How much would u pay 4 this Colt


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MagnunJoe
October 21, 2013, 10:56 PM
Detective Special blued from early 80's.
I rate her at 95%. No original box or papers.

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BSA1
October 22, 2013, 01:01 PM
$300.00

No factory repair support, parts only available from parts companies and lack of gunsmiths trained to work on Colt D.A. revolvers make this gun safe queen with occasional outings.

Hondo 60
October 22, 2013, 02:42 PM
I think I'd pay quite a bit more than $300.
Probably closer to $500.
I'd bet you could even get $600 for it.

19-3Ben
October 22, 2013, 03:32 PM
Probably closer to $500.
I'd bet you could even get $600 for it.

My thoughts exactly. I'd go $450 on it, and I'm not even a Colt guy. $500 to $550 would probably be about right depending on which part of the country you're in.

surjimmy
October 22, 2013, 03:37 PM
$500-$550.

Queen_of_Thunder
October 22, 2013, 04:10 PM
Its a snubby so in my area that brings a premium price. Assuming its truly a 95% gun it would sell for around $600.

savit260
October 22, 2013, 06:23 PM
$450

Ash
October 22, 2013, 07:10 PM
Colt revolvers go for quite a bit these days. The low balls are generally guys who don't shoot Colts. Yet there are tremendous numbers out there who seem to be able to shoot one and not have it fall apart.

Interestingly, I've seen it more and more that folks don't think that a pistol not in current production should ever be used or shot. Ditto for shotguns. With that thought, I suppose I should forget using my Trooper Mk III .22lr, or my Ruger Police Service Six, or my ITM AT-84, or my Ruger Mk II, or my Springfield P9.

rklessdriver
October 22, 2013, 09:08 PM
That is the premium carry gun there... really nice condition but not perfect. I have a 1977 mfgr DS that I carry almost everyday.... had it almost 6yrs now. Shoot a couple boxes of ammo thru it a few times a year to keep my skills with it up to par.

I'd go $450-$500 on it.

I have few Smith J Frames as well but prefer to carry the COLT. Fears of breaking them is IMO overblown. They are well made from the best materials. By the time you wear one out, you would have spent way more than $500 on ammo. I carry and shoot mine as intended.

Will

OARNGESI
October 22, 2013, 09:23 PM
550=650

Reloadron
October 22, 2013, 09:35 PM
My best and final offer in my area of NE Ohio would be Ten Bucks, a Bottle of Wine and a Hooker.

Seriously, if the action is tight and the revolver is as clean as it looks I would have no reservations offering $500 for the gun. With original box it would be a $600 revolver around here.

Ron

PabloJ
October 22, 2013, 09:59 PM
The actual worth is $425+/-25. I would much rather own S&W Model 12 largely because parent company still makes revolvers meaning common spare parts are readily available when needed. Another huge advantage of owning a S&W is I can fix most problems myself w/o resorting to service of gun smith.
Take plate off each and superiority of Smith will be readily discernible even to non-revolver guy like myself.

ColtPythonElite
October 22, 2013, 11:05 PM
$450 tops.

MaterDei
October 22, 2013, 11:07 PM
$150.

Hey, you asked what I would give for it. I'm not a revolver guy. :)

BSA1
October 22, 2013, 11:38 PM
Joe,

Beware of the posts with high prices. They are spending your money not theirs. :rolleyes:

ColtPythonElite
October 22, 2013, 11:46 PM
Do a Gunbroker search of completed auctions and see what guns like it actually sell for. That is a fair barometer of what the market says they are worth.. I would guess my $450 is low.

marv
October 23, 2013, 01:23 AM
I'm not in a position to comment on the DS. However, I have a nice Official Police. Took it out one day and shot it a while, cleaned it, and put it back in the safe. When I want to shoot a .38 I grab one of my M10's. The Colt is a really nicely built gun but it doesn't "feel" right to me.

Reloadron
October 23, 2013, 06:31 AM
This thread brings to my my general answer when someone ask me what a gun is worth. Any gun on any given day is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, no more and no less. :)

Ron

Ash
October 23, 2013, 07:11 AM
Okay, I'll talk my money. I bought a Model 10 a week ago for $275 ($299 OTD). This week, I paid $500 for a Trooper Mk V. I am seriously considering $595 for a new condition blued Mk III.

I have Smiths, Rugers, a Taurus, a Hopkins and Allen, even two Nagants, in addition to my Colts. My great-great grandfather and his son favored Colts (the former carried an 1849 Pocket Pistol at the Battle of Atlanta while the latter used the same revolver for Turkey hunting). My grandfather favored the S&W Model 10. Me? I prefer my Ruger for mud and gunk work but prefer the Mk III I have for the Farm. The Model 10 is a nice, quaint revolver I bought for fun and because it's cheap.

