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Model: Officer’s Model Target 3rd Issue
Serial Number: 86404
Year of Manufacture: 1967 (www.Coltsmfg.com)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single Action/Double Action Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “*OFFICER’S MODEL MATCH / CAL. 22 LONG RIFLE”. The right of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The left sideplate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The crane and opposing flat are marked with the serial number. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle at the front and a partial “O” at the rear.
Barrel Length: The slightly-tapered barrel is 6” in length.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade is pinned into a slotted base on the barrel and adjustable for elevation. There rear sight is a square notched flat-topped sight that is dovetailed into the top strap and is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with nickel plated “Rampant Colt” medallions at the top of each grip. Outside of a few marks on the butt areas and a few tiny compression marks in the checkers, there are no notable damages. The grips rate in about Fine to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is a bright blue with a matte finish on the top strap. The backstrap and trigger are serrated.
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is thinning at the front edges of the barrel and multiple small marks are found on the trigger guard. The right of the frame has a spot of surface erosion which does not immediately attract the eye, please see our pictures. The ejector rod has normal operational wear. The checkering on the hammer shows very light wear and is still crisp to the touch. The knurling on the ejector rod is sharp, as-is the checkering on the backstrap. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder lockup on this revolver is SOLID, with no play whatsoever. The double action trigger is VERY smooth and the single action trigger breaks cleanly and lightly. The action functions correctly. 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: The revolver comes in a two piece Colt factory cardboard box, the end label of the lid was left blank for the serial number and indicates a blue finish, 6″ barrel and .22 LR cartridge, which is correct, however this label is over another factory label we could not read. The box has light roughing at the edges and outer areas, the inside has mild compression from storage, rating in Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Colt Officer’s Model revolvers were made 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; this pistol’s action easily beats most single action revolvers made within the last 20 years. In addition to its 6” barrel, this revolver has a rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation. This revolver is in about Excellent condition with about 95% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. The action is smooth and the cylinder lockup is as solid as the day it left the factory. This is a very nice looking revolver, so please see our pictures. No Colt revolver collection would ever be complete without a Colt Officer’s Model in each of its variants, and it might be a very long time before anyone finds a 5th Issue in this nice of condition again.