There I was at a gun store, minding my own business when BAM, a gun jumped out at me.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Rockrivr1, Nov 8, 2021.

  1. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    Goes for the Mk.V as well - even though I'm pretty sure they are not sintered metal parts in the firing mechanism. Pretty sure...
     
  2. earlthegoat2

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    Correct and if I am not mistaken, the trigger and hammer are also a weak points because they made of sintered metal. However these are less commonly broken parts than the firing pin….especially if it is dry fires.
     
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  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Had a co-worker from Mitch-again. He said, "You'se guys" when he first moved down. After a few months it was, "You'se-all guys."

    "Hey, you'se-all guys wanna gotada bowlin' ally, toss a few lanes?" :rofl:

    Nice guy. Hated Florida. It wasn't cold enough. o_O
     
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    And those parts are pretty easily replaced as the MK III didn't require much hand fitting. Apparently the firing pin unit is pressed into the frame from the inside and requires special jigs and was never offered as a part I believe. I think C&S long ago had a replacement for that part when they were factory Authorized Colt repair station . The part pressed in was called the "recoil Plate" GunParts shows it the "Old style" was solid the "new Style" is flanged probable easier to get in and out ..
    https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-manufacturer/colt/revolvers-colt/trooper-mkiii
     
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  5. CajunBass

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    People talk about puppies picking YOU out, not the other way around.

    Guns do the same thing.

    Congratulations. Good find.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    Yep, don’t you hate it when that happens. :D
     
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  7. Piranha451

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    That is a beautiful gun! It is one of my favorite Colt models. However, yours is not electroless nickel as that coating has a matte finish. It looks to be satin nickel and going by the round butt, it is a later model. My Mk III has the round butt and was mfg. in 1980.
     
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  8. bannockburn

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    Congrats on a most fortuitous find!

    My first .357 Magnum was a blued Trooper Mk.III with a 4" barrel and it was one solid, well built revolver! I liked the feel and heft of the gun and while the trigger wasn't as light or as smooth as a comparable S&W Model 19, I thought the Colt handled full house magnum loads better than the slightly lighter weight K frame.

    Only problem I had was a broken rolled pin which held the rear adjustable sight on the frame. It was easily replaced by fitting a section of a drill bit to go in place (had a Colt Gold Cup do the very same thing).
     
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    I have to agree with Gordon on this one as it looks more like electroless nickel plating rather than the "satin" matte nickel Colt used to use on their Combat Commanders.
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    (Not my gun).
     
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  10. Rockrivr1

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    Thanks for the heads up. The date was on the sales tag and I just took it at face value. I'll have to do a little more research with the serial number to see if I can narrow the date down more. First Colt revolver I've owned so not sure of the nuances like I am with S&W revolvers.
     
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  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Try here https://proofhouse.com/colt/
     
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    I think the electroless nickel guns had a bit of a yellow hue to them as well.
     
  13. Piranha451

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    Here are pictures of Mk IIIs in satin nickel and electroless nickel.
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  14. Walkalong

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    The Trooper Mk III is a great gun. I don't have a pic of my nickle one. I only have two nickle guns, and the Mk III is one of them.
     

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  15. Rock185

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    Rockrivr1, That is a well preserved example. I bought a new MK III Trooper in about '73. Only gripe I had with mine was the very heavy DA trigger pull, compared to the S&Ws I was used to.

    I had a Government model Colt with the electroless nickel finish, and a Combat Commander with the satin nickel finish. The finish on your MK III Trooper sure looks like the electroless nickel finish, at least as it appears on my monitor. The Colt satin nickel /"satin chrome" ?, finish was a much more coarse, almost sand blasted looking finish.
     
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    Minding your own business, eh? Addicts need to realize that it isn't safe to visit places where the addiction can be fed.
     
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    Hate it when that happens... lol.
     
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  18. Walkalong

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    "So there I was and BAM!"

    That's exactly how I got this one. Immediately after seeing it, I ran home, picked out a nice one (6" Model 29), came back and traded for it.

    Nickle No Dash M-57
    S&W M-57 4 Inch Nickle - Wood Grips - Pic 2 @ 75%.JPG
     
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    DANG!!!!!

    The Holy Grail!!!!!
     
  20. bannockburn

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    Sweet!

    Had one just like it only with the polished blue finish!
     
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