Parkerized gun


September 16, 2011, 08:55 PM
Ran across a parkerized Colt that should have been blued. It looked really good though. How much does parkerizing devalue a gun? BTW, it was a Colt officer's match in .22LR wearing aftermarket grips. Seller was asking $589

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Jim Watson
September 16, 2011, 08:57 PM
I'd say it pretty much eliminates any collector value that a gun people are learning is rather scarce might have had. How much do you like it as a really nice shooting revolver?

September 16, 2011, 09:06 PM
That's the thing, I'm a shooter not a collector. It looked like a nice shooter but I felt I'd be paying collector's price and that is how he touted it, "a collector's piece" he said. I want it but not at that price.

September 17, 2011, 12:17 PM
Mortablunt, im struggling to understand what that has to do with a non original finish. I know that collectors get upset when a firearm has been refinished but suicide???

September 17, 2011, 12:34 PM
If the gun is otherwise serviceable It depends on the quality of the refinishing. If you have a quality gunsmith doing quality work it is worth considering.

September 17, 2011, 02:13 PM
Tell him the finish ruins the value and offer to take it off his hands for 300.

September 18, 2011, 02:57 PM
I think that the market will always be there for snubbies, but the days of getting 1000 dollars for a clean "not even spectacular" 38 snub are over, peoople bought them back when I started carrying in the 60's and 70's for a reason, "they were the smallest thing you could get with power", now the choices are so varied, I would feel limited with 5 rounds. And I don't believe in carrying 3, 17 round mags either, but 5 is too little in my opinion, and there are so many better choices for a bug, that the only reason to own them is because you just like the way they look, not relly effective for your only carry weapon. Not with gangs roaming around with several armed men.
I stll enjoy shooting them. And perhaps a 327 or 357, with 6 rounds would be decent as a backup if you got a titanium 15 oz gun. But it is all relative to what you feel comfortable with.

September 18, 2011, 10:16 PM

September 19, 2011, 12:19 PM
Sounds a little steep to me. A Turnbull charcoal blue job is one thing, parkerizing is quite another. I'll take one with half its original finish worn off long before a contemporary park-job.
September 19, 2011, 05:07 PM
I've never had a handgun that was parkerized... do have one rifle that is 68 years old that is and it looks good... why is this handgun being parkerized such a big deal?

September 19, 2011, 05:11 PM
Being parkerized isn't a big deal for a shooter. I would buy an Officer's Match in .22lr with parkerizing on it. However, I would not pay $589 for it. Maybe $400.

September 19, 2011, 07:06 PM
Being parkerized isn't a big deal for a shooter.
It is if you want a blued one.

September 19, 2011, 07:10 PM
It is if you want a blued one.

I'd prefer a blued one, even a blued one with honest wear. However, I wouldn't turn down a nice one with a good refinish job for the right money.

September 19, 2011, 07:58 PM
I am with you I have two classics that should not have been Parkerized, but were. I bought them right, enjoy them and thats that.

September 21, 2011, 11:49 PM
Waidman, how much did you pay for them?

September 22, 2011, 02:10 PM
$400 for a 1937 Brazilian (S&W 1917), $200 for a Colt Army Special in .32 WCF

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