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Colt Trooper mk III

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 303 hunter, Dec 6, 2012.

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  1. 303 hunter

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    Does anyone make aftermarket Colt revolver parts?
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    For the Mark III and later models, other than lighter weight main springs and trigger springs....No.

    Some companies like Jack First are starting to make new replacement hands, and bolts for the older models, but these parts are VERY unfinished and need extensive shaping before you can even start to fit them to the gun.
     
  3. 22-rimfire

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    Folks with problems with these revolvers are not common. I think the folks that have problems just saw this thread and the "experts" attention was focused here, so they would perhaps get some answers.

    I shoot my Trooper Mark III. If it broke tomorrow, I'd feel bad, but life goes on and I would try to deal with it. I really enjoy shooting this revolver and I hope you enjoy yours. Nothing lasts forever. But I think you'll find the your Mark III very durable.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    I'm sure going to shoot mine. No use having it not to shoot it.
     
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    The Trooper Mark III is my favorite 357 mag that I shoot. It is really sweet to shoot and I would put it up against many Pythons in terms of the trigger and accuracy. But, I have a few of them in 22 and 22 WMR that I have not shot. I viewed them as sleepers in the Colt collector arena, and purchase them when I find them in suitable condition and at a price I am comfortable with.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    My wife shot my Trooper Mk III this afternoon using some light loads. She announced that she liked it, and she's picky.
     
  7. Remllez

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    OP,

    You bought it to shoot....so shoot it....:).....those of you looking for obsolete or hard to find parts don't forget about (Jack First Gunparts.) They specialize in obsolete parts and manufacture them new to factory specs.

    One can find "parts kits" on E-bay, Gunbroker, and the like, also believe it or not Gun Shows! You have to dig around but unless it's truly rare or very old, parts can still be found if your willing to do some legwork and don't mind paying a premium.

    Your Colt shouldn't be abused but it should handle regular shooting of .357's unless you plan on shooting it hard all the time. If you want to shoot truly heavy loads, buy a Blackhawk and knock yourself out.

    I've been shooting a v-spring Trooper for 40 some years and it's no worse for wear. Your Trooper is not the same design but it's still a Colt! The only true way to avoid possibly breaking a gun is not use it!
     
  8. 303 hunter

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    I picked the Trooper up a few days ago. This thing is beautiful! It is nickel finished(I was told it was stainless),with target hammer and trigger. It has a small scratch on the barrel. Other than that,it looks new. Not even a speck of powder residue. Colt's website says it was made in 1972. I haven't shot it and probably won't. I'm going to sell it to finish other projects.
     
  9. rswartsell

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    The Trooper MkIII was the first gun I bought for myself as a 19 year old airman, from a Dothan AL gunshop. The AF didn't pay airmen enough to afford a Python, so it was the Mk III.

    At this point I have owned 3 and I love them. You can tell it isn't a Python action, but it ain't bad. I have never had any trouble with them and believe that it is the strongest double action .357 available. I have a Dan Wesson that gets most of my heavy load shooting but the Trooper gets the rest.

    The Smiths generally get .38 spl or middling magnums. The Buffalo Bore goes to the DW and the Trooper.
     
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    So you are selling it? That's your right. I personally think your price is a bit high, you might just get it what with Colt inflation and all. You may one day want it back though.

    I know the GP100 is a fine gun, I think the Trooper is better on a few scores and possible maintanance problems down the road may be 1 downside. No question in my mind that the Trooper is even stronger than your admittedly strong GP100. The Ruger frame is investment cast and most of the Ruger strength title comes from SA Blackhawks.
    Colt forged frame metallurgy is unsurpassed.

    Each to their own.
     
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