Model: Official Police MKIII
Serial Number: J30685
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: Singe and Double Action with Swing-out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Official Police MKIII / * 38 Special Ctg. *” The right side of the barrel is marked “Colt’s PT. F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A.”. The frame under the arbor is marked J30685, which is also marked on the arbor. The left side of the frame behind the cylinder is marked with the “Rampant Colt” logo.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The rear sight is a square groove milled into the top-strap and the front sight is a ramp.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are brown checkered wood with the Colt medallion. There are no cracks nor chips, but the grip screw shows some slight erosion. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is worn at the muzzle and at the very front of the cylinder. There is a drag mark on the cylinder and there are small scratches on the frame. The left side plate has been removed and re-assembled. The Screw heads show some use and minor disfiguration. The markings are sharp and clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lock-up is very tight. We have not fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This revolver is a modernized version of the original Official Police first made in 1927. The MKIII is based on a new J frame with updated lockwork. The original Official Police gained fame with its strength, as it was found to be strong enough to safely fire the .38-.44 cartridge while similar medium framed S&W revolvers could not. This revolver has a smooth double and single action trigger pull plus a wide rear notch, making it useful for target shooting or home defense.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver is NOT on the California “roster of certified for sale handguns”, and can only be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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