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Colt Lawman MK III and MKV

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by slick6, Jan 12, 2018.

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  1. slick6

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    One is a Lawman MK III 2" Snub and the other one is a rarely seen Lawman MK V 4"...both are mint. Here are some pictures to share with you:
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  2. kBob

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    Nice Colts. Thanks for sharing.

    -kBob
     
  3. If1HitU

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    They are a very nice pair of Colts.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Had both a Trooper Mk.III (4"), and two Trooper Mk.Vs (one 4", the other with a 6" barrel). The Mk.III was a tank of a gun with it's only shortcoming being that it's DA trigger wasn't as smooth or as light as a comparable S&W. The triggers on the Mk.Vs were a big improvement over the MK.III and both were very well built and finished.

    Always liked the look of the Lawman Mk.III 2" snub; sort of reminded me of a modern version of the British Bulldog revolver. Thanks for sharing the photos!
     
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    Carried a mk 3 for several years as deputy. loved it,
     
  6. SwampWolf

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    Which of the two Colts being discussed (MKIII vs MKIV) do most people prefer and/or think is the "best" and why?
     
  7. Panzerschwein

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    Very nice! Too nice for shooting at the current values in those conditions, though.
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    Unless they were unfired and in the box, I would shoot them...I have pulled out a couple of decades old guns that were NIB and said to heck with the next guy...I shot them...I have no regrets.
     
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    Well...the MK3 series Colts have a reputation for fragile lockwork because the sintered metal process used to make the internals was not perfected, resulting in some cracked triggers and hammer spurs. Often, a MK3 trigger will still function and the firer may not even detect the problem as the cracks occur at the hinge pivot. I have personally seen 2 of these on MK3 Troopers- one of which was inoperable.
    Unfortunately, replacement parts are unobtanium these days and Mk5 parts (which are more durable castings) are not compatible.
    For this reason, I would relegate MK3 guns to the safe, but shoot a MK5.
     
  10. ColtPythonElite

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    Might as well shoot them until they break. After that, you can put them in the safe to look at...lol
     
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    Except now you've got a $200 doorstop instead of an $800 revolver.....:confused:

    MK3 triggers are like Schrödinger's cat- they exist in a broken and unbroken state simultaneously- until you open them up.
     
  12. ColtPythonElite

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    Broken MK III guns are are actually far and few between. I don't worry about it happening. I figure shooting an out of production gun has it's risks and I am willing to take them for the enjoyment.

    I have a couple of the Lawman snubs like pictured above. They are nice handling guns for full power rounds. Their heft soaks up the recoil. Tyler T grips make them fit my hand just right.
     
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  13. slick6

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    Well other than style, the MKIV was improved in two ways....first the metallurgy of the hammer was changed to avoid any possibility of the hammer breaking like it had (rarely) happened with the MKIII and secondly the grip frame, hammer strut, and spring were redesigned for a lighter trigger pull and the smaller grip frame made the MKIV to have a shorter reach to the trigger.
     
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    I agree, the Mk.V definitely had a better trigger on it and the ergonomics, especially the grip frame and the grips themselves, were a big improvement over the Mk.III.
     
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    I’ve had many MkIII and MkV over the last 30 years in all bbl. lengths and finishes. All were nice looking guns.

    But I sold them all for one reason. I did not like the action at all, both SA and DA. I tried to cause I’m a Colt guy but couldn’t. My only Colt revolvers are the V spring actions. Maybe more fragile but I like em.

    Also a S&W lover so don’t call me a racist.
     
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  16. slick6

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    Oh no I'd never call you a racist because I'm also a S&W lover!
     
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