Value of your Most expensive handgun


Big Boomer
October 29, 2007, 01:25 AM
Just curious as to how much money people top out at spending for a handgun in their collection.

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October 29, 2007, 02:06 AM
for just a handgun or the gun+ extras like,night sites,lasergrips,etc..
i just forked out 600 for a new springfield with sights

Landlocked Pirate
October 29, 2007, 07:25 AM
$549 for my Glock 17 is the most money I've ever spent on a gun. I paid much less for each of the S&W and Ruger revolvers, Marlin lever-action rifles, and Remington and Mossberg shotguns in my collection, all bought new (although some were purchased a number of years ago). I don't believe in spending a fortune on guns when good-quality top-name firearms can be bought at resonable prices.

October 29, 2007, 07:40 AM
Sig 226 X-Five most expensive that I bought new. Used - Sig P210-5.

Ala Dan
October 29, 2007, 07:55 AM
Les Baer TRS 1911 at a shade over $1500

October 29, 2007, 08:23 AM
Most I ever spent was $700 on a Kimber. in fact , thats the most I have ever spent on ANY firearm. Most others that I own are under $550.00.
Sure there are great custom and "race guns" out there in the $2000.00+ range , but they are certainly not for me. Some of these guns have "custom" features that I have absolutely no use for. I have shot some nice Les Baers, Ed Browns, etc,etc, Great guns!!!, but they were no more reliable or accurate than my Kimbers or Glocks. Just my personal opinion.

October 29, 2007, 10:45 AM
Walther P-88. $1000.

October 29, 2007, 10:59 AM
99% stainless S&W 657 41 mag with 3" barrel that is supposedly worth $650'ish so I snuck into the 600-900 range.

October 29, 2007, 12:06 PM
I put down some high end cash on this one for the simple fact that its my "GRAIL-GUN", and it came packed with the .22lr slide/barrel and mags, plus the barrel and spring for the .30luger caliber in its orginal case. I concidered it a steal at :what:3800.00 Since most go for that much by themselves.

October 29, 2007, 12:12 PM
Kimber Raptor II $1,275

October 29, 2007, 12:16 PM
I have two that both cost about $700. One is a Kimber 1911 and the other is a S&W 629 44mag. I won't spend more than that on a handgun unless my income were to increase drastically. There are far too many good handguns for $500-700 to merit a $1000-1500 purchase.

Phil DeGraves
October 29, 2007, 12:18 PM
For a new gun, Colt Premier 1911 - $975
For a used gun, Colt SAA 2nd gen - $1200

Mike R.
October 29, 2007, 12:19 PM
NEF R92. Don't laugh - it still puts holes in things.

The Bushmaster
October 29, 2007, 12:30 PM
42 year old Colt SAA...Bought it new in 1966 for $136. and change...Now apraised at over $1600.00

October 29, 2007, 01:07 PM
$3500 for a completely handbuilt M1911. If I hadn't sold my MP5 back in the early 1990s it'd be more than that.

October 29, 2007, 01:25 PM
wow there are some big spenders on here, mine is my sa mc operator.

October 29, 2007, 02:25 PM
I won't buy anything over 1000€ for now. Actually, I can only think of one firearm I want that costs more than 1000€...

The most I've spent so far was 630€ for a new Glock.

October 29, 2007, 02:45 PM
I spent $1080 for my Kimber TCII and $950 for my wife's EMP. I might award myself with a high end 1911 when I retire - Nighthawk, Wilson or Ed Brown.

October 29, 2007, 03:06 PM
$489 OTD for my PPK.

October 29, 2007, 03:20 PM
$450 - Ruger Blackhawk .357
My favorite of my handguns.

October 29, 2007, 10:26 PM
Paid much less, but it's worth much more.

Mid 80s S&W CS1 686 3 inch .357. 98%.

October 29, 2007, 10:54 PM
At $1,400, my brushed chrome Desert Eagle Mk XIX .50 is the most expensive handgun I own.

October 29, 2007, 11:11 PM
I'm a little leary of all these "how much are your guns worth" threads. Wonder what kind of database (shopping list?) someone is building...

October 30, 2007, 05:46 AM
To be fair, my most "expensive" handgun isn't my most valued. I have a gift gun, my Super Blackhawk that is worth far more to me. I would sell all of them off before it.

October 30, 2007, 06:33 AM
Are we talking how much we paid, or how much it's worth?

October 30, 2007, 08:01 AM
I have 4 guns that I have customized that have raised the cost considerably. Do you count the original cost or what you have into them now?

