1959 Colt Trooper comments/opinions sought.


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pgmrdan
September 25, 2011, 09:52 AM
I'd like to see your opinions/comments on a 1959 Colt Trooper, 4" barrel, .38 special.

What should I expect to pay for one in good shape?

I'm fairly new to handguns and know nothing about Colts.

Thanks.

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Walkalong
September 25, 2011, 10:21 AM
Outstanding guns. Prices really vary. Condition is everything. Do not hesitate to pick it up if it is mechanically sound and the price is good.

pgmrdan
September 25, 2011, 10:39 AM
Do you know if they're capable to safely shoot +P ammunition?

Guillermo
September 25, 2011, 10:55 AM
Do you know if they're capable to safely shoot +P ammunition?

Good lord yes.

they used that platform for .357 magnum

besides...the "+P" of today would not have been considered a hot round, but rather a regular pressure.

The .38 special was emasculated about 1970 and they started selling us the regular stuff as being "hot".

TonyT
September 25, 2011, 12:12 PM
The Colt Trooper was the poor mans version of the Python - no barrel rib nor high gloss blue. The Trooper is an excellent revolver. I have not priced them for ages so Icannot help on that score.

Lucky Derby
September 25, 2011, 12:23 PM
If mechanically sound, they are excellent revolvers. I have two of the .357 versions and an Official Police which is the same gun with fixed sights. Shoot +P as much as you like. As was stated, when this gun was made, what we call +P today, was just standard ammo. I have put quite a bit of +P through my OP. They also had something called .38/44 ammo. This is basically a .38 loaded to .357 velocity. Colt said this was fine for thier guns.

pgmrdan
September 25, 2011, 05:17 PM
Thanks all.

Guillermo
September 25, 2011, 05:52 PM
They also had something called .38/44 ammo

now that was a hot load

pgmrdan
September 25, 2011, 08:11 PM
I got it. I shot it. It's so sweeeeeeeet! :)

I got a box of American Eagle 130 grain FMJs to check out the gun. Tomorrow I'll get something more suitable for protection/defense.

This is the second handgun I've ever bought. I'm amazed.

I thought I'd have to change out the sharply checkered wood grips. No way! They're fantastic.

I've shot .357 magnums and .44 magnums without a flinch. This baby is a piece of cake. Maybe the AEs are light loads and make is super easy to shoot. Defensive rounds may be much firmer. I don't know. How do they compare?

Walkalong
September 25, 2011, 09:23 PM
Congrats.

22-rimfire
September 25, 2011, 09:31 PM
I thought I'd have to change out the sharply checkered wood grips. No way! They're fantastic.

They are also worth a fair amount of money if they are orginal and in good shape. Save them if you switch to something else.

Iggy
September 25, 2011, 10:37 PM
Poor man's Python. You did good.

Tallinar
September 25, 2011, 11:29 PM
I think pictures are in order. ;)

DickM
September 26, 2011, 09:24 AM
A Colt Trooper .357 was my first centerfire handgun, purchased many years ago. I foolishly sold it and have been looking for another ever since. Don't make the same mistake.

USMC8541
September 26, 2011, 10:29 AM
You are a Colt man now, and a cut above the rest.

Lucky Derby
September 26, 2011, 11:44 PM
A good +P defensive round will have a bit more "bite" to it than the AE loads, but not much, especially since you are familiar with .357 and .44 magnums. Take care of those grips. They are worth some serious $$$ if original. Are they the oversize Target grips or the smaller service grips? My OP wears the service grips with a Tyler T grip added. Feels really nice. One of my Troopers has the original Target grip on it. It feels good to. The Trooper that I carry, has after market Badger grips on it. Those are some of the nicest feeling grips I have ever had.

pgmrdan
September 27, 2011, 05:02 PM
"You are a Colt man now, and a cut above the rest." I'll try not to act stuck up. :D

I'm pretty certain these are original service grips.

Now I need some home/personal defense ammo.

Lucky Derby
September 27, 2011, 06:43 PM
Oh, I forgot to congradulate you. Congrats! :)

pgmrdan
September 28, 2011, 11:03 AM
Thanks!

OldCavSoldier
September 28, 2011, 06:35 PM
25 handguns (mostly Smith revolvers and Colt & Sig autos) and just got my first Colt DA revolver...4-inch Trooper MKIII... a few weeks ago....consignment/estate sale...$365 OTD....tighter lock-up than the proverbial Scotsman's nickel grip...smooth trigger...shoots soooooo nice!

Why did I wait so damned long to get a Colt DA revolver?

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