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Need some guidance/advice on a Colt Trooper

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Twiki357, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Twiki357

    Twiki357 Well-Known Member

    I stopped by my local pawn shop today. For $299, they have a Colt Trooper (357 Mag) 4” bbl with well-worn bluing, a generous rating of probably only about 40%, and the ugliest grips I’ve ever seen. Mechanically, it seems in excellent condition. Bore, cylinder chambers are almost pristine, tight lock up, wide target (to use S&W terminology) hammer and trigger, and a smooth as butter trigger pull. In short, it could be categorized as carried by a LEO for at least 10/15+ years, but seldom fired.

    I don’t know much about Colt revolvers other than that every time I see one I like, it cost way more than I’m interested in paying. The only Colt I’ve ever even handled until today is a Frontier Scout that I bought back in the late 1950’s.

    Any advice or recommendations on verifying condition and reasonable price would be greatly appreciated.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    See the Revolver Check-Out sticky in the revolver forum.

    $300 seems high to me for a 40% gun.
    I'd offer $250 - 275, or $299 with no sales tax, and walk away if they don't take it.

    But Old Colt prices are off the charts anymore.
    So what do I know.

    I'm still buying S&W & Colts in like new condition for about that.
    You just have to wait for somebody to die and go to the estate sales.

  3. If you need a truck gun and don't care if it gets bounced around then go for it if its mechanically sound.

    If you can have a gunsmith check it out for you before buying it do so. This process has saved me from many mistakes.
  4. clang

    clang Well-Known Member

    If it is an original Trooper and not a Mark III, I would be all over that gun.
  5. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't give more than $150 for a gun as described.

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