New Pony in the stable


Lucky Derby
October 8, 2010, 10:26 AM
So I go into the LGS yesterday morning and what do I see in the counter but a 4" Colt Trooper .357. Nice blueing with a bit of holster wear but it locks up tight, and the action is oh so smooth. It even has the Factory Target stocks.:eek: I fondle it a bit. I think to myself "You have a 4" Trooper at home already. But this one has less holster wear and Target stocks. The other one has Service Stocks" :rolleyes:. I had the clerk put it back. A female customer was in the store and as she was purchasing a 70's era 8" Python that was also in the counter, she said these very true words "You just can't find these nice old Colts anymore." That was all it took. I started the paperwork. The Trooper is now on it's state mandated 10 day quarintine.:cuss:

Serial number puts it as a 1967 gun. My other one is a 1969 gun. One of the last 80 produced before the switch to the MKIII.

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October 8, 2010, 10:40 AM
Sooo jealous. Sounds like quite the gun. :D When it gets out of solitary confinement, post some pics of the two side-by-side.

October 9, 2010, 08:43 AM
Nice find. Post some pics when you get it home.

Lucky Derby
October 9, 2010, 09:43 AM
Yes, I will post some pics when I get it home.

October 9, 2010, 05:20 PM
Those are great guns at an affordable price. I just got one for $350, it's a 6" barrel with both original skinny wood grips and the thicker rubber ones, 1965. I prefer them to the MK IIIs, which if I'm not mistaken were more of a mass-produced gun and have less hand fitting. I know I handled a Mk III recently that had a terrible trigger.

murdoc rose
October 9, 2010, 05:23 PM
gratz on the find

Lucky Derby
October 9, 2010, 05:49 PM
paul7 congrats on your Trooper. They are fantastic, aren't they. The MKIII and MKV Troopers are completely different guns. Much less hand fitting.

Lucky Derby
October 9, 2010, 05:54 PM
Here is a couple pics of my other one to tide you guys over.
It is pictured with my Ruger .44 Carbines.

October 9, 2010, 08:40 PM
The guy I got my '65 Trooper said the trigger on it was just as good as his Pythons.

October 9, 2010, 08:56 PM
Good find! They just don't make them like that any more. I have a couple of the Troopers in 22.

October 9, 2010, 10:37 PM
I've got a 1968 with a 6" barrel, and I love it! It's the last gun I would part with. I'm the third owner, it's got a bit of holster wear, and it accurate as all get out.


Lucky Derby
October 9, 2010, 10:55 PM
Paul, I believe it. I had a 4" Python and shot it side by side with the Trooper pictured above. Unbelievable how similar the two were. After doing that I just couldn't justify keeping the Python knowing what I could sell it for. I had paid $1000 for the Python and sold it for $1400.

October 10, 2010, 08:50 PM
I see what you're saying, Lucky. I could afford a Python but can't justify it when very similar Troopers are cheaply available, that I don't have to treat with kid gloves. If I want to look at a Python I can do that online, I don't believe in safe queens.

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