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picked up a officers target in 38 special this week end at gun show S/N 78161, looked up that number and can't believe it was made in 1961 .I t looks un fired no marks on recoil shield or @ top strap . Is $550.a reasonable price ? I only gather automatics as a rule.
 

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picked up a officers target in 38 special this week end at gun show S/N 78161, looked up that number and can't believe it was made in 1961 .I t looks un fired no marks on recoil shield or @ top strap . Is $550.a reasonable price ? I only gather automatics as a rule.
Either you've posted the serial number incorrectly, or your "OMT" (OMM) is chambered in .22LR. 78161 is a 1960 production OMM (Officers Model Match) .22LR number. The OMT .38's are numbered in sequence with the Army Special (1924-1927) and then the Official Police (1927 - 1949). OMM .38 Specials are numbered in sequence with the Trooper model (1953 forward).
 

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you are correct my mistake S/N 781618 is the correct #it is an officers model target
pictures later. Stamped on left side of barrel officers model target
 

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you are correct my mistake S/N 781618 is the correct #it is an officers model target
pictures later
Your serial number shows a 1950 production year. While the Officers Model Special came out in 1949 the serial number for that model began at 783001. I would assume that you have a very late post war Officers Model Target. These differ slightly from the pre-war OMT's with their frosted top and back straps, grooved back strap and trigger along with the Coltwood plastic stocks. Pictures will show for sure.
 

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Thecoltguy nailed it. Looks like Colt still had some checkered hammers left over in their parts bins when they were building the last of the OMT's. Is the trigger checkered or grooved ?
The switch to grooved small parts and the dual tone finish along with the plastic stocks were cost cutting measures. One of the first things I look for to identify the post war OMT's is the lack of checkering on the trigger, hammer and cylinder release and the elimination of the crane lock screw on the right side of the frame.
 

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Thecoltguy nailed it. Looks like Colt still had some checkered hammers left over in their parts bins when they were building the last of the OMT's. Is the trigger checkered or grooved ?
The switch to grooved small parts and the dual tone finish along with the plastic stocks were cost cutting measures. One of the first things I look for to identify the post war OMT's is the lack of checkering on the trigger, hammer and cylinder release and the elimination of the crane lock screw on the right side of the frame.
Absolutely correct.
 

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I did a display of all the Colt Officers Model Revolvers back in 2014. It had all of the models, calibers and barrel lengths on display so one could follow the progression of the model from 1904-1971. It was interesting to see how the gun progressed through the years.

Does anyone collect the Officers Model revolvers?

 

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I did a display of all the Colt Officers Model Revolvers back in 2014. It had all of the models, calibers and barrel lengths on display so one could follow the progression of the model from 1904-1971. It was interesting to see how the gun progressed through the years.

Does anyone collect the Officers Model revolvers?

Wow, that is impressive! Any museum would love that display...
 

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I did a display of all the Colt Officers Model Revolvers back in 2014. It had all of the models, calibers and barrel lengths on display so one could follow the progression of the model from 1904-1971. It was interesting to see how the gun progressed through the years.

Does anyone collect the Officers Model revolvers?

I have been trying to put together a set of them. My pockets arent deep enough to get all that I want.
BTW I am very envious of your collection of them.
 

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picked up a officers target in 38 special this week end at gun show S/N 78161, looked up that number and can't believe it was made in 1961 .I t looks un fired no marks on recoil shield or @ top strap . Is $550.a reasonable price ? I only gather automatics as a rule.
Check that SN again. My Officers Model Target #317905 in 38 Spcl was shipped Feb 14, 1910.
 

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Check that SN again. My Officers Model Target #317905 in 38 Spcl was shipped Feb 14, 1910.
He did re-check it and here is his reply:

you are correct my mistake S/N 781618 is the correct #it is an officers model target
pictures later. Stamped on left side of barrel officers model target
 
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