The Colt Trooper was made from 1953 to 1969. The Trooper Mark III superceded the previous Trooper and had a redesigned lock mechanism. It was manufactured from 1969 to 1983 in blue and nickel finish with 4-, 6-, and 8-inch barrel lengths. The Colt Trooper III in our test was made in 1974.
When Colt ceased production of their double-action revolvers back in 1999 there was much wailing and gnashing of the teeth amongst the Colt aficionados. It remained possible to get a Colt Python made to special order up until 2005 when all production completely ceased. So in recent years if someone has wanted a Colt double-action they have needed to shop around to find a good used one. So Colt’s recent re-entry into the double action revolver market with their new Colt Cobra is welcome and we hope that goes well for them. But we also observe that the new Colt Cobra is a new design, we don’t know if Colt will be making such classics as the Colt Python again in its original form although there are no doubt many potential buyers out there just itching to burn a Colt Python sized hole in their boringly full wallets
In 1935 you could purchase a Ford V8, read about Admiral Byrd’s exploits, or purchase a brand new .357 Magnum revolver. The first Magnums were deluxe heavy frame Smith and Wesson revolvers. They were and are true gems. But they were also big and heavy. Smith and Wesson would eventually offer smaller frame guns, but the change was slow in coming. When they did, Colt offered serious competition in the form of the Three Five Seven and later the Trooper revolver.