October 30, 2007, 08:38 AM
My favorite autoloader My HK USP tactical 45 was $1100.

I have never regretted spending the money on this gun, even though I suck and HK hates me.:rolleyes:

Brian Williams
October 30, 2007, 09:45 AM
My S&W 65 that I have a 4" standard barrel and it has been moonclipped with an additional installation of Target trigger and hammer, is worth much less than I have in it but I would say about $600. My S&W 35-1 is probably worth more than any other but still in the $600 range.

October 30, 2007, 10:06 PM
Yost-Bonitz 70 Series Colt 1* Enhanced & Nighthawk Custom Talon. Each in the $2,500 range...

...and worth every penny...

October 31, 2007, 01:06 AM
Grade A P7 PSP - 675ish

evan price
October 31, 2007, 03:40 AM
"Priceless" :D

October 31, 2007, 03:44 AM
Are we talking how much we paid, or how much it's worth?
Well it does say value.

I'm at the $400-600 mark but hope to correct that with a couple of new Sigs in the near future.

October 31, 2007, 09:41 AM
My Gold Cup is the highest cost handgun I have purchased, but not the most valuable. My granddads SAA Colt holds that title.

October 31, 2007, 11:39 AM
Not too much. Kahr MK40 was $525 with transfer fee, IIRC. Glock 23 was $425 plus $100 sights plus $60 TIG welding plus around $15 for internal parts.

October 31, 2007, 11:50 AM
This is my priciest pistol. Paid 5x as much for this one as I did for my next most expensive handgun. Saw it for sale and sort of lost my mind and bought it (paying about $500 too much in the process). Oh well. You can't pay too much for a collectible S&W, you can only pay too soon.

October 31, 2007, 12:03 PM
To me this old 1st generation Colt is priceless since it belonged to my grandfather and it is all I have to remember him. From what I have read the year of mfg by the serial number and the knurling pattern on the hammer spur is 1906-1907 Couldn't pin an exact value on it because I am no expert but blue book has it valued somewhere between $9,000-$13,000. The gun is in 90-95% condition with all matching serial numbers on the parts. I have shot it once years ago to check function and say I shot a real cowboy gun. Now I only admire it and give it a wipe down once i a while.
Here is my obligitory worth too much pic...

October 31, 2007, 12:36 PM
I really don't know what it's worth, a stainless 4 5/8 blackhawk. I don't know if the engraving gives it much value, but it has a set of sanbar stag grips on it that go for $250 or better now. I only gave 70 bucks for 'em at the time. I voted 400-600 and believe that to be appropriate, but might be disappointed by a gun appraiser if there is such a thing, LOL. Don't have anything else worth that much, though I have some fine shooters.

October 31, 2007, 01:10 PM
Meh all my handguns are relatively RIFLES on the other hand...

Barrett M-99....nuff said

October 31, 2007, 02:22 PM
My 8 3/8 460 Smith a little over a $1000 .

October 31, 2007, 08:19 PM
It was just to pretty and I have waited thirty years to own one.
Unchosen prototype for the Jubilee gun from SIG

November 1, 2007, 07:16 PM
.38 super Bul M5 IPSC model (polymer framed 1911), with five mags and a spare 9 mm barrel it set me back Australian $2700 all up, around $2500 USD today.. Holster, belt and mag carriers added another $600.00.

November 2, 2007, 12:01 AM

Go peruse the Freedom Arms catalog. Now you know that there's gotta be at least a few owners of these guns on site, but no comments on them in this thread. I don't wonder about why that is. Do you?


November 2, 2007, 07:10 AM
Ed Brown Executive Carry in stainless - $2400 range.

November 2, 2007, 08:41 AM
Here is a link to my thread with some of the handguns that I have. I am in the process of finding out their worth, but most of them are around 150 years old. Still seeing if I can find out values...

November 2, 2007, 06:10 PM
Just my XD45 compact, between $400 and $600 is where I voted.

November 2, 2007, 06:13 PM
If I don't use it, I sell it. And if it's worth much more than $500 I'm not going to use it much. So while I've had several handguns worth more than $500, I didn't keep them.

November 2, 2007, 09:12 PM
~$2600 for my 6" STI IPSC Limited 1911.

About $2000 for my Springfield TRP Operator if you count all the things hanging off it (suppressor, weapon light, etc.).

