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Colt Lawman: date of manufacture?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gwb4964, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. gwb4964

    gwb4964 Member

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    I'm new to this site so not sure if I am asking this question in the right forum, so I'll apologize now.

    I have a Colt stamped Lawman MK III it is a snub nose 2" blue 357 mag serial # 01312U. I run it on the serial No. lookup and it comes back unrecognized. I've read the MK III was made from 1969 - 1978.

    Does anyone have any idea how I can find out what date this was manufactured? I've uploaded some photo's to help I would appreciate any feed back.

    I hope I did not get hurt on this one I paid $550 for it but it was in such nice shape I could not pass it up. This is the first Colt I've ever bought and hope it will not be the last.

    thanks,
    gwb4964

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  2. gotboostvr

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    For $550 I think you did well. I'd think you'd be able to make your money back if you decide you don't want it.

    A 357 colt of any kind for 550 isn't a bad deal.
     
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  3. gwb4964

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    thanks this is the first Revolver I've ever bought of any value. I went on line to check it out and just took a chance. I appreciate the feedback.
    gwb4964:)
     
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    Looks like it's in great shape too!
     
  5. gwb4964

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    just a couple of small blemishes does not look like it has been holstered much if any. It has been shot as there is some residue between the barrel and cylinder I have not put it in the tank yet to clean it but it is in very good condition no head space tight I'm very pleased with it.
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    Renamed thread, might get relevant interest then.
     
  7. Jim Watson

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    Proofhouse.com does not show a "U" suffix and I can't get a reply from the Colt look up.

    Call Colt and talk to a human, they have serial number records they have not yet put on the lookup.
    1-800-962-2658
     
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  8. gwb4964

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    Being new to the forum I goofed I did not intend to put Dr. Rob I thought that was were you put the person to send it to. How do I rename it?
     
  9. OARNGESI

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    Great price on it I want one when I find the right one
     
  10. ColtPythonElite

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    1981


    Nice gun.
     
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  11. bannockburn

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    gwb4964

    Awesome buy at that price! Always liked the no-nonsense look of the snubnose Lawman Mk.III.
     
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  12. Lucky Derby

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    You did very well. I knew a guy that carried one in the early 90s. Great revolver. I'd have hurt myself getting to my wallet if I found one at that price.
     
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    If you ever decide to replace the stocks be sure to store them in a safe place. They're proprietary to THAT gun and very difficult to find. Great gun at a great price. Congratulations.
     
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  14. ColtPythonElite

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    X2 on the grips. Fortunately, I have a couple of sets of take-offs laid back
     
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  15. Gordon

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    They we t thru three barrel profiles and unshrouded and shrouded treatments on the snub during it's production.yours is final shrouded configuration Your finish is gorgeous, as is my 1978 version is, I say just prior to Colt polishers strike of 1980 . Going by memory on the detail of strike date but bet I'm close :)
     
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  16. gwb4964

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    Want to sell a set?
     
  17. gwb4964

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    Thanks it is very nice I’m looking forward to shooting it this week.
     
  18. ColtPythonElite

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    Nope....I hope find the missing guns...lol
     
  19. Gordon

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    You know they were called " the ear wax gun " back when they were made. They are Abit fatter than a 2.5" S&W but smooth er for CCW. I had both heavy barrel unshrouded and later shrouded like yours. I miss them .I got more than you paid , for mine , inover 10 years ago.
     
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  20. gwb4964

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    Thanks for the input I just bought a Colt Commando 4" 38 spl. today for $325 in fairly good condition parkerized finish does not have the flaming balm symbol on it good head space and tight.
    gwb4964
     
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