SOLD FOR: $1655
Model: Officer’s Model Match
Serial Number: 78224
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Caliber: .22 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action/Double Action with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “OFFICERS MODEL MATCH / CAL. .22 MAGNUM CTG”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The sideplate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The crane flat is marked “78224 / B”, and the crane is marked “78224”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle at the front and a “0” at the back.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge blade double pinned into a serrated ramped base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat topped square notched target sight that is pinned into the top strap and adjustable for windage and elevation. The rear sight and the top of the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut target grips with silver-colored Colt medallions at their tops. There are a few scattered light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor nicks and scratches, the most noticeable are on the left of the barrel at the markings and on the left of the frame at the front bow of the trigger guard. There are a few little tiny spots of discoloration from previous oxidation, most noticeable on the barrel. There are a few light marks on the edges. There are a couple of faint marks on the cylinder. The action has minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder lockup on this revolver is SOLID, with no play whatsoever when the trigger is depressed. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action trigger breaks crisply and lightly. The action functions correctly. The revolver has a wide target hammer and serrated trigger. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Colt Officer’s Model Match revolvers were made specifically for competitive shooters. The hand-honed action of these revolvers helped shooters win many championships, and they are generally known to be one of the finest target revolvers ever manufactured. The action on this revolver is certainly no exception and rivals that of the Colt Python for smoothness. In addition to its 6” barrel, this revolver has a rear target sight adjustable for windage and elevation and a Patridge front sight. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and the cylinder lockup is as solid as the day it left the factory. No Colt revolver collection would ever be complete without a Colt Officer’s Model in each of its variants, and this .22 Magnum model would be a great addition. Only about 850 of these were made in this caliber so in this condition, this one is truly a find. Those looking for a high-end target revolver should also be interested in this revolver – we weren’t kidding when we said it rivals the Python for smoothness. Please see our photos and good luck!