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Old 06-29-2003, 09:12 PM   #1
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Colt Officers Model Match or Special?

Please help me decide between two .22 lr handguns. First is a Colt Officers Model Match in 95- 98% condition for $495. Everything looks original including the grips. The other choice is a Colt Officers Model Special in 90% condition for $350. Again, it appears all original. I don't know much about these guns but I understand the Special was introduced in the early 1950's and evolved into the Match during the mid-1950's. I like the feel and appearance of the Match model a bit more.

Is there any real difference between these guns or should I base my decision only on condition and price? Thanks for the help!
 
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Old 06-29-2003, 09:25 PM   #2
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I tried a search before posting this message and came up empty. After scrolling around I did find a nice posting which compared the earlier Target to the Match models. There was a reference to the Special but nothing which really compared the attributes of the Special to the Match. Thanks for your help!
 
Old 06-30-2003, 07:32 PM   #3
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Without looking to my research books: the match special was a post war model inbetween target and final match versions. The special has weird looking sights and I would like to have one at $350-anyday. The lockwork in the later match version was slightly simplified and is supposedly more durable but arguably not as smooth as the special match and target versions were. There are a couple guys here that will correct me or fill in the blanks I've left out. Buy em, buy em they are a sleeper and are going up in value.
 
Old 07-01-2003, 12:50 PM   #4
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Officer's Model Target

Gordon,
Thanks for the response. Oddly enough, I stumbled across an Officer's Model Target version in .22LR as well. I've not been looking for any of these guns but they now hold a real appeal for me.

I'd estimate the Target to be 85- 90% only because of some slight pitting on the frame and some minor muzzle wear. The stocks are pretty amazing-- white with etched flowers! I'm not sure what material they are made of but I'm sure my wife will love them! It was just $400 out the door which seems like a good deal based on Fjestad's Blue Book.

Well, I took the easy way out and purchased the Target, Special AND Match models. I'll probably keep just one and sell the other two after a while. In the meantime, I figure they'll be good company for my 1961 Trooper.
 
Old 07-01-2003, 05:20 PM   #5
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Bravo ! Real smart move IMHO.
 
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