Colt Lawman MKIII .357 Magnum

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    Colt Lawman MKIII .357 Magnum

    Saw my LGS has one of these, looks from the photos to be in okay shape. I don't know too much about this model, anybody have experiences? Would it make a good IWB carry gun? Any common problems to look for in a well-used specimen?

    It's blued, 2" barrel, looks like original grip that's somewhat worn but looks nice. The finish is in fairly rough shape, including what seems to be someone's initials scratched in small letters into the side (not sure why someone would do that...), and significant scoring around the cylinder. If I bought it I'd probably have it refinished at some point, but it's not a huge deal, I kind of like not having to worry about cosmetic damage on my carry guns. The ejector rod is exposed, not shrouded, which kind of surprised me.

    They're asking $499, which seems steep considering the finish at least, but Colt revolvers seem to be rare enough that it might be justified. I wouldn't mind having a six-round steel snubby at all. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see it in person tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learjetphlyer View Post
    Its a decent price for what I think is a great gun. My edc is a Colt Detective Special...Other than my Colt 1911, this gun is ALWAYS on me or near me, even sleeping. I had a Lawman a few years ago, and wished I'd never gotten rid of it. For the condition,I'd say it's a little high, but due to the overall rarity of finding one in a LGS, it's not terribly high.

    Here is a pretty good website for Colts.... Hope this helps!
    Thanks! I'd love a Detective Special. Can't believe they stopped making them.

    But, um, I don't see a website link...
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    Thanks! I'd love a Detective Special. Can't believe they stopped making them.

    But, um, I don't see a website link...
    Doh....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learjetphlyer View Post
    Doh....
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    That IS good info. Thanks again!

    The part about the sintered parts makes me wonder a bit. Good to know that a trigger job is unlikely, I'll have to make sure the pull is good as is.
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    ...I had a 2" nickel Mark III for a short while back in the 70s...workhorse of a gun...surely needed a holster...too heavy for pocket carry...I'd give $500 for a nickel or satin nickel...Tx heat precludes me carrying blue...if it's mechanically sound, I'd say it's worth it...
    ...just found my son a 1951 2nd Generation Det. Spl and brought it home...blue w/bone handles...$600...Colts are getting more scarce...

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    RIG is your friend, Snub44, for protecting blue carry guns in Texas heat. Never a rust spec with the use of RIG.

    Sounds high for one with distressed surface finish. The 2-inch Lawman is an intriguing gun and probably a uniquely good way to do a snub .357 Magnum. Really soaks up recoil of full-powered loads.

    A few years back I went shooting at the club range one afternoon with a kid who had a 4-inch Lawman. I took along some experimental .357 Magnum handloads left over from a performance experiment using my Smith & Wesson Model 27. Despite the warning that they were stout and hadn't been worked up in his gun he managed to get into that box and shoot some of them. The Lawman took it in stride. I shot his 4-inch Lawman with loads since he had already "tested" them and found it a very capable and shootable .357 Magnum. This was the first and only Lawman I've ever shot.

    I like from what may be gleaned from examining a few and shooting that one example.

    There's a two-inch Lawman at a pawn shop in Brownwood, Texas priced similarly to the one the original poster found. It's a blue gun with a nice surface finish. Only problem is that it has Pachmayrs on it. Original 2-inch Lawman stocks were unique to the snub variation and are difficult to find. If I was to get a Lawman I'd want the factory stock panels.
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    I paid $495 last fall for the six inch Mark III at 3:00 o'clock. It was built in 1976 and is in around 95% condition with some slight wear in the blue around the muzzle.


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    Thanks, folks, very good info. From what I'm hearing it sounds like $500 is on the high side but still pretty reasonable. If I get a chance to look at it I might try talking them down a bit.

    I might keep saving for a Glock or M&P auto, but I'd hate to let a potential bargain pass on a hard-to-find wheelgun.

    Lima, every time you post those photos, I secretly hope that you suddenly become VERY short on cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I paid $495 last fall for the six inch Mark III at 3:00 o'clock. It was built in 1976 and is in around 95% condition with some slight wear in the blue around the muzzle.


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