In case of hard times...


April 19, 2011, 06:14 PM
if you had these two S&W revolvers, which would you sell for emergency funds?

S&W 25-5 in .45 Colt (c) 1991 manufacture. This is the 1955 Model Heavy Target Barrel Revolver with 6" barrel, wide target trigger and hammer, red front post, white outline rear sight. No box, manual, or accessories.

S&W 17-6 in .22LR early 90s manufacture (per Radagast, the SN appears to be out of sequence so it's hard to nail down a date); 6" barrel, no lug. Recessed chambers but barrel is not pinned. Patridge front sight. Wide target trigger and hammer.


Edit: these are the two highest-value guns I have. I could cull some others to make up the value of one of these, e.g. a Rock Island 1911 plus a Browning Buckmark. So, I guess that should have been Option #3.

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April 19, 2011, 06:24 PM
If i have any other gun that can fill a self defense role like a shotgun or rifle then I sell the .45 Colt, if not then sell the .22

Steel Talon
April 19, 2011, 06:26 PM
Neither, They are both potentially hi earners.;)

April 19, 2011, 06:26 PM
I would sell the browning buck mark. You could find another any time.
KEEP the S&W's They would be hard and costly to replace.

Old Fuff
April 19, 2011, 06:28 PM
I'd hate to give up either, but if I had to I'd keep the model 17. In .22 LR you can still afford to shoot it, but shooting the .45 would be expensive unless you handloaded.

Anyway I wish you some better luck.

April 19, 2011, 06:31 PM
You can do more with the Model 25, so, if I could only keep one of the two, I'd keep the Model 25.

April 19, 2011, 06:36 PM
FWIW, I do reload for the .45 Colt.

I'm not at the point of having to sell yet...more of a "just in case" situation.


April 19, 2011, 06:38 PM
I would probably let go of the .22 before I would the .45

April 19, 2011, 06:54 PM
I'd take option 3 first, then if I had to I would agree with Old Fuff and keep the 17.

Ala Dan
April 19, 2011, 07:39 PM
Oh No, Rev. Jon but based on these two factors; I would keep the same one my
friend Old Fuff recommended, or the S&W model 17~! :scrutiny: ;) :D

April 19, 2011, 07:40 PM
Keep the guns. Take a night job.

I have sold guns to pay bills. Always regretted it.

April 19, 2011, 08:12 PM
Keep the guns. Take a night job.

I have sold guns to pay bills. Always regretted it.


Or, if you are like the rest of us, if you really look around your house you can probably find thousands of dollars of needless crap laying around. Just watch an episode of Hoarders sometime ... the next morning you'll have a yardsale and make a grand or three ... or five. :D

April 19, 2011, 08:30 PM
Tough choice. I would probably keep the 25-5. Hard decision though.

April 19, 2011, 08:31 PM
Only way I'd sell either one of those is if I had more than one of them.

April 19, 2011, 08:54 PM
I'd sell the .45 if I had the 1911 for SD. The .22 would be less costly to run and I'm guessing the .45 may fetch a bit more money.

April 20, 2011, 12:31 AM
I would probably keep the M17 although like the others, I wouldn't want to sell either.

Lucky Derby
April 20, 2011, 12:57 AM
Well I do have both in my safe. There are other guns that would go first. But if it came down those two, I would keep the .45.

April 20, 2011, 02:44 AM
you have the 1911, i.e, a good service class SD/HD gun
Bad Bubba won't know the difference between being shot with 45 colt or 45 acp
(and none of the four is of optimal CCW size)
hard times, scarce dollars for anything, including ammo
I would keep the 17, sell the 25 (and keeping three is better than keeping two)

of the four mentioned, the 17 would go next, re: cash value
because Buckmarks shoot cheap rimfire real well, too
then the Buckmark
1911 SD/HD last to go

April 20, 2011, 03:10 AM
Since you handload...sell in this order:
S&W 17
RI 1911
S&W 25

April 21, 2011, 12:53 AM
I love my S&W 25s. I also love 1911s and .22s. For me keeping the 1911 and the 617 gives me a good semi for self defense and a great revolver for all other reasons.

April 21, 2011, 10:51 PM
17s are not available any more, but 617s are, and that's close enough. 22 revolvers clog too easily, IMO.

The Buck Mark handily replaces the 17. A 1911 in the collection is necessary, IMO.

25s are very cool, and not easily filled by anything else you've got. Won't be easily replaced later, IMO.

April 22, 2011, 08:16 PM
Sucks that you're thinking about selling stuff you like. I do like the model 25's. Pawn?

