And that is all they will tell you outside of an archive letter and it is based on the same info you used. Again, the frame, crane and sideplate, the serial numbered parts, can be made and "thrown in a bin" for some time before they are barreled, have a cylinder fitted and finished for shipment. Of course I don't know the actual timeline for yours or vent ribbed MkIIIs in general and am just pointing out possibilities.Just called Colt and all they could tell me was made in 1980.
Thanks for the compliment. The MKV was introduced in 1982. A1A is also correct, the frame may have been made in 1980 and could have been in a bin. Apparently that was one of the frames Colt discovered it had after the decision to discontinue the MKIII. It was sitting around until discovered when they decided to fit MKV barrels to them. I would bet your gun was assembled and shipped in '82/'83 despite being made in 1980.Serial Number is 76879L. I based 1980 on the info provided in post by A1A. http://www.coltforum.com/forums/colt-revolvers/12138-da-dates-manufacture-thru-1985-a.html looked like MK V was introduced in 79.
very nice MK III you have there. I have same grips but have them put up so i dont damage when shoting.
Trooper Mark V's were produced from 1982-1987 until replaced by the King Cobra. I have one, passed down from my Dad, and it is my favorite gun, mostly through sentimental value. The Trooper Mark V is pretty identical to the Mark III except for the hammer; can't remember the other differencesA friend of mine just picked up a Trooper MK IV .Any information on them would be welcomed.