Colt Agent

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    Colt Agent

    I made the mistake of stopping in my local gun shop the other day. I was not intending to buy anything, I have bought too many guns this year already. Then I spied this Colt Agent for $350. Some holster wear around the barrel and missing the little screw on knob on the ejector rod, but other then that a beautiful deep blue, almost new looking. Nice tight lock up. However, I left without buying it. An hour later I came back and bought it. Already ordered a new piece from Numrich Arms and found out the Agent was made in 1976.

    Yesterday I took it to the range and put 200 rds. of 158 gr. lead RN through it. This gun is THE most accurate snubby I have ever fired. I could not believe it. I fired the first 12 rds. single action just to get the feel, but really did not like the trigger in single action. Switched to double action for the rest of the session. The pull seemed a bit long and breaks really differently from my S&W's, but it was easy to get used to. Once I got used to it I was consistently getting six shots touching at 30'. I never shoot that well. I love this little gun.

    I will make a few more trips to the range yet, but am considering carrying this gun. What would be a good carry load? I usually carry 135 gr. Gold Dots in my 342, but would the +p's be too much for the older Agent?

    I just love the classic look of the Colt Agent. Makes me think of those old cop and detective shows from 50's.

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    Nice! One of the snubby Colts is on my list of things to buy. Got any pictures?
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    Neat. I had a pair of Colt Cobras for a while in the late '80s. They're sorta like an alloy framed Agent. One was .38 and the other was .32. I didn't really want the .32, but it was buy the .38 for 250, or the pair for 275.

    Anyway, I didn't shoot the .32 much, but that .38 could shoot!
    It had a very nice DA trigger pull on it. But you're right, it is different from the S&Ws I was used to.

    I was living in the Chicago area at the time, and carried that .38 a lot (Shhhhh), but eventually traded it for a S&W 60.
    I wouldn't exactly hate getting another Colt D frame sometime.

    I don't know what to say about +P. I never used it in mine, but of course mine had an alloy frame, so I was never tempted. I doubt Colt would OK it. They do have rather hefty frames, but who knows what steel they used then?

    On a side note: I used to send a buddy of mine a package for Christmas that contained all the junk I stripped off guns I had traded for over the past year like $10 scopes and such.
    The .38 Cobra had a prior owner's name roughly engraved in the RH sideplate. I replaced it with a Gun Parts Co part, and sent the old one to a buddy in the Christmas box, along with some Berdan primed .30 Carbine brass and some other junk. So it may be traded away, but it's memory lives on.

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    Mighty fine revolver ya got there, Goose. A classic. Congrats!

    The Gold Dots should be OK if used sparingly in this alloy frame. Shoot enough of them to determine POI, then switch to standard velocity ammo for practice.


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    I also posted this on Glocktalk and received the following link:

    http://www.grantcunningham.com/libr...y/coltammo.html

    Follow the link and check under The Library. Good article on old Colts and ammo.

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    Congrats on the Colt - post a picture when you get a chance -
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    +1 on the congratulations!

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    Love those prancing ponies!! Congratulations!!!!

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    They are a fine pistol i have the Cobra version of the agent

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    Great gun...congrats and enjoy!
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    Old Colts are real guns.

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    I had a pair of Colt Cobras for a while in the late '80s. They're sorta like an alloy framed Agent.
    Actually, the Agents are Cobras with a shorter grip frame.
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    Hello. I share your fondness for them.


    This is the only vintage Colt revolver I own. It is shot a bit at the range now and again.

    Enjoy your revolver.

    Best.

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    I owned a Cobra and a nickel Detective Special back in the mid 1970s; both were of the newer design with the barrel shroud. I foolishly traded them in a long time ago.

    Coincidentally, I am in the process of purchasing a Colt Agent (w/ shroud and gloss black finish) from an out-of-state private party. With any luck, I should have it in a week.
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