SOLD FOR: $1431
Model: Trooper Mark III
Serial Number: Y26734
Year of Manufacture: 1980 (COLT Serial Numbers).
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot DA/SA Double Action Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “TROOPER MARK III / * .22 LONG RIFLE *”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A.”. The side plate is marked with the Rampant Colt. The crane and crane arm are marked with the serial number, “Y26734”.
Barrel Length: 8”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to a serrated ramped base that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation, pinned to the top strap. The top strap and barrel rib are matte for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber Colt branded Pachmayr “Presentation” grip. There are only minor handling marks. There are no rips or tears. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Electroless Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion in the bore, but minor stubborn fouling persists in spots along the lands.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. Beyond a faint turn line and a small nicks on the left side of the barrel at the tip, the revolver is free of major wear or damage. Screws have minor tool marks with strong slots, and pins are not peened. All markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has some light play with the trigger depressed. The double action trigger pull is smooth, a bit on the heavy side, and the single action is crisp. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Trooper includes its serial matching Colt cardboard box with styrofoam inlays and the manual.
Our Assessment: The original Trooper was a heavy-barreled version of the Officers Model Match and was based on Colt’s medium I frame. It was offered in .22 Long Rifle and .38 Special chamberings. Manufactured with fine carbon steel, it was available in both blued and nickel-plated finishes. This example was produced in 1980 and is in great shape, save for very minor wear. It looks for all the world like a contemporary firearm desperately seeking to ape the aesthetic and functional quality of better firearms. But it is that better firearm, a sturdy and dependable Colt as lovely on display as it is in the hand. Even weight distribution, a fun plinking cartridge, this revolver is a treat, and ready for a place in your collection. Get to plinking! Good luck and happy bidding!