Colt Trooper


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playball0331
November 8, 2006, 02:44 PM
Hello All,

I have a Colt Trooper Mark III, 8" barrel, electroless nickel finish and pachmayr grips. t is in nearly flawless condition. I believe it came from the Colt Custom gun shop. The trigger is smooth as glass in single and double action modes.

I am curious as to a value, understanding it is not as collectible as the Python.

I am researching for insurance value and sale value, although I have no plans to do so at this time. Is there a reliable source for handgun values, i.e., like the Kelly blue book for cars?

Thank you for your input.

Jim

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dfariswheel
November 8, 2006, 04:18 PM
The 8" Colt Trooper Mark III with electroless nickel finish was not a Custom Shop model, it was standard production, albeit a lower production model.

The satin Electroless Nickel finish was also called "Coltguard".

Value on this gun is variable. On the one hand, the 8" barreled Mark III was not very popular, and most people will offer less for it.
On the other hand, the 8" models, especially in satin Electroless Nickel were very low production guns, so some collectors would offer more.

There is a good reference, called "The Blue Book of Gun Values". This is available through just about any book seller local or online.
Unfortunately, no gun values book will give you a specific value on your particular gun, lumping prices for the Mark III in one entry.
Finish is broken down between blue and bright nickel, with electroless nickel usually not even mentioned, and no breakdown on barrel length at all.

So, value comes down to who'd be buying it.

As a strictly ball park value, most Colt Mark III's in nice condition are selling for from $600 to $800, and possible more.
If you have the original box and papers, price would be on the higher side.

For insurance purposes, I'd suggest insurance of around $1000, with a reevaluation every couple of years, since Colt prices are skyrocketing, and no one knows how high and how fast they'll go.

playball0331
November 9, 2006, 05:59 PM
Thank you for the response.

It is a very nice gun, and shoots much better than my hands can hold it.

No box or papers for it. Oh well.

Again, My thanks.

Jim

22-rimfire
November 10, 2006, 12:57 AM
The 22's usually sell for a bit more than the 357 models. The 22WMR models are probably the least common.

My 6" Trooper Mark III 357 also has an excellent trigger. I have always wondered if someone gave it a trigger job?? I bought it used (as new, but used).

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