Best places to buy used wheel guns... and what are the going prices for older S&W's?


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wacki
February 13, 2011, 06:03 PM
I see lots of people posting stuff like this:

I also have a 4" S&W Model 65 & a heavy barrel Model 10 that cost <$300 each. Prices have gone up since then, but there are great used guns out there like the S&W 10, 13, 64, 67, 581, 681, and 65.

What are the best places to buy used revolvers? And what are good prices for an old Smith in 357? I'm particularly interested in S&W .357 magnums. Every time I go to Indy 1500 gun show there are only a few booths with used S&W's. Of the used revolvers I see most of them are some caliber other than .357 (.44 mag and .38 special are the most common). As for price, I don't think I've ever seen any magnum for less than $500.

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Ala Dan
February 13, 2011, 06:12 PM
On quality used S&W revolvers are rising sharply, everyday~!
Get yours NOW, or you will be sorry~! :eek: :uhoh:

calward
February 13, 2011, 07:31 PM
Yes, I would like to know good places for this as well. Gun shows now seem to have about 99.5% autoloaders. I don't much care for buying online; I lijke to touch and feel before plunking down a few hundred dollars. Are pawn shops the way to go?

CajunBass
February 14, 2011, 05:01 AM
I've never bought a gun in a pawn shop, but then I've never seen much in a pawn shop I wanted. What I did see I thought were overpriced anyway.

I get mine from a dealer in Richmond. You can probably guess which one. They don't stock a lot of "beaters", what you'll find there is usually good stuff. It will be priced accordingly. They will dicker with you a little but frankly for most any Smith & Wesson these days it's a sellers market.

I haven't seen ANY Smith & Wesson in .357 for less than $500.00 in a long time. Most are pushing up into $600-800-and even $1000.00 or more depending on condition and things like boxes and papers. Really you have to find what you want, and probably bite the bullet. Even 38's are pushing up into $400-500 range.

I just paid $650.00 for a really nice Model 28, 4" barrel with box and papers. Was that "high"? I don't know. At the time I thought it probaly was, but I hadn't seen one in a long time. Since them from what I've read online, it doesn't seem to have been out of line at all. They ain't getting no cheaper, that's for sure.

Good luck.

Jonah71
February 14, 2011, 01:32 PM
About a year ago I paid way too much for a 1958 S&W Mod. 14 4"bbl in good condition. I think it was $445. At the time I was told there weren't many Mod. 14's with 4" bbls. (that hadn't been cut down) I still wouldn't sell it for that much today. I just have a soft spot for old wheel guns. Maybe the price will go up enough for me to part with it someday, but now I'm kinda fond of it. Even if the price was too high, I wanted it bad enough to pay for it. So it was worth it....to me.

karlsgunbunker
February 14, 2011, 10:51 PM
http://www.summitgunbroker.com/index.html

huzzah
February 14, 2011, 11:48 PM
Do you know the way to look at it if you think you may have paid to much? Just decide that you didn't pay too much, you just bought it a little early.

evan price
February 15, 2011, 02:39 AM
Keep looking. Gun Shows are usually a nonstarter since there are too many naglers casting hooks in the water. I find the best deals are at hole-in-the-wall pawn shops that will haggle, huge gun stores with LEO trades, and surfing on-line auctions.
Seen a S&W 65 go for under $300 last week locally. You have to keep looking!

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