Used revolvers becoming more available?


March 4, 2013, 01:41 PM
I keep hearing that people are trading in revolvers to buy newer, semi-auto pistols and rifles. Is anyone seeing that happen? Are the used gun cases filling up with stuff that us revolver-lovers will drool over?

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March 4, 2013, 01:52 PM
Everything has dried up here except the C&R handguns.

March 4, 2013, 02:57 PM
No seems almost everyone is buying and few are selling. I like you thought the same thing, figured some would trade in nice old revolvers to overpay for a AR15 or high capacity magazine semiauto pistol but it just doesn't seem to be the case.

I was lucky and recently picked up an almost new S&W 357 revolver, I said I would take it about 1 hour after it went into the case, 2 people called for it while I was filling out the paperwork. It is still crazy maybe in a year or so things will settle and people will start to sell their "extras"

March 4, 2013, 03:17 PM
I don't believe it extended to used cases at the shops, but in January it sure seemed like there were more revolvers than usual on the local trade pages (arms list and a Virgnia focused one). Most were looking to swap for a semi. I picked up a Virginian Dragoon that appears to be almost new.

March 4, 2013, 03:19 PM
That is what is happening here. I'm sorry enough to take advantage of the situation. I bought a really nice S&W model 10 5", a S&W model 19 shooter AND a S&W 28-2 4" in immaculate shape. Prices on them were (I considered) quite good as folks wanted $ for the new, fancy, whizbang apples of their eye.

March 4, 2013, 09:07 PM
I'm not seeing more revolvers locally or on gunbroker. Quite the opposite actually. It is difficult to find anything, and what you can find will cost substantially more than half a year ago. Look at SP101's on gunbroker, for example. $750? I may as well save up for a 1911.

March 4, 2013, 09:29 PM
I have been loading up on revolvers! Seems to be drying up a bit, but I've managed to snag a couple of S&W 66's, a 19, a 15, a K22, a Dan Wesson 715, and I can't remember what else....all since December.

Edit -

I remember that I forgot to list a Dan Wesson 15-2, and a new 642 I bought.

Keep in mind I spend most of my free time looking for deals on the types of guns I collect, so that could account for some of the deals I've gotten lately.

March 4, 2013, 09:34 PM
I haven't seen any deals on anything in the last 3 months or so.

March 4, 2013, 09:39 PM
I see very few vintage Smiths and even fewer Colts for sale. The ones I see certainly aren't bargain basement priced. Even a run 'o the mill used Ruger is priced at or above new MSRP.

Old Dog
March 4, 2013, 09:59 PM
I see the occasional evidence that a few folks are letting go of those antiquated revolving-cylinder handguns in favor of high-capacity bottom-feeders ... and I was hoping that there would be a rush on autoloaders and a glut of older revolvers, but I'm not seeing it. I scour the gunshops and pawnshops for older S&W and Colt revolvers, but, not being retired, don't have the time to hit them every day. I have scored a couple nice S&W Model 10s, 15s and 19s lately (still looking for more 12s, 66s and 29s), but up here (PNW) it's just not happenin' ...

March 5, 2013, 05:08 AM
Old dog, I'm with you. Been hoping for a 3" mod 65 round butt. Found one but he was real proud of it. You ain't a boater are you?

March 5, 2013, 05:55 AM
I've been seeing a lot more Colts and Dan Wessons than usual. Prices are terrible, though.

There's probably going to be some deals to be had after they don't sell for a few months, though.

evan price
March 5, 2013, 06:36 AM
Haven't seen any evidence of that.
Nothing around in the cases of any persuasion.

March 5, 2013, 07:55 AM
It seems that there were more available just before the madness started. Between September of '12 and January of '13 , I was able to pick up at very reasonable prices the following guns:

4" M29
6 1/2" M629-4
6 1/2" M29-2
8 3/8" M57.

I haven't seen a "deal" since, unless you count the (not a revolver) NIB Springfield XD-9 w/extras I picked up for five bills.

March 5, 2013, 07:59 AM
>>I'm not seeing more revolvers locally or on gunbroker. Quite the opposite actually.<<

I agree with this statement... if anything, I'm seeing less revolvers being available.

March 5, 2013, 08:03 AM
At my local FFL, a relatively small shop, EVERYTHING handgun oriented is in short supply as in Autos, Revolvers and ammo!

March 5, 2013, 11:14 AM
In the last eight month, or so, I've picked up several revolvers based on folks trading them in for autoloaders.

