First Colt Revolver Lawman MKIII .357 4"??


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Master Blaster
September 30, 2008, 12:36 AM
Hi All, today I ran across a really nice looking Colt lawman MKIII. It has a 4" barrel, and roper walnut stocks (original service stocks not included). I would be buying this as a Colt shooter, my very first Colt revolver. It seems to be in pristine condition and lock up and timing is perfect. The high polish bluing is very nice also, even the trigger and inside of the trigger guard is nicely polished. Is $350 too high a price?,there is no box or papers and the revolver was made in 1972 based on serial number.

I liked the smooth trigger, and the best fixed sight picture I have seen on a revolver with fixed sights. Now I own a few smiths including a M&P .38, and a model 19. So would this gun make a good first Colt?? Anyone have one?? Is the lock work similar to the Python?, or can an ordinary person fix one if need be, like a S&W?

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The Lone Haranguer
September 30, 2008, 12:48 AM
Colt revolvers aren't getting any cheaper. Snag it! :)

These do not use the Python lockwork, but the coil spring and transfer bar of the Trooper MK III.

capttom
September 30, 2008, 10:13 AM
That's a good price. The Lawman Mk III is a no nonsense revolver that'll take a lot of .357 abuse.

keyboard commando
September 30, 2008, 10:25 AM
Nice revolver. I wouldn't worry about being able to fix it,as it most likely won't break or wear out in your lifetime.;)

Black Knight
September 30, 2008, 10:27 AM
That is a very good Colt model to start with. The MKIII is a very good gun. It has been said that it is the poorman's Python. There is nothing poor about the MKIII except the price. Performance wise there is nothing wrong with them. They are near Python quality and performance with a more affordable price tag. At $350 I would grab it.

Jim Watson
September 30, 2008, 11:15 AM
I have seen it recommended to not dryfire the MK III guns because firing pin replacement is a factory job, beyond the owner or local gunsmith. Otherwise they are very durable; "permanently timed" was the advertising term.

If it has real Walter Roper grips, they are worth a big chunk of the price of the gun.

capttom
September 30, 2008, 01:08 PM
It's true that to replace the firing pin, the gun has to go back to the factory, but I've never heard of FP breakage in any of the Mk III Colts. I'm not an expert, however; now that I've posted this, there will probably all sorts of firing pin woes to read about.

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