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Colt Trooper (USA)
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Colt Trooper

Colt Trooper with 6" barrel, left side

Colt Trooper

Colt Trooper with 6" barrel, right side

Colt Trooper

Colt Trooper

Caliber :   .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .22 LR
Action : DA - Double action
Barrel length : 102 (4"), 153 (6"), 203 (8") mm
Capacity : 6 rounds
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Introduced to the Firearms market by the Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1953, the Colt Trooper is a medium frame double-action revolver featuring a six round cylinder, chambered for .22 and .38 caliber cartridges. Designed as a less expensive alternative to the upscale Colt 357 and the later Python, it was marketed to law enforcement agencies as well as civilian firearms enthusiasts and collectors.

The Trooper and its high-end cousin the 357 model were introduced with the intention of addressing the medium frame revolver market, as law enforcement officers had long complained about the weight of earlier models. The two guns were seen as ideal in size and handling characteristics for the .38 Special and its big brother the .357 Magnum. Offered as an alternative and competitor to Smith & Wesson’s Model 28 "Highway Patrolman", the Colts were lighter and handier to carry.

The original Trooper was basically a heavy-barreled version of the Officers Model Match, and was based on Colt’s medium ".41" frame. It was offered in .22 Long Rifle and .38 Special chamberings. Manufactured with fine carbon steel, it was available in both blued and nickel plated finishes. Early blued Troopers boasted a two-tone color scheme with dull Colt Royal Blue on the flat surfaces and a black bead blasted texture on the edges and cylinder flutes. Both Target and Service versions of the Trooper were available, the Target models sporting hand-filling Walnut grips, larger and wider target hammers, and adjustable iron sights. Service versions featured smaller more basic hammers and stocks, and fixed sights. Barrel lengths available included four inch in .22 caliber and four and six inch in .38 Special; the .22 was intended to be used as a "practice" weapon. All the Troopers from this series had hammer mounted firing pins. The Trooper was targeted at the entry-level and Law enforcement service-level segment of the firearms market while the highly polished and expensive 357 model revolver was intended to be their premium offering. Both models shared the same forged and labor intensive hand-fitted internal lockwork however.

After the introduction of the more elite-level Python in 1954, most purchasers bypassed the 357 model in favor of either the Python for a top-end revolver, or the Trooper for a more basic firearm. This development motivated Colt to discontinue the basic .38 Special Trooper in 1961, and to do away with the 357 moniker, so they renamed the 357 as the "Trooper". The new offering retained the 357’s magnum chambering and frame-mounted firing pin, but kept the entry-level revolver’s more subdued finish. The Trooper continued to be offered in .22 Long rifle, and like all .357 Magnums, offered the capability of firing .38 Special ammunition as well.

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