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Colt Trooper Mark III .357 Magnum

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Our tested Trooper dates back to 1974, and for this price, it's a bargain. For all practical purposes, the gun is a working man's Python.

Colt Trooper Mark III .357 Magnum

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The Colt Trooper was made from 1953 to 1969. The Trooper Mark III superceded the Trooper and had a redesigned lock mechanism. It was manufactured from 1969 to 1983 in blue and nickel finish with 4-, 6-, and 8-inch barrel lengths. An owner's manual can be obtained by calling Colt at (800) 962-2658. The Trooper III in our test was made in 1974. The Colt Trooper Mark III is for all practical purposes the workingman's Python. Sound good? It features a serrated front sight pinned in place. The rear sight is fully adjustable, and it should be more durable than similar designs since the rear aperture moves back and forth inside a protective frame.
Wear on this gun’s blued finish was primarily at the muzzle—a classic sign of holster wear.
The Colt grip was cut with a diamond pattern and the backstrap was exposed. It filled the hand and offered comfortable control of the gun.
The first round in the Colt needs to be in the 11 o’clock position prior to cycling.
The rear sight is fully adjustable. The rear slot moves back and forth inside a protective frame.
The wide hammer offered an easy surface with which to cock the gun.

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