A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, January 30, 2006

Colt Trooper III Range Report

I have been looking for a quality full size double action .22 caliber revolver for some time. My mind has been set on a K-22, but at a recent gun show, I found a Colt Trooper III in .22 Long Rifle. For $365, I could not resist it. Colt Trooper III The Colt Trooper III is a finely polished, well fitted piece of ordnance. There is nothing second rate about it. The Trooper III also came in .22 magnum and .357 magnum. My particular gun is a blued example with a four inch barrel. It sports an Eliason adjustable rear sight, and a pinned ramp on the front of a matte black sight rib. This revolver is heavy. It is every bit a .357 magnum gun chambered for .22 LR. Nothing has been done to lighten it up. Everything has been done to retain the Colt level of quality. The blue finish is luscious. The cylinder closes with a thunk and locks up like a pit bull with tetanus.

Trooper III Best TargetsI took the revolver to the range with a 550 count box of Federal ammo. Cheap Wal-Mart stuff, but not as cheap as Remington Golden whatever in the green bulk pack. I shot the revolver until twilight started to fall, and suddenly realized I had to take a photo with targets. The Trooper III is a pleasure to shoot in .22 LR. Recoil is negligible. The trigger pull was excellent, a little heavy for my taste, but consistent throughout the stroke. There was no perceptible stacking. The revolver was accurate. I could not do this gun justice. Perhaps with some trigger time I can live up to it's potential.

After approximately 19-20 cylinders full of ammo, I began to experience a sticky trigger, and finally a malfunction. The gun locked up. I diagnosed the problem as a tight cylinder gap, and theorized the dirty .22 ammo soot build up was causing the problem. Wiping the front of the cylinder off with an oily patch confirmed this, as the gun was instantly back to normal for another 100-150 rounds. I later measured the cylinder gap and found it to be .002 inches. I might have to open that up just a bit to resolve the issue for good.

This gun was a good buy. Being able to shoot a beautiful, heavy full sized revolver for a penny a shot is fantastic. Did the Trooper disolve my desire to find a K-22? No, like an appetizer, it only whetted the desire for more.

Trooper III Report on GunBlast



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what I hate about guns. You buy one and think "Great, a (.22, battle rifle, varmint rifle, shotgun etc.), now I've filled that niche of my collection!" But then you start thinking; what if I had one with a different length, or a different gas system, or if I had one stock and one custom, or a new caliber. You can't buy just one! Insidious machines, they are.

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your comment on the Colt Trooper , I picked up a Colt Trooper MKIII last weekend at a gun show , the .22 Magnum model for $295 , well I took some ammo with me today to test out the weapon , needless to say the cylinder was for .22 LR. and not 22 Magnum ! I guess Colt made interchangeable cylinders for this gun ! Was able to try out the gun this evening , and it does work great ! Will try and see if there is a source for 22 Magnum cylinders for this gun .

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you can fire .22 LR ammo without any problems even though the gun is made for the .22 mag. caliber. It seems you could, as there is only a small length difference. How about .22 short?

6:18 PM  

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