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Old 01-16-2020, 03:00 PM
M-Peltier M-Peltier is offline
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Colt Trooper MkIII 22Mag

Ok, with all this talk of the new Colt Python, I ordered mine this week. Who knows when it will be in, so as I wait I have my eye on this really pristine Trooper MkIII in 22 mag. It is about as nice a specimen as you can find. And its as tight as the proverbial bank vault. Trigger is really nice in single action but has the classic stacking at the end of the pull like most factory colts. Is there any reason I should avoid this for 1k or will this be a nice stable mate to my incoming Python?
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:14 PM
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I can't think of a single reason NOT to buy it except money. In fact, I don't know what you are waiting for. I hope it isn't already sold.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:34 PM
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I have wanted a 4 inch version of that for years. Either can’t find a nice one, or the seller wants ridiculous money for it.......congrats on yours
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:03 PM
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I had one Of those NIB and traded it for a NIB colt Government 380 about 30 years ago.
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:07 PM
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Nice. Id buy that thing right now.
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Old 01-17-2020, 03:53 PM
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That looks like a lotta fun, AND it's gorgeous too. I say buy it before someone else does.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:53 PM
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I think you'll find it actually doesn't stack toward the end...or at least if it is, it's some sort of imperfection rather than by design. See, the MK III has a coil spring action (a very good one) and the pull is very similar to a S&W.

I think that would be a great shooting revolver.
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:43 PM
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As others have said.

I would jump on it. Those things are about as scarce as hens teeth. And if you do actually see another one, it will either be beat up or more money.
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:16 AM
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Thanks for the push in the right direction. Its now mine.

Darklord, Maybe stacking was not the right word. But every factory Colt double action revolver I have ever handled has a slight increase in pull weight just before the hammer drops in double action. I have handled a bunch. Its very unlike a S&W double action pull. Now, I have felt some Colts that were done over by a competent gunsmith that were absolutely incredible.
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:49 AM
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Congrats, Man! Well done. Be sure to post your initial range report.
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:56 PM
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Nice get!
Iíll trade ya a NIB Colt Government 380 for it.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:19 PM
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You did the right thing. I carried a MKIII when I was in law enforcement and I really liked them. I shot that gun a lot and never has a single problem. In fact I have owned several all 357. and they were all good.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:26 PM
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Very nice! It's making money for you right now...
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Old 01-18-2020, 06:29 PM
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Congratulations, it looks really nice. Bet we'd all like a range report when you get it to the range.
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:08 AM
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Thanks guys, a range report will be soon. Probably by end of week. I just received back a rifle I sent to McMillan and can't wait to shoot that as well. Im certain the MKIII will shoot as good as it looks.
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Old 01-22-2020, 02:37 PM
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I just picked up a Trooper MK III in E-nickel with 8 in bbl in 357 Mag. Paid 1050 at LGS.

It had some action work and jeweled trigger and hammer. That action is nicer than any other revolver I have ever handled.

Took her to the range and put 12 rounds of Remington 357 mag HTP 110 grainers on target. Real nice gun. A shooter.
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Old 01-22-2020, 10:00 PM
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My first handgun was a Trooper Mk III. Purchased in NC in 1978. Stationed at Camp Lejeune. I wish I never traded her. I doubt I put 100 rounds through the barrel.
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Old 01-26-2020, 03:06 PM
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Got it to the range today. It was 100% reliable. Some old Winchester ammo was tough to extract, but all newer ammo was not a problem. Every round hit the paper. I had several boxes of old 22magnum rounds that I thought might shoot real good just because you hear so much about QC of current rimfire ammo. Well 22 magnum must not have gotten the memo or the old stuff deteriorates with time. All of the newer lots of ammo outshot the old stuff by a huge margin. Shot Winchester, CCI and Hornady. The CCI Maxi-Mags were the best at a little under 1-1/2" at 20 yards on average. The newer Winchester and Hornady were close behind, but the old Winchester and CCI were about double the group size.

New CCI Maxi-Mags, best group of the day at just under an inch (7/8").
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