Questions on nickle 1967 trooper trade
A guy wants to trade for one of my .22 pistols and he has a :
1967 colt trooper .357 nickel plated 4 inch barrel, adj sights with factory rubber grips and very nice aftermarket laminated wood grip, nickle in 80% range
He feels it is worth about $500
I am not looking for a collector or a show piece, just as a shooter mostly
sound like a decent deal?
I may be wrong, but I don't think that Colt offered rubber grips back in 1967.
And what make and model 22 is he trying to trade you out of?
The price sounds too high.
First, the gun doesn't have the original grips.
Original Colt grips are EXPENSIVE these days, which is why people rob them off a Colt that's being sold and sell the grips separately for lots of money.
Troopers shipped with two types of Walnut grips, the narrow "Service" and the Colt Target grips.
Rubber grips weren't used on Colt's until the early 1980's.
Look at the rear side plate screw. If the head of the screw is rounded, it shipped with the Service grips.
If the head is flat, it shipped with Target grips.
Genuine Second Type Colt Target grips START at $200 these days.
Next, you need to make sure the original finish is bright nickel. Many guns have been refinished.
Last, an original Trooper in 80% isn't worth $500 even at today's skyrocketing Colt revolver prices, even though factory nickle has a 25% premium on value.
Personally for an 80% nickel Trooper without the original grips, I'd say $400 to $425 is more in line in today's market.