Model 357


PDA






zombie1210
September 24, 2010, 05:43 PM
Colt Model 357

Ser. 1xxx

Some people call these "Pre Pythons".

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slick6
September 24, 2010, 05:57 PM
Hey, that's a real nice Model .357! Did you just acquire it-or, did you just pull it out of your safe to take pictures of it? Is it in good mechanical condition-and, with the cylinder timing correct? Do ya want to sell it?

zombie1210
September 24, 2010, 06:03 PM
I stumbled across it today. Its almost like brand new. Timing is perfect. DA trigger is smooth as butter. SA is super crisp. They knew how to make them back in 1953.

and.....NO.

Here's some info:

In 1953 Colt introduced two new DA revolvers, the premium Model 357 and the "Budget" Trooper.

The Model 357 was intended to be Colt's premium holster gun, and the Trooper was to be for sales to police and civilians wanting a similar but cheaper gun.

The Model 357 was available with 4" or 6" barrel, blued finish, and choice of Target hammer and grips, or Service hammer and grips.
Caliber was 357 Magnum, only.
The Model 357 had the firing pin mounted in the frame, and was the first Colt made so.

The Trooper was really not much more than an Officer's Model Match with a different barrel.
Calibers were .38 Special and .22LR, only.
Barrels were 4" and 6", with the .22LR being available in 4", only.
Finishes were blue or bright nickel, and choice of Target hammer and grips, or Service hammer and grips.
In these early Troopers the firing pin was mounted on the hammer, like the Official Police and Officer's Models.

The early Model 357 and Trooper had Colt's 1950's finish of a "two-tone" bluing where the sides were polished, but the "edges" of the frame and the flutes in the cylinder were bead blasted to a dull black finish.

oldfool
September 24, 2010, 10:25 PM
If I were you, I wouldn't shoot it...
I would send to me, to shoot it for you

NICE !
:)

BCCL
September 24, 2010, 10:41 PM
Used to have one just like it, really wished I hadn't sold it!!!!!

Shear_stress
September 24, 2010, 10:44 PM
Gorgeous! A great find in great condition!

Gordon
September 25, 2010, 04:15 AM
Arguably (by those who actually used them) the finest combat revolver ever made. I know mine is with Fuzzy Farrant grips. The grips on your gun are worth $150 ;)

CajunBass
September 25, 2010, 05:54 AM
Looks a lot like my 1950 Official Police (but in a lot better shape). Different hammer and sights. My OP has those same grips on it. Very comfortable grips.

A very nice revolver you got there. :D

Lucky Derby
September 25, 2010, 11:43 AM
Very nice. A fine wheelgun.

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