November 2, 2007, 10:16 PM
I think the intentions of this thread are not worth, but rather how much you have spent, because he is trying to get an idea of what people will spend on a handgun. Worth doesn't change what kind of spender you are, afterall.

I just purchased a Lone Eagle pistol in 444 Marlin with a stainless Leupold 2-8x scope installed for $650. We'll say $450 since the scope is $200.

The most I spent was when I purchased a Steyr SPP 9mm for $850 and turned around and sold it for $1000 (glad I did too, who wants a plastic toy in 9mm? :neener:).

Next paycheck I am buying a Ruger Alaskan 454 for $650.

I just got the intentions in my mind lately to possibly purchase a Performance Center 460SW with 3-3/4" barrel, which is in the $1200 range. But, I really don't think that I will end up doing that, because anything near $1000 and I start thinking about what I could, and would probably rather have in a rifle. I still have to get a good AR platform.

I think it's really hard for me to justify spending over $1000 for a pistol, just because there is only so much you can do and so far you can shoot with a pistol. I sort of feel that pistols are more of show pieces than function at these price levels.

November 3, 2007, 09:17 PM
The original question was value, not cost. FWIW, one of my best deals was a pistol valued in the $2k range that I got for a lot closer to $1k.

1911 guy
November 4, 2007, 07:40 AM
I've got one handgun (pics have been posted in the autoloader forum) that has had a lot of aftermarket upgrades and gunsmithing done. I spent a little over 2,000 on it. Most of my pistols run in the 6-8 hundred range, though.

November 4, 2007, 11:40 AM
Sig P226 X5

November 4, 2007, 09:26 PM
"Value" can mean different things. What I paid for them is not necessarily the same as what they're worth (i.e. what I could sell them for).

November 4, 2007, 10:21 PM
My most expensive pistol is this PT1911 I picked up for $489+tax. In this picture it is sporting new grips and a drop in .400 Corbon Barrel (just for fun).

November 5, 2007, 06:19 PM
Colt anaconda 6" going for $800 to $1200 in the condition mine is in.

November 5, 2007, 07:54 PM
Matt304 said: I think it's really hard for me to justify spending over $1000 for a pistol, just because there is only so much you can do and so far you can shoot with a pistol. I sort of feel that pistols are more of show pieces than function at these price levels.

I used to say the same thing. Two custom 1911's later . . . . I'm planning #3. There are some things I want that just aren't made. Like say, an Officer framed 1911 with a Commander length slide in 9x23 Winchester, with a spare 9mm barrel for cheap practice.

Two LW Commanders. One in .45 ACP, the other in 9x23.

9x23 with spare 9mm barrel.

Special touches like these aren't found on production guns. Milled top end and 10k Gold Bead staked into the front sight. Is it necessary? No. But its what I want on my serious guns. Remember that night sights have to be replaced, on average, about every 10 years . . . Many folks, including me, find gold beads far superior to tritium for low light work, anyway.

Like I said, I once said the same thing. I announced, "I'll never spend over $1000 on a handgun; it's just not worth it." Well, for most folks I guess they might be too much. Whatever too much is.

How much?

Hmmm . . . the 9x23, about $3000. The .45 is a bit tougher to value. I took a week off of work to spend with Jim Garthwaite building it. The parts, components, and tuition for the class came to about $2500. My time off work and my week of labor, and hotel costs add to it, but I'm not sure it's dollar for dollar value added. Jim told us if we ordered something like what we built there that week under his instruction, it would cost somewhere around $3500 to pay him to build it.

And yes, they are carry guns. And yes, they do get carried. And no, I'm not worried about losing them to an evidence locker. If I do wind up using a gun on someone, the last thing on my mind will be losing the gun to the judicial system.

November 5, 2007, 09:14 PM
Hk usp 45. Had it in the safe for 780$

November 5, 2007, 11:20 PM
A Freedom Arms revolver will likely be the most expensive new handgun that I ever buy. Still thinking about ....41 magnum or 475 Linebaugh?? I know, get both. $$

November 6, 2007, 01:02 AM
It was just to pretty and I have waited thirty years to own one.
Unchosen prototype for the Jubilee gun from SIG

Interesting. I have no idea what a jubilee gun is, but I have never seen that pistol, and I always like seeing stuff I haven't seen before.

wow.. I just said "see" alot...

November 6, 2007, 02:04 PM
I paid $659.00 for my HK45c which I understand sells for about $800.-850. now. My XD45 cost me $500. but I put a $300.00 laser on it so I guess it would be a $800.00 gun now.

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