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 with 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


Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Columbo William Shatner Ward Fowler "Fade in to Murder" (S06E01) 1976


Colt MK III Line of Revolvers

Concerned with a decline in its market share because of price increases brought about by the high labor costs inherent in its manufacturing processes, the MK III line of Colt revolvers was introduced in 1969. This made significant engineering changes to the Trooper, and Official Police models. Intended to be the first major advancement of Colt’s designs since the beginning of the 20th century, the MK IIIs used a new ‘J’ frame and had no parts interchangeability with older models. The new revolvers were considered groundbreaking as they were the first modern revolver designs to employ a state of the art transfer-bar lockwork system. This lockwork was not only more sophisticated, but inherently safer due to its superiority to the older hammer-blocking designs; the revolver could fire only if the trigger was deliberately pulled completely to the rear. It also vastly improved on the earlier design in durability, and offered the advantage of employing sintered iron internal parts rather than expensive forged ones. The sintered parts also allowed for improved fabrication tolerances, and could be given a special heat treatment resulting in a harder more wear-resistant composition. Using these parts virtually eliminated hand fitting, significantly lowering labor costs associated with the assembly and manufacture of the MK III line. 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 Mk III Trooper with rounded butt - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mark III (Nickel Plated) - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mark III with 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mk III - .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
Walking Tall Joe Don Baker Buford Pusser 4" barrel 1973
Fear over the City (Peur sur la ville) Jean-Paul Belmondo Commissioner Jean Letellier 1975
The Killer Elite California Highway Patrolman 1975
Syndicate Sadists Tomás Milián Rambo 1975
Adolfo Lastretti Ciccio Paterno
The Enforcer S.F.P.D. 1976
Crimebusters (Poliziotti violenti) Antonio Sabato Commissioner Tosi 1976
Bloody Payroll (Milano violenta) John Steiner Fausto 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 Domino Principle Reser's henchman 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
Le Guignolo Jean-Paul Belmondo Alexandre Dupré 6" 1980
Le Guignolo Michel Galabru Achille Sureau 6" 1980
Le Guignolo Joseph's assistant 6" and 4" 1980
Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie Strode 1981
The Thing Donald Moffat Gary 1982
The Thing Kurt Russell MacReady 1982
The Ruffian Bernard Giraudeau Gérard Jackson 6" barrel 1983
The Ruffian An Indian 6" barrel 1983
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
The Annihilators Bruce Evers Jesse 6" barrel 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
Equalizer 2000 Richard Norton Slade 6" barrel 1987
Rex Cutter Dixon
Robert Patrick Deke 4" barrel
Frederick Bailey Hayward
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
Muscle Heat Yakuza 2002
Spider-Man Criminal 2002
Unleashed Bart's henchman Nickel plated 2005
The Devil's Rejects Sheri Moon Zombie Baby 2005
Skinwalkers Wendy Crewson cult leader 2007
He Was A Quiet Man Christian Slater Bob Maconel 2007
Pulse 3: Invasion Rider Strong Adam 2008
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
Mission Impossible Peter Lupus Willy Armitage 1972-1973
T.J. Hooker William Shatner Sgt. T.J. Hooker 1982-1986
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti Captain Frank Furillo "The Shooter" (S2E17) 1981 - 1987
Hill Street Blues Michael Warren Officer Bobby Hill 1981 - 1987
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

The Lawman was a .357 Magnum 'service grade' or 'police issue' version of the Trooper, and somewhat of an economy model intended for law enforcement looking for cheaper sidearms or private armed security. The Lawman came with fixed sights and no ejector rod shroud. Early Lawman revolvers came with thinner hammers and narrow triggers, but most Lawman revolvers come with the standard MK III Trooper hammers and triggers. Finishes were available in bright Colt Royal Blue, bright nickel, and satin electroless nickel. Initial guns came with narrow service grips, but most come with larger target grips. Nickel finished guns came with Colt medallion-equipped Pachmayr "Signature" rubber grips. The Lawman came with a heavy barrel in lengths of two inch and four inch only. Early versions of the Lawman with the two inch barrel had an exposed ejector rod; but later models with the two inch barrel have an attribute unique to the Lawman, the only Lawman barrel equipped with shrouded ejector rod, resembling something of a larger third-generation Colt Detective Special. As with the MK III Trooper, the MK III Lawman was produced from 1969 to 1983.

Colt Lawman Mk III - .357 Magnum
Colt Lawman Mk III snubnose - .357 Magnum. 1st Generation. Exposed ejector rod (1973-1976)
Colt Lawman MkIII snubnose - .357 Magnum. Post-1976 model with redesigned the frame and added a lug to protect the ejector rod
Colt Lawman Mk III snubnose with rubber grips - .357 Magnum
Nickel plated Colt Lawman Mk III with grip safety - .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
Lila & Eve Jennifer Lopez Eve Rafael snubnose 2015
Lila & Eve Viola Davis Lila Walcott snubnose 2015

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
Archer - Season 1 Sterling Archer 2010



Colt Trooper MK V

Colt Trooper MK V with straight wood grips and a 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper MK V with rounded wood grips and a 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Colt Trooper Mk V with straight wood grips and a 6" barrel - .357 Magnum

The Colt Trooper Mk V was a revolver first built by Colt in 1982. The MK V series was based on a new, slightly smaller ‘V’ frame, similar in size to Smith & Wesson’s ‘K’ frame. Changes from the MK III models were minor and many parts remained identical. What separates it from most other Colt revolvers is that, while it has a full ventilated lug on the top of the barrel (resembling a Colt Python), it only has a half lug on the bottom. Another added feature to this revolver is a "V" etched around the Colt pony near the grips. Other exterior modifications included a compact grip frame with slimmer and either rounded (like the Colt Anaconda) or square butt wood grips; other changes were engineering-based with the goal of simplifying and facilitating production. In addition to exterior modifications, internally 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, as well as improving the trigger action with new components. These improvements made the MK V triggers smoother, while the diminished lock times increased accuracy. As with the MK III, the Mark V series was an entirely new product line of models which included Official Police, Lawman, and Trooper variants. The Mk V line was phased out in the mid-Eighties and replaced with the Colt King Cobra which itself was discontinued by 1999 along with almost all of the Colt revolvers.

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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