The Colt lock work is definitely more of a challenge than the Smith, which is harder than the Ruger. Ruger lockwork is the easiest to work with in my experience. But, I have yet to have a problem with a Colt and other than than that 1849, my oldest Colt is a New Service that still works great (it was Dad's). If a 100 year old revolver is still trucking along and my Troopers are considered stronger and easier to work on, then I think I'm in fine shape.

I can say without hesitation that the best triggers are on my Colts. The worst is on my Ruger. Even so, they are all better than the double action on any automatic I own save for an ASAI One Pro.

bannockburn
October 23, 2013, 07:32 AM
For the Detective Special in that condition I would say $450 to $500 would be a decent price range.

Paul7
October 23, 2013, 06:19 PM
$300.00

No factory repair support, parts only available from parts companies and lack of gunsmiths trained to work on Colt D.A. revolvers make this gun safe queen with occasional outings.
I think that's an internet myth, Colt works on Pythons, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't handle a DS. Colt also has some parts for these revolvers, and if they don't have the parts can direct you to who does have them. A quick search on GB doesn't show any going for only $300.

sixgunner455
October 23, 2013, 06:24 PM
I sold my 1970 DS for $350 a couple of years ago. I liked it quite well, but prefer S&W for carry and regular shooting, and *needed* the money to fund another project.

I would buy another one.

22-rimfire
October 24, 2013, 05:32 PM
I would guess $450-$500 as a typical price for one in 95% condition. That one looks better. So, price would likely be in the $550 area.

savit260
October 24, 2013, 10:05 PM
I would much rather own S&W Model 12

A model 12 doesn't fit in the pockets a standard pair of jeans very well if at all.

A model 12, being a K/KA frame is a mid size frame gun where as a Colt D frame is a small frame gun.

I've owned and shot both extensively. The 12 is a belt gun, the DS is a pocket gun. Different animals IMO.


Take plate off each and superiority of Smith will be readily discernible even to non-revolver guy like myself.

..... oy. :scrutiny:

hAkron
October 25, 2013, 08:23 AM
$400-$500 would be about right. I bought a SF-IV which was essentially the transition between the DS and the DS II for around $600 with the box and paper work this spring.

sarge83
October 25, 2013, 09:12 AM
I paid $360 for the nickle version of this critter about 5 yrs. ago in about the same condition. Three yrs. ago I paid $300 for a blued version with a bobbed hammer. I would say in the $350-$450 range in my area currently.

PRM
October 25, 2013, 03:56 PM
Completed auctions (where they have sold) on Gun Broker, they are bringing $600 +- in that condition.

I had one stolen earlier in the year in similar condition. Mine was 98%+ on finish. My insurance paid me $725. Being no longer in production and a set of custom wood grips brought it up some.

AABEN
October 25, 2013, 05:30 PM
If made in 1947 to 72 275.00 1973 TO 86 90% 300.00 == 1993 to 1995 90% 300.00 THIS IS THE FOURTH ISSUE THIS IS FROM MY OLD BLUE BOOK

content
October 25, 2013, 07:16 PM
I recently picked up its brother, slightly darker grips and beautiful original blue for $450 OTD, it was marked $550 at a consignment shop for a month.

Great little snubbie, please let us know if you get it.

SwampWolf
October 25, 2013, 07:26 PM
As described, the Colt DS would fetch at least $550.00 or so, in my neck of the woods.

I've owned and shot both extensively. The 12 is a belt gun, the DS is a pocket gun. Different animals IMO.

I, too, own both (actually, my Colt is the lighter Cobra version of the DS) and I agree with savit260's sentiiments: the Model 12 belongs on a belt and the littler Colt is well suited for a pocket.

ColtPythonElite
October 25, 2013, 07:27 PM
If made in 1947 to 72 275.00 1973 TO 86 90% 300.00 == 1993 to 1995 90% 300.00 THIS IS THE FOURTH ISSUE THIS IS FROM MY OLD BLUE BOOK
Blue Book means very little on many guns, especially out of production models.

OilyPablo
October 25, 2013, 07:33 PM
Here that would sell for $500.

It would absolutely sell FAST for $400.

Jaymo
October 25, 2013, 08:32 PM
There is no superiority of the S&W lockwork. Only difference.
They are two different guns, of two different designs, from two different makers.

IIRC, Colt still services the DS.

A Commando Special (DS with factory rubber grips and parkerized finish), just sold for $2,171.00 on GB.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=369606551

P5 Guy
October 26, 2013, 03:24 PM
Around $400 but not too much more. The only advantage over a modern S&W is one more round and no 'safety lock'.
Plus a S&W of the right model will shoot 357MAG, so will a SP101.
Some collect guns for prestige, some buy tools, I'm the latter.

savit260
October 26, 2013, 07:57 PM
The only advantage over a modern S&W is one more round and no 'safety lock'.

You're forgetting that the Colt is a flat V spring type action, which will likely have a smother feeling trigger than the coil sprung J frames or Ruger sp. (both excellent guns in their own rights)

Ash
October 26, 2013, 08:30 PM
Ah, but what a tool a Colt revolver is...

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