Grabbed a trooper mk III today


January 24, 2013, 12:03 AM
While she's no prom queen; she's still gonna be dam fun to dance with. Found her stuck behind the counter at a local LGS. Wasn't even out for sale because the original grips were missing and it hadn't even been cleaned yet. Poor thing needed a rescue so home she came. Traded a used Birdshead Uberti for it. Have new shoes from Numrich on order already.

My first Trooper. I believe a '77? How'd I do? Anything I should know about before I ride her hard? Really feels like a beast.

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January 24, 2013, 12:11 AM
nice!!! id love to do some dancing with good score!

January 24, 2013, 12:23 AM
Nice trade! Looks just like the one I had (my first .357), many years ago. I think this one was made sometime in 1978. The only thing I did to mine was I replaced the broken roll pin which held the rear sight in place with a solid one. Other than that your Trooper MK.III should be good to go.

Lucky Derby
January 24, 2013, 01:48 AM
Very nice. Some say it's the strongest medium frame .357 ever made. Congrats.

January 24, 2013, 02:14 AM
The beast with 'Acne Vulgaris' grips looks kinda kool. I would not put new "shoes" on it.

January 24, 2013, 09:33 AM
The Mk III line of revolvers is considered to be a very strong design, excellent metallurgy. However if you're planning on much dry firing be sure to use Snap Caps. The sintered metal that Colt used for the hammer (and other parts) will break without the use of Snap Caps to cushion and it would require a trip back to Hartford to get it replaced. I've owned a Lawman Mk III snubbie for the past five years and it's never given me any trouble.

January 24, 2013, 10:43 AM
I own a Trooper Mk III,,,
It's the handgun I keep in a holster attached to my bed rail.

At the range it's a very nice gun to shoot,,,
It's heavy but that keeps the recoil of hot .357's down.



January 24, 2013, 11:07 AM
Thanks gentlemen. I think I did ok. My Uberti was probably worth maybe $50 more, but I wasn't a big fan of the grip and it was sitting idle. Plus; this IS a Colt.

Cleaned and oiled her up this am. Not sure when it was cleaned last. Shows a bit more holster rub than I thought, but hey, it's a shooter anyway. Now to get those new stocks. Wish they came with silver medallions instead of gold.

January 24, 2013, 11:28 AM
I picked up a Trooper made in '62, 4" variety, 38 Spl., 96%. I love this revolver, original box and stocks, $400 OTD. Trigger as smooth as any revolver I've ever had. Enjoy.

January 24, 2013, 12:12 PM
They are great revolvers; actually my favorite 357 mag to shoot.

January 24, 2013, 04:32 PM

Nice revolver, sounds like you both walked away happy, that's all what matters!!.....:)

January 24, 2013, 06:57 PM
For the first years of production the Trooper Mark III had silver medallions.
It was only later that Colt started using gold on other guns than the Python.

January 24, 2013, 07:03 PM
Thats a nice one in my book, second the snap caps recommendation. A must for the Mk IIIs. A-Zoom for me.

January 25, 2013, 11:02 AM
Thanks for the heads up on snap caps. Not a big fan of doing a lot of dry fire in any gun, but being safe if doing any would be nice. I'll pick up a set ASAP.

Hopefully Numrich ships quicker than they had been recently. I'm ready to try it out!! :)

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