April 22, 2011, 08:37 PM
If they ment something to me, i wouldn't sell either one, never have, never will, there's ALWAYS another option. If they didn't, then it wouldn't matter to me what one went out the door.


Hondo 60
April 22, 2011, 09:50 PM
FWIW, I do reload for the .45 Colt.

Now I'm really glad I voted to sell the M17.

After voting, I was thinking I voted for the wrong one due to ammo costs.
Still more expensive for 45 Colt ammo, but it helps a bunch not paying factory ammo costs.

April 22, 2011, 11:33 PM
The more guns I get....... the more they become an integral part of my soul. I guess you really have to weigh the emergency.

What would I sell my soul for? Do I want to spend eternity in hell? What is more important, guns or food? If I lose the world, but retain my guns what have I gained? Would I sell a toe; a leg; an eye; my wife?

Much contemplation is needed before the depletion of firearms takes place. You can fill a bucket with tears, but you cannot fill a bucket with guns that you have sold to someone else (please ponder this proverb at length). It is likely those people who "would" own your firearms would not allow you to throw them into a bucket, but if they were yours the possibilities are endless.

The bottom line is I really believe you should do a search of your SELF, before you ask such questions. The Oracle at Delphi says "know thyself". Rush Limbaugh talks about his "glorious naked body", and I say "do not gouge out your own eye, but quit sinning and you won't be compelled to."

Pretty simple really..... quit disgracing your soul..... don't talk of such terrible things, and the you don't have to worry about them. Go, and sell no more firearms my child. Store up for yourself guns in heaven. Reload, and be happy. Let not your collection be troubled. Amen

April 22, 2011, 11:40 PM
I would like to make one disclaimer...... as long as it was not made in America you are allowed to sell 1 gun per year; however, you have to shoot yourself in the foot (socks allowed) with a BB gun as penance for your unrighteous behavior. This does not give you the authority to sell a Smith & Wesson revolver (unless it has a lock which is basically un-American).

Trades are permitted, but you must not trade an America firearm for a foreign firearm EVER. Any deviation from this standard requires 1 pellet shot to the foot (no socks allowed).

Any revolver out of current production may not be traded, sold, or otherwise disposed of (you will be haunted endlessly). Colt double action revolvers must be loved, and Smith & Wesson pinned and recessed revolvers deserve weekly homage in the form of oil baths. Sleeping with guns is OK prior to oil baths, but must be avoided until 24 hours after an oil bath (R E S P E C T).

April 22, 2011, 11:42 PM
Pretty simple to me! One and most important part of your question...HARD TIMES!

It is not like reloading supplies would be readily available or cheap if it were indeed hard times.

The .22 would stay! I can defend myself , I can feed myself! and I can have thousands of rounds CHEAP!

Stingers are deadly! I would not hesitate defending myself with the .22 or taking down a deer with it! and I have seen it done with a Ruger .22 and a CCI Stinger!

April 22, 2011, 11:58 PM
Just remember...... even your lowliest firearm ($70 Mosin Nagant) may one day have to kill another Nazi.... someday.

April 24, 2011, 12:27 AM
If hard times are truly on the horizon for you then I would look at selling sooner than later so you can maximize your return instead of cashing out at a local gunshop for a percentage of its true value.
Prime example, myself. I've been off work four four months due to a broken back, I've procrastinated on selling some of my guns. One that I intended to ditch was my little used Beretta 92. I decided to let it go this week, as a precaution against other money not arriving on time. I then find that the importers new price for a Beretta 92 was reduced by $1000 last week, so with the spare mags and .22 conversion I'll be out of pocket $2000 when it sells.

Now S&W won't be dropping the cost of Model 17s & 25s in a hurry as they are part of their premium classic range these days, but the USA is a lot shakier economically than Australia is. If you feel you will need to cash out on some material posessions then its probably wise to do so now.

April 24, 2011, 01:46 AM
Oh yeah, I would keep the 617 as it will be cheaper to feed on a reduced budget & I would offload the cheaper guns first as they will be easier to replace at roughly the same price when things pick up.

April 24, 2011, 02:35 AM
If things got REALLY bad I'd keep the Model 25-5 . . . and use it to rob a bank to replenish my safe! Just kidding of course!!!

I hope you can hang onto both revolvers!!!

April 24, 2011, 08:44 AM
When you say "hard times" I think of someone getting by with the barest of minimums in terms of finances. That would mean that the most economical to shoot revolver would remain while the other one would be sold. A .22LR will always be less expensive to shoot versus a revolver in .45LC. To my way of thinking, that would make the Model 17 the most obvious choice in this situation.

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