The prices have been reasonable, although not screaming deals. My 4" nickel Python was $1400, with the box, but the Model 27-2, with a 5" barrel, was a steal at just over $500. A Colt Trooper .357, 4" nickel, came in at $380, and a 4" nickel Model 29, came in at $500. The last two were estate sale catches, and the first two from a LGS who specializes more in "plastic fantastics".

Deals are there, but not so plentiful.

March 5, 2013, 02:32 PM
Revolver prices have risen dramatically in the last few years. New and used. Almost double what they were just 7 years ago. Even before the current craze.

I haven't been looking at prices for anything since the current craze started.

March 5, 2013, 03:51 PM
I'm not seeing any great bargains on anything. Even C&R stuff seems to have gone up. Mosin Nagant rifles are over $100. Alot of people are getting them because it is still possible to obtain ammuntion for decent prices.

March 5, 2013, 04:57 PM
mmhmm, I had the same that everything semi-auto is in high demand, perhaps people would be letting their wheelguns go for cheap....
No such luck. I've seen about a 10%-20% increase in prices on revolvers as well, and they are being snapped up as quick as the semi auto's, from what i've seen.

March 5, 2013, 06:53 PM
I love 38 special revolvers, specially older S&W and Colt mods from the 70's, 80', and early 90's. U can have all the striker-fired plastic, composite, teniffer semis, Give me the hammer- fired all steel American classics.

March 5, 2013, 09:11 PM
I've bought two, a new one and a used one. I had to hunt to find them though.

Driftwood Johnson
March 5, 2013, 10:40 PM
I keep hearing that people are trading in revolvers to buy newer, semi-auto pistols and rifles. Is anyone seeing that happen? Are the used gun cases filling up with stuff that us revolver-lovers will drool over?


Not in this neck of the woods. The shelves are pretty empty of just about everything. But sometimes you can get lucky anyway. Last week I found this lovely little 22/32 Heavy Frame Target model sitting all by its lonesome in an almost empty showcase. Made in 1923. Ya just have to keep looking.

March 5, 2013, 10:51 PM
I'm seeing allot of model 10's, scooped up 2 snubs last month under $400.

Seeing allot of .32 revolvers? I've actually talked to my local smith about rebarrel / cylinder as they seem dirt cheap?

Seen a few 22lr S&W's 17, 18, 617 and a snub pop up on Armslist, seem to sell quickly. I'm looking for a 18 or 617 as my next purchase.

Eye balling a 65, 66, 13-3 3" and a few others, to include a Dick Special... trying to resist any more purchases for a few more months.

One guy commented at the LGS, that he was selling his .357 S&W as he couldn't find ammo for it, I don't know if he was jokeing but was looking for $1500 on a 4", I didn't bother to ask a model number at that price.

I think the revolver market is slightly effected, but no where near the price gougeing of the Glock, M&P, XD - high capacity pistol market.

Seeing quite a few more Colt revolvers, prices are "Colt". Not seeing many Ruger Revolvers.

Sebastian the Ibis
March 6, 2013, 09:12 AM
I keep hearing that people are trading in revolvers to buy newer, semi-auto pistols and rifles.

Buds was selling police trade in .38 revolvers up until about 6 months ago.

Since this craziness, it seems like listings for anything non black and tactical have dried up completely. Listings for overpriced ARs have increased tremendously.

March 6, 2013, 10:15 PM
I was stopping at a lot of shops in WNC and Upstate SC a few month ago and I thought there was plenty of revolvers and levers priced pretty reasonable, I bought one. Maybe it has changed over the last few months.

March 6, 2013, 10:59 PM
>>Maybe it has changed over the last few months.<<

Believe me, it has! ;)

March 6, 2013, 11:01 PM
Some used stuff is available around my area in Idaho. Its a mix. But I haven't seen more than a few of anything in display cases for two months.

March 6, 2013, 11:26 PM
I've seen a few revolvers at the shops I frequent. Most of what I've seen has been large snubs. Not a whiff of any Airweights, Airlites or LCR's.

March 7, 2013, 01:20 AM
Yes. Last find was Nickel-plated S&W 581. If times went unchanged one would not expect to find something like that. S&W must have made about a bushel of those.

March 7, 2013, 01:53 AM
I'm in the Piedmont region of NC and you can find some revolvers, but it's hard to find 4" Ruger GP100 revolvers.

March 7, 2013, 07:16 AM
>>Maybe it has changed over the last few months.<<

Believe me, it has! ;)
Maybe today I'll have to do some stopping around.
Anything semi auto handguns or pistols were non existent. I figured most traded these in for the semi's but I figure when there's nothing left you buy what ya could. Wonder how long this will last?
S&W and Ruger have announced record profits think they will up production or keep the prices high? Or both?

