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bombadillo
03-31-2010, 9:32 PM
I am looking at a colt trooper serial number 827xx and wanted to find out what year. I was looking at a few sites but they all seem to have a letter after the serial number whereas this one does not. It is a non shrouded ejector, walnut grips, adjustable sights for windage and elevation "target sights" and is probably in around 80% condition. It looks essentially just like this: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=162869378
But the grips do not have the colt crest in there at all. They're just target walnut grips. I'll post up pics when I can. I can get it for what I feel is a good deal and it seems solid, locks up well, and has holster wear but thats about it. Anyway, what do you guys think the year is with that serial number and what is the potential value?

bombadillo
03-31-2010, 11:51 PM
Nothing Huh???

ZirconJohn
04-01-2010, 12:13 AM
Hope this helps;

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=190429

http://proofhouse.com/index.htm

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 12:48 AM
The big issue is that I can't find any info on any pistol without the "j" or any other letter marked anywhere. There is no letter, just the number 827xx marked on as the serial and the crane mechanism, but no J or any other letter at all leading me to believe it is an earlier version, but with multiple google searches and others, I can't find the manufacturing date.

ZirconJohn
04-01-2010, 2:13 AM
Uhhh; this may be a dumb question, but I want to just confirm..., your Trooper is .38spl... correct?

Trooper 1953 - 1969 All the Troopers from this series had hammer mounted firing pins.

MK III 1969 - 1982 The new model employed the transfer-bar lockwork system.

:rolleyes:^^^Which do you have? We are not done here... not yet.

Z ME FLY
04-01-2010, 4:00 AM
Post up a picture, if you have one without the ejector shroud then it is a very early one. If it does have one then it is a later version. The early one without the shroud is more desired.

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 9:22 AM
Uhhh; this may be a dumb question, but I want to just confirm..., your Trooper is .38spl... correct?

Trooper 1953 - 1969 All the Troopers from this series had hammer mounted firing pins.

MK III 1969 - 1982 The new model employed the transfer-bar lockwork system.

:rolleyes:^^^Which do you have? We are not done here... not yet.

Nope, .357 mag

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 9:27 AM
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/bombadillo08/img1270139143002.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/bombadillo08/img1270139143283.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/bombadillo08/img1270139143566.jpg

.357 magnum trooper no stars and it says .357 ctg on the barrel. Other than that, no markings outside of the colt horse on the side and serial number.

ZirconJohn
04-01-2010, 9:36 AM
Uhhh; this may be a dumb question, but I want to just confirm..., your Trooper is .38spl... correct?

Trooper 1953 - 1969 All the Troopers from this series had hammer mounted firing pins.

MK III 1969 - 1982 The new model employed the transfer-bar lockwork system.

:rolleyes:^^^Which do you have? We are not done here... not yet.

^^^??? :confused: Hammer mounted firing pin, or transfer bar...?

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 9:37 AM
Transfer bar. Its internal, doesn't have the firing pin on the hammer itself.

And only mods on it was some knucklehead decided to paint the front sight with red nail polish and the holster wear which looks worse in the pic I think than it does in person. It isn't really all that bad but with a camera phone.

ZirconJohn
04-01-2010, 10:38 AM
Transfer bar. Its internal, doesn't have the firing pin on the hammer itself.

And only mods on it was some knucklehead decided to paint the front sight with red nail polish and the holster wear which looks worse in the pic I think than it does in person. It isn't really all that bad but with a camera phone.

The Trooper MK III was made with the new design tranfer bar firing pin, and ejector rod shroud. Your Colt has NO ejector rod shroud, but has a transfer bar firing system...

We have a dilemma here...

Trooper Model & 357

........Year......Serial Number
1954 ........1
1955 ........7600
1956 ........8851
1957 ........9701
1958 ........12801
1959 ........17301
1960 ........21601
1961 ........27901
1962 ........32401
1963 ........36201
1964 ........39301
1965 ........43000
1966 ........50000
1967 ........59800
1968 ........67500
1969 ........80800-84616

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 11:36 AM
Huh, I wonder what the deal is. Its definitely no shroud and has the integrated firing pin so I wonder where this fits in.

Z ME FLY
04-01-2010, 7:18 PM
Hmmm interesting... I have the same revolver and I love it so far, haven't shot her yet. Looks brand new. I have a 691XX

dfletcher
04-01-2010, 9:27 PM
This is the Colt Trooper, old model not the MkIII, and shares the same action as the Python and Colt's "357" made in the early 50's. It doesn't have a transfer bar, it uses a frame mounted firing pin. I had a few and they are great little guns.

Here's some serial number info:
http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Z ME FLY
04-01-2010, 9:33 PM
This is the Colt Trooper, old model not the MkIII, and shares the same action as the Python and Colt's "357" made in the early 50's. It doesn't have a transfer bar, it uses a frame mounted firing pin. I had a few and they are great little guns.

Here's some serial number info:
http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Great is a under statement, it's a poor man's python! :)

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 9:45 PM
I just got some aguila 158gr Hollow points I'm going to try shooting through in the next week. I also got an 1894 that I need to put a few rounds through at the same time. It has a sweet trigger and can't be more than about 3.5lbs in single action. Great trigger, great gun with a little wear and some history to it.

Z ME FLY
04-01-2010, 9:52 PM
Did you just recently pick it up? How much did you pay if you don't mind me asking

bombadillo
04-01-2010, 10:12 PM
I basically paid $300 bucks for it. I traded an EOtech 512 that I paid 300 from another calgunner for. I was selling the rifle it was on and usually don't sell things like that but it was for a great little pistol.

Z ME FLY
04-02-2010, 10:18 PM
Good pick up for $300! I paid $450 for mine but wouldn't mind having yours for $300 lol... I'll take some pictures tomorrow, I just got some new wood grips and they look sweet!

ZirconJohn
04-02-2010, 10:24 PM
I basically paid $300 bucks for it. I traded an EOtech 512 that I paid 300 from another calgunner for. I was selling the rifle it was on and usually don't sell things like that but it was for a great little pistol.

Hey Bomb... looks like you got some good info from someone knows this model... nice stuff for sure! Made in the 50's...!!! Nicccccccccce... :thumbsup:

And to ZMF... nice job man... great info. :thumbsup:x's 2

bombadillo
04-03-2010, 8:09 AM
Hey thanks for the info guys. I'll have to look into the serial numbers a bit more as the ones on the proofhouse site is starting at 1953 and starts at 90xxx serial and mine is even before that one.