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There must not be enough love for the Trooper. Here is my Mark III. 6", 357 Mag, 1979. I bought in 2010 from a dealer who collects Colts. When I inspected the gun I said the only thing I could find wrong was the cylinder ring, which was very light. The seller said he believed the gun ring was unfired and the cylinder ring was the reason it was for sale and not in his collection.

My first gun was a Trooper Mark III, 4",` bought new in 76 when I pinned on a badge. Sold that and a nickel dick special in 80 to attend college. The trooper was stolen from the officer I sold it to. The dick spl is still in the hands of the friend I sold it to. I wish he would sell it back.
 

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The cylinder ring is normal for MKIII and MKV revolvers.

So what do you call a gun that does everything it’s suposed to do, does it well, sells for little above cost and you would trust your life to? A duty gun. One wonders when these were sold or turned in, if the LEO associated that with moving on to another phase of life.

I have em all, original in both 38 and 357, blued and nickel, MKIII and MKV. The added heft of the MKIII or MKV tames the .357 round very well. I fired my 4” MKIII in a practical pistol match and was told by a young shooter that his dad carried and trusted his trooper. These are still a great entry level gun to get someone hooked on colts.
 

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