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Colt Border Patrol Double-Action Revolver and Its Reissue

The Colt Border Patrol double-action revolver original and reissue were both based on different models.

Colt Border Patrol Double-Action Revolver and Its Reissue

Colt’s Second Issue Border Patrol was produced from 1970 to 1975. It was essentially a Mark III Trooper .357 Magnum.

Resurrecting and reissuing a classic handgun is not a new thing. But what Colt did with the Border Patrol double-action revolver was a bit different. Essentially, both the original and the reissue were based on two different models.

The original, or First Issue, was a modified Colt Official Police made for the Border Patrol in 1952. It had a short production life of only 400 to 500 guns, and originals are extremely pricey. A minty 99 percent First Issue—accompanied by the Colt factory letter and original carton—went for $18,400 at a 2013 Rock Island Auction. Essentially, it was a heavy-barreled four-inch .38 Special featuring checkered brown plastic grip panels and...

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