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Well, I found it and brought it home with me. It is a 6” Colt Trooper who someone abused terribly. The finish is gone and it has some pitting, but it is a Colt. The trigger pull is phenomenal on the this old mis-treated revolver, but it is a Colt. The lockup is tight as a drum and it functions perfectly. It is ugly but it is a Colt. It was marked 439 and offered 350 and it came home with me. I hope it shoots good.
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She cleaned up nicely ... considering.
 

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I look for these kind of guns myself! However, I will be the first to admit that my brain works different than most people so there is that. I like these kind of guns for 1. The price you can usually get them for. 2. There is always a mistery to them in my mind on how they got in the shape they’re in. Yes most likely, it is a mater of not taken care of by previous owner, but, what if it’s been “rode hard and put up wet”. What if it was some old cowboy that carried it everyday while ranching. What if it’s protected the previous owner from coyotes, snakes, etc. I know, that’s dreaming big for a pitted revolver, but they can’t talk so you never know. I have a couple guns that look like this, they ain’t pretty, but they function just fine. And all this to say…..it is a Colt, and it is cool!!
 

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Yes, I am drawn to a gun like this just like I am to a stray puppy. I finally got around to giving it a good cleaning, that is when I discovered the problem. The rear sight elevation screw is frozen into the frame. I did not force it but soaked it in liquid wrench. Next morning it would turn about an 1/8 of a turn, more liquid wrench. Next day it backed out although very stiff. I cleaned it ll up and re-assembled. It works but not well, I need a new elevation screw which I’m sure will be hard to come by. I will sight it in in a day or two and if it shoots where my pet loads need too I’ll leave it as is. Even with all this I love these old guns. Anybody got a Trooper elevation screw?
 

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I look for these kind of guns myself! However, I will be the first to admit that my brain works different than most people so there is that. I like these kind of guns for 1. The price you can usually get them for. 2. There is always a mistery to them in my mind on how they got in the shape they’re in. Yes most likely, it is a mater of not taken care of by previous owner, but, what if it’s been “rode hard and put up wet”. What if it was some old cowboy that carried it everyday while ranching. What if it’s protected the previous owner from coyotes, snakes, etc. I know, that’s dreaming big for a pitted revolver, but they can’t talk so you never know. I have a couple guns that look like this, they ain’t pretty, but they function just fine. And all this to say…..it is a Colt, and it is cool!!
The story is always interesting. One specialized area of collecting came to my attention a few years ago: "dug" guns. These are old firearms, usually SAA revolvers, with one or more spent rounds in the cylinder and live ones as well. Implies the owner was deceased, and the revolver had lain there for perhaps 100 years or more, and someone dug them up, found either during excavation or by someone with a metal detector.
 

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I have an old Spanish made smith and Wesson clone double action. Reason I bought it was because it is chambered in 32-20 to match my Winchester 73 in same caliber. It doesn’t run 100% and I had to do some tinkering to even get it to do that. I noticed one day inside the trigger guard, there were 3 notches cut in guard. Who knows what those mean. Could be men, could be rabbits, could be anything really. It is now one of my favorite old pistols for sure. But I would take a Colt too 😁
 
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