Limited Edition Ruger GP100 Gold Trigger/Hammer: Price????


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GunNut
December 21, 2006, 12:16 AM
I was looking at a like new in box Ruger GP100 today that has gold accents on the trigger and hammer. The gun also has Rosewood fingergroove grips with "Limited" on them.

What is this gun worth and does anyone have one?

Any info would be appreciated.

Steve




Here is a pic of one that i found on gunsamerica.

http://images.gunsamerica.com/upload/976797312-1.jpg

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Jim March
December 21, 2006, 12:23 AM
It's pimpalicious!

:scrutiny:

There's a couple at $700 at Gunsamerica:

http://gunsamerica.com/search.cgi?lowprice=0&highprice=99999999&age=0&uid=&words=gold&category=2310&state=All

I would bet that other than the gold-dipped bits and grip, it's a standard GP100. I'm not a collector and don't follow the collector scene, but...I'd be willing to bet this is a poor long-term investment.

That link will also take you to a 44-40 Redhawk. Now THAT is bizarre enough to maybe one day interest a collector.

GunNut
December 21, 2006, 12:28 AM
Jim,

Thanks for the reply.

What do you think would be a fair price?

Steve

Jim March
December 21, 2006, 06:16 AM
I have no idea. Sorry but, I just don't have the "collector" bug nor do I track gun prices based on rareness.

I *suspect* it's a bad investment but that's only a guesstimate.

Jim Watson
December 21, 2006, 09:14 AM
I agree. "Special Editions" are not good bets as investments.
I can just imagine the call from the head of marketing to the production manager:
HoM: Joe, those 500 Special Editions with the rose gold screws sold very well. Run off another 5000.

Friend of mine shoots CAS with a 125th Anniversary Colt picked out in gold and shiny blue that was then about $200 LESS than a standard blue/case gun.

GunNut
December 21, 2006, 12:18 PM
Jim's,

Thank you, I was mostly just interested in the gun for my personal use.

It can be had for around $350 plus sales tax, so I was thinking that it might not be a bad "investment" for myself.

Steve

Jim Watson
December 21, 2006, 05:04 PM
That seems not out of line for a sound .357. The gold is just for style not investment.

Jim March
December 21, 2006, 05:45 PM
Hey, if you're buying it as a shooter and it's similar in cost to standard, kewl, go for it :). It's not impossible that they did slightly better QC on them, worst case it's no worse than a standard gun.

It occurs to me that the gold finish may be "slicker" than standard bare stainless and hence the action might feel better :).

I'm not saying avoid the gun, I just don't think it'll make a good "safe queen" "unturned" "investment".

Shoot the snot outta the thing :).

Jim Watson
December 21, 2006, 07:20 PM
It occurs to me that the gold finish may be "slicker" than standard bare stainless and hence the action might feel better

Quite likely.
The nicest DA trigger I ever saw/felt on a Colt Mk III with sintered parts was on one that had nickel plated hammer and trigger in a blue gun. I figure the plating leveled and smoothed the coarse "grain" of the powder metal lockwork. Then there was an old DIY article that recommended a cheap brush plater with gold solution as the last step of a home trigger job, for that very purpose.

JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone
December 21, 2006, 07:37 PM
Me too! The nicest out of the box DA triggers I've ever felt were plated and un refined. They wore in over time.

This GP is here in WA? Do they have a lay-a-way program?

-Steve

GunNut
December 21, 2006, 09:52 PM
Thanks for your opinions.

Yes, it is here in SW Washington. Lay-a-way is a possibility too.


Steve

Bullet Bob
December 21, 2006, 10:17 PM
My eyes! My eyes!

Okay, it's a fair price for a gun to use.

My eyes!

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