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Old 08-10-2017, 08:27 PM
Patrick Kelly Patrick Kelly is offline
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Colt Officers Model Match.

Todays new addition to the armory: a Colt, Officers Model Match .38 Special. Manufactured in 1962. Over two weeks ago one of my LGSs called me to advise they had several new arrivals I needed to look at. There were a couple of other things that were nice. However, being a long time member of my must have list, this one really caught my attention. It's been a very long time since I've seen one in this kind of condition and with a wood presentation case to boot. I just couldn't swing it at the time, so I assumed it would fly off the shelf and would be gone before I could ruminate on the situation. It was really hard to walk out of the shop without this one and that doesn't happen very often anymore. Apparently, there must be a shortage of people who appreciate fine shooting iron around here, because there it sat. Today, Mrs. Awesome walked through the door with a larger than anticipated bonus check from work and said, "Let's go buy that gun." As an obedient spouse I didn't argue. The shop is having a rough time due to increased competition, in the form of two new glossy ranges opening up in the city. Consequently, the owner's had to dip into his own collection and this is one of those.




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Old 08-10-2017, 09:19 PM
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Nice old colt.

Nice Admiral at your house too. ;-)
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:31 PM
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That is a beauty for sure. Glad that you got it. They are not making any more.....
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:39 AM
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Excellent choice!
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:27 AM
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Nice find!
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:16 PM
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I have the OMS. 1949/1950-ish build date. It's fantastic. These guns are pretty much a Python at a far more realistic price.

Well done, Brother.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:51 PM
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I have the OMS. 1949/1950-ish build date. It's fantastic. These guns are pretty much a Python at a far more realistic price.

Well done, Brother.
Thanks, and very true. All the Python was, was this gun with a heavier barrel in .357 Magnum.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:58 PM
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I'd hate to see this shop go under as I've done business with them since getting out of the Navy in '91. Unfortunately, they're the stereotypical gun shop: a hole in the wall down in the "hood", with their share of goons behind the counter. The range isn't air conditioned and hasn't had any upgrades in the last twenty years. They were able to keep going because of little competition in the area. Now that a couple of other ranges have opened up with much nicer facilities, and employees, they're hurting pretty badly. I did talk the owner down $150 from his initial asking price because of all this. I felt a little guilty about it given the situation, but I have to maximize my shekels too. I was truly surprised it sat in there as long as it did. An 8 3/8" S&W M29 from the owners safe flew right off the shelf. (Thankfully it wasn't a four inch as that would have been a difficult choice.) Now, if I could find the scratch for that pre-ban H&K 93 he just put on the wall...........

First group fired, twenty five yards, off hand, single handed stance. With an unfamiliar gun before any sight adjustment, I'll take it. We'll do better next time.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:06 PM
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Nice find I have its little brother the colt Officers target revolver in 22lr. It's the same frame size I believe.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:26 PM
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That is a sweet revolver.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:50 PM
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Too bad that type of quality and workmanship isn't available any more except in big money custom guns. Its gorgeous.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:07 PM
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Beautiful OMM. Congrats.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:23 PM
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Beautiful old Colt. Enjoy.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:18 PM
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That Colt is a beauty. Nice photography too.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:21 PM
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:13 PM
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Excellent groups. I kinda had the same experience with my OMT 22lr and OM 38.
First shot off hand,two hand hold, marked a bullseye.
The rest were not as tight as yours but decent for the maiden voyage. 25 yds.
Definitely a good omen!
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:14 AM
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My Officer's Model Special & my Woodsman Match Target are my two most accurate repeaters. I say that because my amazingly precise H&R USRA is a single shot.

These three guns range from 77 years old to 85 years old.

They all can make holes about as well as I could, seated at a desk, with a hole-punch.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:15 AM
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:39 PM
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What a beauty. Nice buy!
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:26 AM
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Colt really did make some nice wheel guns. My grandfather is long gone but he loved the prancing pony. I wish Colt had never stopped making them.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:44 AM
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I've got a 1951 Officer's Model Special. This model was only made three years. Mine has a different sight installed, came with Herrett stocks on it, is SAO and has had the action worked over. This model also has a full bull barrel.

I picked it up in a pawn shop for under $300 out the door. They thought it was broken due to the SAO.

We've got a member at my range that collects these things. He's lusting after mine as they are pretty scarce. He has an idea of who did the work on mine with the aftermarket sight and action job but the smith in question didn't mark his work. The member tells me it's only the second one he's seen that's configured like mine. It's been set up as a Bullseye gun.

The finish is rough but internally it's pristine. All I know is it shoots like a laser. All I shoot out of it is 140 gr lead DEWC over 2.5 gr of Bullseye.
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