Colt Trooper

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The Colt Trooper in .357 Magnum was considered to be the "poor man's" Colt Python. Internally, it was the same revolver. However, it wasn't as tuned in its action (though there are those who disagree with this evaluation) and it lacked the full lugged barrel and the raised and ventilated sight rib of the Python. Therefore it was more affordable and popular with police officers and private citizens with more modest incomes throughout the fifties and sixties. The original Colt Trooper was introduced in 1953 and discontinued in 1969.


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Colt Trooper

Colt Trooper - .357 Magnum.
Colt Trooper w/ 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper with Nickel finish - .357 Magnum

Specifications

(1953 - 1969)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .22 LR
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6 cartridges
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA


The Colt Trooper series of revolvers has been used in the following films:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Assault on Precinct 13 Henry Brandon LAPD Sergeant Chaney 1976
The Late Show Joanna Cassidy Laura Birdwell 1977
Sudden Impact Police officer 1983
The Terminator Michael Biehn Kyle Reese 1984
Murphy's Law Charles Bronson Jack Murphy 1986
Crocodile Dundee II Juan Fernández Miguel 1988
The Dead Pool Police & criminals 1988
The Mask Police officers 1994
Normal Life Luke Perry Chris Anderson 1996
Normal Life Policemen 1996
Eye of the Beholder Ashley Judd Joanna Eris 1999
Eye of the Beholder Ewan McGregor Stephen Wilson 1999
Jeepers Creepers Police officers 2001
Blood Brothers Chen Chang Mark nickel-plated, 6" barrel 2007
Good Day for It Robert Patrick Luke Cain 2011


Colt MK III Line of Revolvers

The MK III line of Colt revolvers was introduced in 1968. Colt made significant engineering changes to the Trooper, and Official Police models. The company also came out with an Mk III Officer Match (very rare) and a heavy barreled duty revolver called the Lawman (.357 Magnum) and Metropolitan (.38 Special). The result was a line of revolvers that was more economical. Colt stayed with the older engineering in regards to the Python, Diamondback, Detective Special, Officer Model Match, Police Positive and Cobra models. The MK III line was discontinued in 1983. Two, four and six inch barrels were standard length. Finishes were blued steel, nickel and a patented nickel finish known as Colt-Guard.


Colt Trooper Mk III

Colt Mk Trooper with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mark III (Nickel Plated) - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mark III with 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mk III with 4" barrel - .22 Long Rifle

Specifications

(1969 - 1983)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .22LR, .22 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .38 Special
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm), 8 in (20.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 6
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Trooper MK III had adjustable sights and was available in .357 magnum and 22 Long Rifle. Four inch and six inch barreled models were standard. Blue and nickel were the finishes.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Getaway Roy Jenson Cully 1972
The Enforcer S.F.P.D. 1976
Double Game George Hilton Ugo Moretti 1977
Death of a Corrupt Man (Mort d'un pourri) Alain Delon Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal 1977
Death of a Corrupt Man (Mort d'un pourri) Police officer 1977
The Fury Kirk Douglas Peter Sandza 1978
Go Tell the Spartans Evan C. Kim Cowboy 1978
Any Which Way You Can Police officers 1980
Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie Strode 1981
The Thing Donald Moffat Gary 1982
The Thing Kurt Russell MacReady 1982
Blastfighter Michael Sopkiw Jake "Tiger" Sharp 1984
Commando Leopard Klaus Kinski Colonel Silveira 1985
Cop's Honor (Parole de Flic) Alain Delon Daniel Pratt 1985
Night of the Creeps Police officers 1986
Beverly Hills Cop II Brigitte Nielsen Karla Fry 6" barrel modified with laser sight, used as target-range pistol 1986
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Christopher Lloyd Judge Doom Nickel plated with ivory grips 1988
Reservoir Dogs Police officers 1992
The Smile of the Fox Cop 1992
Love and a .45 Ann Wedgeworth Thaylene Cheatham 1994
Canadian Bacon Rhea Perlman Honey 1995
Spider-Man Criminal 2002
Unleashed Bart's henchman Nickel plated 2005
The Devil's Rejects Sheri Moon Zombie Baby 2005
He Was A Quiet Man Christian Slater Bob Maconel 2007
Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead Charles Venn Walter 2009
Kill the Irishman Steven R. Schirripa Mike Frato 2011

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Jon Benjamin Has a Van Mickey Jones Paul Lancaster Jones Nickel-plated, "Breakdown" (S01E04) 2011

Video Game

Title Character Note Date
Desperados: Wanted Dead Or Alive . Anachronistic. Appears only in cutscene. 2001


Colt Lawman MK III

Intended for law enforcement and security. The Lawman Mk III had fixed or service sights and was available with either the blued or nickel finish. Barrel lengths were 4" and 2". The Lawman with the two inch barrel had a shroud protecting the ejector rod. The Lawman with the four inch barrel had an exposed ejector rod.

Colt Lawman MkIII - .357 Magnum
Colt Lawman Mk III snubnose - .357 magnum. 1st Generation. Exposed ejector rod (1973-1976)
Colt Lawman Mk III snubnose with rubber grips - .357 Magnum
Nickel plated Colt Lawman Mk III - .357 Magnum

Specifications

(1969 - 1983)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .357 Magnum, .38 Special
  • Barrel length(s): 2 in (5.08 cm), 4 in (10.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Black Sunday Robert Shaw Maj. David Kabakov suppressor 1977
Telefon John Mitchum Harry Bascom 1977
The Fury Kirk Douglas Peter Sandza snubnose 1978
Repo Man Vonetta McGee Marlene snubnose 1984
Stick Dar Robinson Moke snubnose 1985
Best Seller Shooter at firing range nickel plated 1987
Who's That Girl The motorcycle cop 1987
The Killer Danny Lee Inspector Li Ying 1989
Army of One Dolph Lundgren Santee 1993
Ed Wood Brent Hinkley Conrad Brooks prop 1994
Ed Wood George 'The Animal' Steele Tor Johnson prop 1994
Normal Life Luke Perry Chris Anderson snubnose 1996
Normal Life Police escort snubnose 1996
The Crew Old gangster 2000
Infernal Affairs Hong Kong Police 2002
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy Paul Rudd Brian Fantana snubnose 2004
The Devil's Rejects William Forsythe Sheriff Wydell 2005

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
The A-Team Dirk Benedict Templeton "Face" Peck . 1983-1987

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Gunsmith Cats Roy Coleman . 1995-1996



Colt Trooper MK V

Colt Trooper Mk V - .357 Magnum
Colt 'Peacekeeper' with pachmayr grips - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mk V 4´´ - .357 Magnum

The Colt Trooper Mk V was a revolver first built by Colt in 1982. What separates it from most other Colt revolvers is that, while it has a full lug on the top of the barrel, it only has a half lug on the bottom. Another added feature to this revolver is the addition of a ribbed barrel. In addition Colt switched from using sintered metal (early form of Metal Injected Molding or MIM) triggers and hammers and went with cast steel for those parts and a shorter hammer throw than that of the Mk III line.The Mk V line was phased out in the mid-Eighties and replaced with the Colt King Cobra.

Specifications

(1982 - 1985)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .22LR, .22 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .38 Special
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm), 8 in (20.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 6
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Miami Vice Edward James Olmos Lt. Martin Castillo . 1984-1989


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