Model: Trooper Mark III
Serial Number: L36121
Year of Manufacture: 1969 - 1982, Exact Date Unknown
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Double and Single Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked "Trooper MK III / * 357 Magnum Ctg. *". The Rampant Colt is on the left side of the frame. The right side of the barrel is marked "Colt's PT. FA. Mfg. Co. Hartford. Conn. U.S.A.". The arbor is marked "L36121", as is the frame under the arbor.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a fixed (pinned) ramp front sight on a rib and a winage and elevation adjustable rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock(s) is/are checkered rubber, finger groove grips. The grips show some wear and marking throughout, but remain sound. Overall, the grips rate in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The rifling is sharp and bright with just a bit of fouling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 93% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows surface wear and losses. There is muzzle wear on both sides of the barrel. There are light surface scratches at "Trooper", on the left side of the frame, just behind the barrel and on the left side of the frame, at the cliinder latch. There is a mild drag line on the cylinder. The Screw heads are sharp, but showing light turning. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action. We have not fired this revolver.
Box & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: 'In 1969, an entirely new product line of revolvers dubbed the MK III series debuted. Intended to be the first major advancement of Colt’s designs since the beginning of the 20th century, the MK III series used a new ‘J’ frame and had no parts interchangeability with older models. The new revolvers were considered groundbreaking as they were the first modern revolver designs to employ a state of the art transfer-bar lockwork system. This lockwork was not only more sophisticated, but inherently safer due to its superiority to the older hammer-blocking designs; the revolver could fire only if the trigger was deliberately pulled completely to the rear. It also vastly improved on the earlier design in durability, and offered the advantage of employing sintered iron internal parts rather than expensive forged ones. The sintered parts also allowed for improved fabrication tolerances, and could be given a special heat treatment resulting in a harder more wear-resistant composition. Using these parts virtually eliminated hand fitting, significantly lowering labor costs associated with the assembly and manufacture of the MK III line. (R.K. Campbell. "Colt's Trooper", Gunblast Web site)' Its not a Python, but it’s the next best thing… and safer.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver is not on the California "roster of certified for sale handguns", and can only be sold in California as a Privcate Party Transfer (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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