March 7, 2013, 09:49 AM
I was also surprised. I as expecting to see some nice S&W's show up on the shelf traded for Hi Cap semi auto's. Sure enough some revolvers were traded in, however they went right back out the door.

In my area I can find Taurus, and Charter Arms on the shelf. A single Action Ruger here and their. Some non name brand 1911's, and things like that.

I went to a local gun show last month. I saw 2 beater Model 60's priced at $600 each. I saw a 6 inch Security Six, and a S&W 640 that I should have price checked. Not another revolver I would have even considered.
The Model 60's were worth about $300 and $350 each at best. I would have wanted to check them for function before I gave that for one of them.

I did see an LCR 22 in Bass Pro Monday, along with a SA Ruger or two. Not a Smith & Wesson in the store. I did find a can of RL17 that I was needing for my 223 Bolt Gun.

The revolvers selling well may be regional. In my area revolvers are still popular.


March 7, 2013, 10:30 AM
I can't keep a quality used revolver in the case more for than one gun show regardless of asking price (within reason) so I'd say in my geo-area they are not really more available as asked.

Over the course of the past couple years - coinciding with my own return to spinners:banghead: - I've noted cost and availability both working against me in trying to acquire particular wheel guns and this is long before the most recent scares but of course following the election of the anointed one, so there's that I guess.

Additionally and most likely connected, I never seem to mark vintage and used reloading equipment to a price where it comes home with me as well.

I guess as far as the revolver issue itself is concerned, Colt pulling the plug and no one other than say, Taurus stepping in to fill the void has something to do with the relative scarcity in addition to so many shooters "returning" to the old hog legs like my self.

March 7, 2013, 12:47 PM
Here in my area it seems to depends on what shop you go to. A few of my LGS are pretty empty when it comes to a great selection. Most of the revolvers are new production models. But just two days ago I went into one of my favorite local gunstores. This guy always has a great selection of older revolvers, rifles and shotguns. He specializes in nice used firearms. I found a pre-war Colt Official Police 4". I got it for $400.00. His shelves are still full and he said that he's been doing a booming business for the past couple months though in the past couple weeks it's been leveling off.

On the other hand Boise Gun Company - one of our bigger LGS with two stores in the valley - is pretty sparse though prices aren't unreasonable.

jay bird id
March 7, 2013, 08:25 PM
I picked up this 629-1 last month for a fair price at a little lgs.
I'm still grinning from ear to ear.

March 8, 2013, 11:45 AM
Interestingly, one of my LGSs is absolutely bare. The other is bare of new guns, but has plenty of used. Most of the used guns are of the non-tacticool variety. Revolvers, basic 1911s, 2nd and 3rd gen S&W autos, etc...

Got a great deal on a Ruger Speed Six there earlier this week. There was lots of variety in the used revolver part of the gun case, from Charter Arms to Colt Pythons.

March 8, 2013, 11:47 AM
>>basic 1911s<<

Yes, no lack of them around here. Revolvers... not so much.

March 9, 2013, 04:21 AM
I told a my buddy a month ago that revolvers were just a little lower on the "food chain" for all these crazed buyers and would soon be scarce as well. Shotguns were even a step lower in popularity than revolvers and they are being thinned out drastically now.

March 9, 2013, 04:53 AM
In my area, if folks are indeed trading their revolvers for autos, there must be plenty of folks snapping-up those revolvers before I see them. The display cases are quite empty. More likely, I think, folks are not trading, just acquiring.

March 9, 2013, 05:06 AM
Was in a couple of LGS yesterday. They usually have at least 3 display cases full of used and consignment guns, mostly revolvers. The cases were pretty empty. The few guns were consignments, prices set by the seller not the store, and were priced WAY above sanity. Same with local pawn shops. I had hopes of some good revolver deals. Ain't happening. The guys said anything that comes in for a fair price doesn't last the day.


March 9, 2013, 01:44 PM
My LGS has plenty of auto handguns, a couple of revolvers and tons of lever action and bolt action rifles.

They have no ARs, AKs or Minis and NO used revolvers. It seems with the pending magazine limits in CO people are rediscovering revolvers.

EDIT - I should add they have bunches of new and used shotguns. Many folks don't know it, but any shotgun without some hard limit on the end of the tubular magazine is going to be outlawed with the new CO magazine ban. It doesn't matter what it does hold, but rather what it CAN hold - Rem 870 is about to be illegal folks!!

March 9, 2013, 02:33 PM
Who'd have guessed CO would be taken over by lefties?? :uhoh:

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