Dating a colt trooper mkiii
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Yesterday at the LGS a Colt Lawman 2" smiled at me. There is no blue wear, but the backstrap has three or four patches of surface rust. There are four or five spots on the left side that are pinpoint spots of surface rust. Why you would pay 0 for a gun that has ANY rust spots alone is totally beyond me, but perhaps I have excessive standards. I recently owned and sold a truly NIB Lawman MKIII with all accessories and just could not bring myself to shoot it.
0 doesn't seem that high to me when you consider that these guns have been out of production for 30 years and Colt probably isn't going to make another double action revolver.
Wow this thread has really brought out the Colt haters hasn't it. I've looked at used S&W revolvers over the years that had problems as well in the interest of fairness.
MY Trooper....is flawless an maybe unfired One issue is a crack on the grip ..
Mine had a stout double-action pull but there are aftermarket springs for them. I do believe that if one is careful in buying (hammer issues) and applies better springs it might make a nice carry gun.
The fixed sights might require turning the barrel a bit but it can be done. I purchased a Lawman Mk III snubby earlier this year for 0 with a nice holster. It is a nice enough gun, but I have no use for it and I am not a Colt collector. All I know is the trigger on mine is super nice and is hard to beat. Of course I'm blessed with a quality gunsmith that knows how to do a proper trigger job without damaging the gun.
The two guns were seen as ideal in size and handling characteristics for the .38 Special and its big brother the .357.