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These two represent the classic look of a S&W and a Colt. 15-2 from 1965 and Colt Trooper 357 from 1968. Can’t decide which I like the best.










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A couple of very nice guns, but for me there isn't any question, The S&W wins hands down.
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I've always loved the feel of older Colt revolvers but the S&W internals are vastly more robust.

I also like combat-style triggers on a DA and I've never seen that as an option on a Colt.

Nice pair, though!
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Not sure I agree with the word vastly, but maybe robust is correct. I feel Colts are more “robust” in the crane/yoke area. Compare the size in the pix.

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They are both great guns, and neither will be made again.
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A couple of very nice guns, but for me there isn't any question, The S&W wins hands down.
Couldn't agree more in my eyes the colt just never had the same appeal with the exposed extractor, but that's just me.
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Not sure I agree with the word vastly, but maybe robust is correct. I feel Colts are more “robust” in the crane/yoke area. Compare the size in the pix.
If you've worked on them you know the hammer block linkage is downright dainty.

I was never thrilled with the V-type mainsprings, either.

Definitely more metal in the yoke but their frames were a bit more solid in general.

They still feel good in the hand!
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Prefer the 15-2 way more than the Trooper.
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If I were a high school kid I'd ask the S&W to the prom!

ps: I guess that wouldn't be kosher nowadays, would it?
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The cylinder on that bottom one spins the wrong way! Nice though!
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The Colt is a 357 Magnum, the S&W is a 38 Special....
I have a Python and a M 15.
Like comparing apples and oranges to me.
Like both and my Colt is sexier.
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The Smith gets my vote, looks better to me. Haven't handles enough Colts to know how they feel.
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Both, one for each hand.
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When it comes to looks, in my book, the 15 wins hands down. I have a 67 no dash. Had a Trooper for a while. Did not do that much for me. Bob
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Personally, I am not a colt fan with the exception of the python, and the 1911. I have a NIB 15-2 with the same grips you show in your pic. I cannot comment on the Colt being more mechanically sound, but IMO the combat masterpiece is one classy gun!

I forgot I took the rosewoods off, and put Culina Olive wood targets on it
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Colts may hold a higher value, but the S&Ws just look better. With one exception. Always loved the Pythons, 2,4,6 in. They do look cool. Magnum Force was a Clint classic. Colt vs Smith.
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I believe that both of these fine revolvers are the best examples of the firearms industry top service revolvers of the Golden Age of police service arms which, roughly, run from the post-WW II era to the middle 1980'.

Both represent the two calibers that were in service and basically allowed for municipalities, states, and county law enforcement during the years mentioned. They are fabulous examples of the manufacturers art. They are light enough to be carried every day comfortably, yet strong enough to be used for serious law enforcement business.


Your two are simply marvelous and I'm sure that you are happy and proud to own such a pair of the art of manufacture of two of the finest examples of the most reliable and serviceable of police (and civilian) revolvers.
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I think the Trooper MK III is just as attractive as the Smiths, with it's ejector rod shroud. The Smith grips feel better, but the Colt grips are damn pretty......
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