Colt's Officers Match Revolvers


Thomas Garrett
March 2, 2009, 12:19 PM
Does anybody still shoot the 6" Officers model "Match" pistols anymore? I Have 2, One in .22 lr. and a .38 Special, shoot them weekly, how about anyone else? Nostalgic or what? Or do you think they should be "safe" queens?

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March 2, 2009, 02:21 PM
I have the last OMS made in '51 (according to serial #). its a 6" non-tapered .38 with wide spur in excellent shape. Its semi-safe queen. I shoot it every now and then but its not my main range beater. I take care of it and don't shoot crappy ammo or anyting too hot. Its a nice one for my collection, may even be my favorite. Still shoot it.... what good is a firearm if you can't shoot it?

March 2, 2009, 02:28 PM
I don't know enough about colts to know if this is what you're talking about, but I shoot my .38 Officer's Model Target heavy barrel once in a while. Lovely trigger. Not pretty enough to be a safe queen (well used).

Duke of Doubt
March 2, 2009, 02:49 PM
I've got a 7 1/2 inch barreled Officer's Model Target .38 Special, made in 1911. Lots of character, and a slight timing issue. May need a new hand, so I haven't shot it yet. Probably would be safe to shoot, so long as I check that it's fully locked each shot.

March 2, 2009, 03:12 PM
I have an OM38 from 1941 and an OMS38 from 1951. I put, on average, 200 rounds a month through each. They are nicer to shoot than any other revolver I've used in over 50 years of shooting.

March 2, 2009, 05:32 PM
LIke MMCSRET and y5e06, I own and shoot (including @ Camp Perry Bullseye shoots) a Colt Officers Model Special with the "Coltmaster" adjustable rear sight; the stock undercut front sight and the straight (untapered) barrel. This is a very accurate revolver having a wonderful sa trigger pull that I shoot a lot. Due to the ungainly appearance of the untapered barrel, some Colt aficionados have dubbed this variation of the Colt Officers Match the "Ugly Duckling" of the genre.

y5e06, you said that your Officers Special is the "last OMS made in '51 (according to serial#)". Do you mean literally the very last one made or do you mean they were last made in 1951? The serial no. of mine is 7866xx.

March 2, 2009, 06:48 PM
I meant the last one of '51. I believe '52 might have been the last year of OMS. Don't recall. but there was at least a full year after wards. I say last of 1951 as mine is the very serial number preceeding the number indicated as start range for '52. I think its kinda neat but no real value adder to my piece.


Thomas Garrett
March 3, 2009, 06:47 AM
Mine, the .38 Special was made in 1966, and the .22 lr was made in 1959. both are 98%, still shoot them. And clean them religiously. Also, it's nice to hear others apreciate fine "old" Colt target revolvers.

March 3, 2009, 08:44 AM
Some of the best revolvers ever made, IMO.

I've had this 22 OMT for about 25 years. Was used by a bullseye shooter for a long time firing countless thousands of rounds. I used it for a couple seasons shooting rimfire silhouette matches. First year production for the 22 caliber (1930) it's still tight as can be.

Spotted this 38 OMT at a show in CA about 20 years ago. Still have it.

Recently acquired this 22 OMT. Looking forward to warmer weather to try it out.

Thomas Garrett
March 3, 2009, 09:22 AM
Saxonpig, if your 22OMT is anything like mine, you'll "definately" enjoy it's accuracy. also, you stated "resently" acquired, If i may ask what did you give for that "clean" looking piece?

March 3, 2009, 10:33 AM
It had a $375 buy it now price on GunBroker about 2 months ago and I figured the stocks were worth about $200 so I couldn't go too wrong. It is refinished but I don't see any pitting, rust or other metal damage so I think it was simply worn looking and someone reblued it. The action feels fine.

Thomas Garrett
March 3, 2009, 11:06 AM
Good price. I've also have a "very clean" set of original stocks and a set of right hand Herrit's extra. I'm left handed, so both of mine has left handed herrit's installed. (pictured above). So, i understand the grips are the same as for the Python? a'm i right. and really, are they that expensive?

March 3, 2009, 05:43 PM
Python grips will fit the Officer Models. I purchased a new set a couple of years ago at a local gun show (the dealer had several examples, all new in separate packages) for $35.00. Look around and don't be in a hurry!

March 3, 2009, 05:55 PM
I saw a nice set of early targets like on my guns sell recently for over $500. I also saw a set of nice later targets (from the 1980s) sell for $275. Last week a a 1960s set in poor condition sold for $90. Makes me wish I had stocked up 10 years ago when they were $10 on every gun show table.

This is why you see more and more cases of Colts for sale wearing rubber grips as the original wood will be sold separately to maximize profit. Many buyers (not I) will pay full price for a gun with incorrect stocks.

Claude Clay
March 3, 2009, 06:16 PM
older Colt Target marked COLT D A 32 (

March 4, 2009, 12:24 AM
So, i understand the grips are the same as for the Python? a'm i right. and really, are they that expensive?
Yes, they are. If you can stand Coltwood ones (plastic) you can find them cheap. But I-frame/python grips are very pricey in good shape.

Thomas Garrett
March 4, 2009, 09:04 AM
Ok then, Got a set for sale, Original Colt's with the silver "ponies"and screw off the 1959 model, also a pair of Right handed Herritt "thumbrest" target grips for sale.(Same as the ones i have on my pistol pictures above, except their reversed) any takers, i want to be rich :D. Also a question, i noticed the nomenclature of some of the pistols listed, Mine are Colt Officers model match target, so would they be OMT or OMMT's? Can someone clarify the different models? And tapered vs non-tapered barrels?

Old Fuff
March 4, 2009, 11:37 AM
Some of you (as well as the Old Fuff) might find this to be interesting:

Thomas Garrett
March 4, 2009, 11:46 AM
Old Fuff, Checked it out, looks like a Gen-2, The Blueing looks alittle suspicious, but overall its very clean. Decent price. Thanks for the info, I got to show the wife, see if she'll bite.:evil:

March 4, 2009, 11:54 AM
I'm no expert but I thought the OM Target and OM Match were separate models. It should be stamped on the barrel exactly which model you have.

Thomas Garrett
March 4, 2009, 01:09 PM
I got to look, both mine are Officers model Match, so that answers the question. Whats the difference between "Match" and "Target"?

Old Fuff
March 4, 2009, 03:49 PM
Thomas Garrett:

The revolver is an Officer's Model .38, made during the mid-latter 1930's. The blue is an almost perfect example of Colt's so-called "Gas Oven Blue," that was used from the early 1920's to just before World War Two. As the equipment was junked just before the war it can't be exactly duplicated. It would be difficult to find a better piece. I notice they already have a bid with 12 days yet to run.

For what it's worth, I have done business with the seller on several occasions, and would not hesitate to recommend them as a reliable source. ;)

Thomas Garrett
March 4, 2009, 04:46 PM
Old Fuff, If you see TGAR bidding that's me. Maybe another addition in my collection so my wife can compete against me.:D

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