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Old 06-02-2011, 03:55 AM   #1
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Colt Officers Model Match, 38 Revolver, 6"

I carried one as an LEO for about ten years and then our department picked them up and issued Smith and Wessons. They were sold on the wholesale market, hundreds of them. I seldom see or hear of them on the market but classifieds show them to be priced on the high side. Are they rare? I would like to have one for old times sake but they are not worth paying a premium price when you can buy a S & W that does the job better for less money.
 
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:23 AM   #2
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I carried one as an LEO for about ten years and then our department picked them up and issued Smith and Wessons. They were sold on the wholesale market, hundreds of them. I seldom see or hear of them on the market but classifieds show them to be priced on the high side. Are they rare? I would like to have one for old times sake but they are not worth paying a premium price when you can buy a S & W that does the job better for less money.
My place used to issue Colt Commando Specials. they dumped them all to buy 2 inch Model 10s in 1975.

And they wouldn't let us buy them.
 
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I carried one as an LEO for about ten years and then our department picked them up and issued Smith and Wessons. They were sold on the wholesale market, hundreds of them. I seldom see or hear of them on the market but classifieds show them to be priced on the high side. Are they rare? I would like to have one for old times sake but they are not worth paying a premium price when you can buy a S & W that does the job better for less money.
Welcome brother.
I don't recall them being all that rare. But you thecollectors market. I was issued a SW Model 10 but switched to a Colt Diamondback. Now those ARE RARE! Hope you find one.
 
Old 06-02-2011, 03:48 PM   #4
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The S&W is a service revolver.
The Colt Officer's Model Match is a target revolver, specifically made for formal Match target shooting.

As such, until Colt introduced the Python, the Officer's series were Colt's premium grade, finest DA revolver.
The Officer's Model was made in several different versions from 1905 to 1969.
It was always Colt's best, and the Colt Officer's Model held all the records back in the days when the revolver was King of the Matches.

"On average" the Officer's Model will easily out shoot a standard service type S&W. As above, the Officer's Model was a real target revolver made for the absolutely best accuracy.

I've never heard of a police department that issued Colt target revolvers for service use.
 
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I traded into one that was single action only with a 6 inch barrel. It shot far better than I could.

I was issued a Colt OP for about six months before they were picked up and Model 10s issued. Our first model 10s were slim barrel with round butt. Later we got heavy barrels with both round and square butts.
 
Old 06-03-2011, 05:22 AM   #6
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When they issued pistols in the Police Academy most of us received the Colt Officers Model Match and about one in ten received a 6" S & W. You didn't have a choice. You took what was handed to you. They were new in box. When the department went to double action only in their revolvers the Colt didn't work very well in this mode so they picked up all of them, sold them on the wholesale market and issued 4" S & W Revolvers, Model 14s. The guys that had the S& W 6" ccould convert their pistols and keep them. Most did.

I had to have my Colt blued once because of 8 years riding motors and it being in the weather. If you see one with the wide hammer that is chromed with little whirlies on the side, it was mine. I would love to know who has it and hope they enjoy the pistol.
 
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