP goes for next Saturday and bring it home if it looks good and the price is OK. I've only got one other Colt wheelgun in the collection and it's a 4" Marshal. A Marshal and a Border Patrol. That's probably not a bad pair to have.
A side note here. Back in the late 1970s I knew an Alabama State Trooper that carried a Mk III Border Patrol revolver. It was issued to him by the Alabama Dept of Public Safety (DPS), the parent agency.