Colt Expert needed

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    Colt Expert needed

    I posted this elsewhere but haven't gotten much response. I am trying to find out more about this gun.

    I saw a Colt Trooper today in .38 caliber. Condition is good. About 85 percent on the bluing. Some obvious wear of the bluing at the end of the barrel and on the sharp edges of the frame. Lock up is rock solid, the rifling in the barrel is very good condition, and the cylinder gap is less than .008. Grips appear to be orginal and in very good condition. What would be a good price for this gun. Asking price was 625.00. Also how old is this Colt , serial number is 7320X. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.








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    I'm hardly an expert, but I keep my eye out for certain Colt models to add to the collection. Unless this gun has some special history to it (maybe a Border Patrol gun?), I'd say the asking price is high. Yes, it's a Target model, but I've seen cleaner Troopers, even .357s, sell for around $500 out here (Phoenix area).
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    O.D. is the Colt expert on here. PM him. He can tell you all about it.
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    That asking price is way too high for a Colt Trooper in that condition & in .38 SPL. Pass on it. Don't walk away from it - Run away from it.

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    That gun is worth $400 MAX in it's condition. I have bought and sold many and they just aren't pythons!!!
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    That Trooper is from 1968, they were discontinued in 1969, being replaced by the Trooper Mark III (there was never a Trooper Mark II, one of many Colt quirks ).

    They are great shooters, but that example is a little high for it's condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    That Trooper is from 1968, they were discontinued in 1969, being replaced by the Trooper Mark III (there was never a Trooper Mark II, one of many Colt quirks ).

    They are great shooters, but that example is a little high for it's condition.
    Great thanks for the reply.
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    You're quite welcome, sir.
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    Looks a lot like my first issue carry revolver. It's worth about $400 but mine would not be for sale. I bought all my service weapons when we transitioned to something new. I think I paid $100 for it in '74 or '75 when we went to the MKIII's. That was a lot considering I made $676 a month gross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royal barnes View Post
    Looks a lot like my first issue carry revolver. It's worth about $400 but mine would not be for sale. I bought all my service weapons when we transitioned to something new. I think I paid $100 for it in '74 or '75 when we went to the MKIII's. That was a lot considering I made $676 a month gross.
    I take it 100.00 wouldn't get it now! LOL. It seems to be a nice pistol. I did end up buying this one. Can't wait to shoot it.
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    Nope. I have the Trooper, Trooper MKIII, Colt Detective Special, Smith 66 in 2 1/2" and 4" and a Smith 1076. I carried them all between 1973 and 1999.

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