I'm new to the shooting sport and I've caught the vintage revolver bug really bad lately!
And I came across a .22lr Colt Officer's Model recently. Judged from the serial number 17xxx, it's circa 37-38. Tight lockup, 90-95% bluing. Asking price is $750. Is this a good value?
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April 12, 2008, 02:38 AM
I'd say that was about $150.00 too high, as I've seen them selling in the $600.00 range. But they are exceptionally fine, hand built revolvers. They offer a fit and polish that isn't done anymore and won't likely be duplicated in our time. The last Colt that came close was the Python, and they generally go for well over $750.00
You may kick yourself later, but I would try to get the seller closer to $600.00
April 12, 2008, 09:34 AM
That's the most I'd pay, but I would pay that if I really wanted it, anything less than that, I'd grab it, especially a .22 (my favorite caliber). Brad
April 12, 2008, 04:37 PM
To keep things in perspective, a new S&W 617 .22LR revolver will cost you around $650.
That said, I'd try and negotiate a better price.
April 12, 2008, 08:11 PM
I'm pretty much in agreement with everyone else; $750 sounds too high to be considered a good value. I'd say offer $600 and maybe settle at $650.
April 12, 2008, 09:48 PM
To put this revolver into perspective...
During the Great Depression (1929-1940) both Colt and Smith & Wesson soon found themselves in dire straits and facing bankruptcy. Therefore they lavished hand craftsmanship on each revolver or pistol, but in particular on target guns. They knew that target shooters were an elite that often influenced others in their choice of manufacturer when they were buying a handgun. Therefore both companies took a “no compromise” attitude toward quality control. So far as could be, nothing less then perfect was acceptable, and company inspectors watched carefully to catch slip-ups. All guns were test fired, but target ones, were targeted as well, and the target was included in the box as proof of performance. I would estimate that any manufacturer that matched this today would have a MSRP of around $2,000.00 and quite possibly more.
Recently, at my suggestion, a friend bid on a Colt Officers Model .38, which it turns out was made the same year he was born – 1933. It was in perfect mechanical shape, and had about 97% of original “gas oven” blue. The checkered (and individually fitted) stocks were almost perfect and made of dark, dense-grain walnut. When the trigger was pulled in single-action there was no further movement after the hammer was released, and the cocking motion was velvet smooth even though the action was bone dry. Of course the lock-up was like a bank vault door. I could not find any cosmetic flaws whatsoever.
It had gone through one 13-day stint on an Internet auction at $450.00 and received no bids. It was listed again at $400.00 and only got one bid – the one my friend made.
Needless to say my friend is a very happy camper. ;) :)
April 13, 2008, 12:52 AM
That pre war .22 Officer Model will need to be kept scruplouly clean if you shoot it. They were extremely close fitted.
April 13, 2008, 01:44 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies. Like everyone said, the OMM is extremely tight. I measured the cylinder gap to be between .002-.0025. I'll try to negotiate with the seller to get the price down a little.
It just seems that when it comes to .22lr target shooting, revolver is the way to go. The semiauto models are always a hit or miss when it comes to feeding or ejection or something.
A new S&W 617 is selling for less than $600 around here but I thought the Colt might offer better collection value in the long run, on top of being a fine shooter.
May 6, 2008, 02:09 AM
Got mine, finally! A different gun, circa 1933, not pristine, but a fine shooter, for $450.