COLT .357

PRICE: R 5,000.00 Incl. VAT


MODEL .357
CALIBER .357 Magnum
ACTION Double action / Single action
CONDITION Fair used condition

Firearm Description


The Colt .357 was the first double-action revolver model chambered in .357 Magnum produced and offered by Colt’s Manufacturing Co.
It was manufactured from 1953 to 1961 with only 15,000 pieces made between that period.

It was built on a modified and strengthened Colt medium frame, which was innovative and unique for the time as all other revolvers chambered in .357 Magnum were built on large frames.
At the same time Colt also released the new Trooper model which was built on the exact same new, medium “I” frame.
The new 357 and Trooper were virtually indistinguishable without a close inspection.

While the Trooper was to be a lower cost model, the new 357 was to be Colt’s premium model holster revolver with a more carefully fitted and tuned action and a better external finish.
The idea was that law enforcement and civilian buyers wanting a less expensive adjustable sight revolver would buy the Trooper, while buyers wanting the .357 Magnum cartridge or wanting a higher quality gun would buy the 357.

Things got confused in 1955 when Colt introduced the “Super Premium” Colt Python.
Buyers wanting a cheaper gun continued to buy the Trooper, but those wanting a better gun were buying the new Python.
This left the 357 as odd man out, and in 1961 Colt discontinued the 357 model.


This gun is in fair used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
This is an old gun with a fair amount of wear on the barrel and cylinder, but slightly less wear on the frame.
The original grips are still in quite good condition.


Even though this revolver could technically be used for self-defense and sports shooting, it has more value as a collector piece due to its historical relevance, heritage and rarity.

This firearm is suitable for home self defense, as well as every day concealed carry.

This firearm is suitable for use in the following sports:

  • IDPA – Revolver division
  • ICORE – Classic division
  • PIN SHOOTING – Stock gun & Stock revolver

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