Price check...


July 8, 2008, 04:28 AM
Saw a S&W chief special .38 with 3 inch barrel, made about late 1960s, in a gun shop today. Seemed to be in pretty good shape with only some blue worn off in a few spots, cylinder had only a small amount of play. Very smooth trigger.

They want $400.00. I really have NO idea what the price should be for this gun.....but 400.00 seemed kind of expensive to me for a 40ish year old five shot .38. :scrutiny:
(Especially when I KNOW I can get a new model 60 .357 3 inch for $550 at a different shop.)

What do you all think??

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July 8, 2008, 01:22 PM
Uh....hummm.:confused: Surprised that no one has given their .02.

Anyhow I went to a couple online sights and found a model 37 that looked like the gun I was looking at. This one was late 50s early 60s and they wanted 500 bucks for I guess 400 is pretty good.

OR the 500 is really really bad. :scrutiny:

Ala Dan
July 8, 2008, 01:29 PM
Try offering $350 OTD, and see what happens~! Lots of times, old guns
command a premium over the newer ones commonly found on dealer's
shelves. :eek: :scrutiny: ;)

July 8, 2008, 01:40 PM
Dont know if that price is more than it sould be, but i have a s-w m60 no dash made in 1968 that is in a good 98% and i'd take nothing less than $425.00 for mine

July 8, 2008, 04:44 PM
Yeah I know some older guns go for a lot more, then again some don't. I just dont know where this one falls.

Its a pretty cool looking revolver so I guess it would be one that people would want.

Yeah :) They had 2 model 60's .38's in there....I don't know the year but both were in the 425-450 price range. So there you go.

July 8, 2008, 04:50 PM
I could swear I replied to an identical thread.....

July 8, 2008, 04:53 PM
seems a little pricy to me.

In my area that would be a 325 ish revolver

July 8, 2008, 05:07 PM
Some people will pay more for the 3" tube, but it seems a bit high to me. Offer $350 and see what they say.

July 8, 2008, 05:13 PM

Seems a little too high me as well. I could see that if it LNIB but the way you describe it, it sounds slightly used. Back when that gun was new, the 3" Model 36 sat around while everyone coveted the 2" Model 60, the Model 40, or the Model 42. And if you couldn't find one of those (or didn't want to pay the attendant premium surcharge to get one), then you might go for the short barreled Model 36, 37, 38, or 49. I agree with Ala Dan; offer them $350 OTD and see what they come back with.

July 8, 2008, 06:35 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. I'll see what happens with a 350 offer.

John Fugate
July 8, 2008, 06:49 PM
If you want it,, buy it for the 400.00 bucks. If it makes you happy to own it,, its priceless. I never let a dollar figure get in my way if I want something for myself, but if its for resell thats a different story,,,You only live once and money is just paper. They are printing that suff everyday,,and they aint pumping out those good ole pinned barrel 36's in Springfiled anymore. A gallon of gas is 4 bucks,,, that makes the little chief look like a bargain to me and by the way its not mine. :neener:

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