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Colt 357 Pics. and ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BBBS, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. BBBS

    BBBS Well-Known Member

    Hi, Just picked up this 357 the other day. Was wondering, how many was made in Nickel ? This gun has very minor surface scratches all over it, nothing major at all. Functions perfectly. Think it is collectable, or not?

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  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    People do collect those, so I'd expect its value to rise with time. It may be possible to polish out some of the scratches.

    Dfariswheel will have the definite answers, I'm sure.
  3. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    The 357 Magnum Model is very collectable. This revolver model was a subset of the Trooper line introduced at about the same time. It is reported that less than 15,000 were manufactured by Colt between 1953 and 1961. There is no breakdown by finish that I am aware of (at least publically). Certainly of the 15,000 made, no more than 20% are likely to have been nickel plated. The nickel numbers are probably considerably less than the 20% based on other revolvers where some information is known.

    When introduced, it was the premium 357 revolver offered by Colt. It was finished (fitted and so forth) as well as the later Python model that has been so lauded. Colt introduced the Python in 1955 and it became the premium Colt 357 revolver. The 357 Model is a fine revolver!!

    Go to the Colt Forum as this revolver has been recently discussed at some length. DFariswheel is the expert on these things and he has very aptly summarized the 357 model there.
  4. larry starling

    larry starling Well-Known Member

    nice looking older colt....scratches and all :D
  5. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    Nice, same action of a Python too I think. More collectible than a Trooper? I'd say so. I read somewhere that about 5% of Colt revolver production was nickel plated but I don't know how that plays across the individual models or if it makes your gun more desireable.

    Local gun shop has a Python that is not moving partly because of price, but clerk also claims people perfer the blue over nickel.

    I myself like nickel plated guns but I like old nice Colt blue more.
  6. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    That gun is worth $500-$600 only because people don't know it is every bit as good as a Python IMHO. :)
  7. BBBS

    BBBS Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone, I too heard the action was the same as the Python. It is extremly smooth and the trigger is great. Lockup is tighter than a vault. Are these grips the same as a Python? I have a pre-suffic Python, but I hate to mess with it, just to check the fit. I think it was a good deal at $350.00
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    You got a heck of a deal, scratches and all. Enjoy it. Generally the Nickel guns are more desireable, but as was mentioned with the Python, folks tend to like the blue finish models better. That does not make the gun less valuable, only a little more difficult to sell. I would take it in a minute for what you paid for it and never look back. I would venture a guess that under 2000 were nickel plated, but there is no way to know. I believe I suggested before, join the Colt Forum. You will like it.
  9. BBBS

    BBBS Well-Known Member

    I joined the Colt Forum a while back. Good reading, I have learned quite a bid there.
  10. slick6

    slick6 Well-Known Member

    I really like my Colt .357, pictured below:
  11. BBBS

    BBBS Well-Known Member

    Slick, Man that is nice. Wanna trade? lol
  12. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Beautiful .357! :what:
  13. thatguy

    thatguy Well-Known Member

    The .357 Magnum (and pre-MK III Trooper) uses the same lockwork and stocks as the Python. All Colts have achieved collector status, apparently, looking at the rising prices. I saw a similar gun to yours 3-4 years ago at $200. Now, it would likely take 2-3 times that to pry it out of the owner's hands.

    I have heard that about 15% of S&W production was nickel so maybe the Colt was about the same? Nickel was popular in the South. And Denver, now that I think about it. A few years ago I went to a Denver gun show and I never saw so many nickel plated pistols in my life.

    That Colt is very classy and you should enjoy it.
  14. slick6

    slick6 Well-Known Member


    1)No, I wouldn't want to trade my engraved Colt .357!
    2)I might consider selling it one of these days? It definately, is a beauty!


    1)Thanks, for your nice compliment!
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Slick6: BEAUTIFUL GUN!!!! I have a feeling that it is no $1000 Colt. That's Colt engraving, right? C Coverage?
  16. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    While still beautiful, it doesn't looks like Colt factory engraving to me. Something just looks a little different than the Colt style.
    But it's hard to tell with this old monitor.
  17. slick6

    slick6 Well-Known Member

    I don't know if my ".357" was engraved by Colt(Or, not?)as I didn't care to spend the $$$ that Colt's wanted to obtain a letter from them, on my revolver! Nevertheless, the engraving was beautifully done and, my gun is very "Unique" as I have never seen another engraved Colt ".357" anywhere! :confused:
  18. BluesBear

    BluesBear member

    I agree it is a beautiful revolver.

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