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I purchased a Colt Metropolitan at a local gun show in Columbus OH this past weekend. This was the first Metropolitan I had ever seen. Standard grips appear to have been standard service or target. The model was produced from 1969-1972. My serial # is 654460J. Does any one have the correct year. The gun is about 98%. Price $300.

This is the first time I've tried to post a picture.



The Metropolitan Mark III was introduced in 1969 and cataloged briefly by
Colt up through 1972. It was intended as a law enforcement duty gun and was
billed in the 1971 Colt catalog as a ".38 Special heavy 'Bull' barrel--
Designed for handling stability for urban police forces." The revolver was
essentially a 4", heavy-barreled version of the then-reintroduced .38 Spl.
Official Police Mark III, which along with the .357 Mag. "Trooper" Mark III
and Lawman Mark III, were designated as "J"-sized frames by Colt's.

The six-shot Metropolitan had an unshrouded ejector and, at 36 ozs., weighed 2
ozs. more than the Official Police with a 4" tapered barrel. Checkered walnut
stocks were standard though walnut target stocks were also offered, as was a
target hammer with a wider, checkered spur, a casehardened finish and a wide,
smooth target trigger. The thinner service hammer spur was grooved as was the
thinner service-- grade trigger.

The Metropolitan incorporated the changes introduced to Colt's double-- action
revolvers in 1969 in that it employed a transfer-bar safety mechanism, a
frame-mounted firing pin and a coil mainspring (as opposed to a Vspring)
 

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You might want to recheck the serial number. I think you have too may digits, but it looks like a 1971 date of manufacture.
 

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Nice looking Colt Harold. I'm not familiar with the Metropolitan - but it seems any colt revolver in nice condition is worth $300. Enjoy!

I'm headed to the show in Dayton this weekend......
 

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It gets a little confusing here due to the system used to number these revolvers, but it definitely looks more like 1971. The confusion arises due to Colts putting the letter as a prefix some years and a suffix other years, but what cinched 1971 for me was fact that Colt stopped making the Metro in 1972. As an aside, I have just ordered a Lawman MkIII which should be here in about two weeks. It is essentially the same thing as the Metro, except it is in .357 Magnum.
 
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