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Now the Colt guys are going to hate me - Officer's Model Match - wow! :)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. bac1023

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    This year has been incredible for me when it comes to finding and purchasing vintage classics in beautiful condition. I just picked up this like new in box 1960 Colt Officer's Model Match in 38 Special. Its got the Python action and it feels at least as smooth as every Python I own. Its five years older than my oldest Python, so that may have something to do with it, but whatever the reason, the action is truly amazing. The hammer is also shared with the Python, though this has the firing pin on the hammer, unlike the Python.

    These guns share the serial number range with the Trooper, but there weren't too many built in comparison with some other Colt revolvers. They were made for almost 20 years from the early 50's through the early 70's, but in very limited numbers. They are precision target revolvers and were available in 38 special and 22lr. For a very limited time, I believe Colt offered it in 22 Mag as well.

    Anyway, the gun, including the grips, is in absolutely pristine condition. In addition, its complete with the original box, registration, and the test target that these match revolvers shipped with. Most of them came with the larger Python walnut grips, but they were offered for a while with this smaller set. The rarer the better, as far as I'm concerned. The finish is the Colt matte blue, not royal blue, and other than the slightest muzzle wear on the tip of the barrel, it looks like it just left the factory. Lockup is very tight. I don't believe this one saw much range time. I'm hoping to get it to the range on Sunday. :supergrin:

    Nuff said, I guess. Thoughts?

    Please enjoy the pics. Its looks pretty good for a 52 year old revolver, eh?


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  2. countrygun

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    VERY nice.

    I would love to have just the grips for mine. Originals are worth almost as much as I paid for the gun:shocked:
     


  3. bac1023

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    Thanks.

    Which grips does yours have, the Python grips?

    I know most of them did.
     
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  4. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    Hate?......never!

    Now, a little envy might be appropriate! :supergrin:

    ooc
     
  5. countrygun

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    I wasn't that lucky. Some Bubba put Pachs on it. These were the only "respectable" wood grips I could find in a 200 mile radius.

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  6. Metal Angel

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    You have purchased more firearms this week than I have in my life! Congrats!!
     
  7. Bruce M

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    Very nice. This may sound sacrilegious to Colt guys but I like the Match revolvers better than the Pythons.
     
  8. Tim151515

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    Very cool. That a nice looking revolver. I just picked up a Colt today as well..my first, and prolly only. I usually don't spend that much money on a gun, but I wanted to treat myself. :supergrin:
     
  9. RJ's Guns

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    Then I will really offend some when I report that my Officer's Model Match is actually more accurate than my Python.

    I had no idea that the original grips are so valuable.

    RJ
     
  10. Beautiful! The craftsmanship of days gone by is on display with that one.
     
  11. countrygun

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    The last pair of the original to that era (1955) OMM were up for sale at around $90. I did exaggerate a bit. I paid a whole $240 for my OMM about 3 years ago. The owner of the shop said that nobody wanted "An old 6" .38" and he could use the room in the case. I felt so sorry for him I offered him what I had on me at the moment.:supergrin:
     
  12. bac1023

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    I can certainly believe that.
     
  13. bac1023

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    Wow, you stole that thing. :wow:
     
  14. RJ's Guns

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    $240 was a steal. I paid more than that for mine about 8 years ago

    RJ
     
  15. got2hav1

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    Congrats again. That is my favorite of your recent finds. It looks to be in very good shape. I can second your thought on the smoothness of the action and can tell you it is every bit as acurrate as my Python. Mine is a 1959 model with the full size grips. I love the fully checkered grips. Again congrats on a nice old Colt.

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  16. FLRon777

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    This has been a stellar week B! If only you could see the smile on my face when I saw those pics!

    Enjoy!!! :)
     
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  17. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Ban Democrats!!

    bac, could you adopt me?

    I can cook, clean and mow the lawn! :rofl:


    THAT is a gorgeous weapon!!!:wow:


    TGG