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1849 "Colt" FIE advice needed

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kBob, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    Stopped at a pawn shop today in my search for a deal on a BP revolver.

    They had an FIE 1849 in .31 cal with a barrel not over five inches in length, perhaps shorter. It has a brass frame though. Also a spot or two of surface rust on the barrel. Looks like the nipples may be battered of just allowed to corrode and the screws for the frame appear burred and unblued.

    Like most Pawn SHop bandits they wanted what I believed was way to much ($150 US). Dispite my giving him ample opertunity to make discount offers by explaining that it was too much for my toy budget and that it seemed sort of what I was looking for as a wall hanger.

    Am I wrong in thinking this brass framed wreck was over priced at $150?

    I am actually considering stopping by there Friday afternoon and offering him a C-note if he deals with the taxes....but not a dime more....though it would make for a bad trip to my final destination and home if they did not take the $100 US

    Am I out of line here, or missing something?

    My other "big find" in another place was a "rare" Spiller and Burr brass frame kit that some one had assembled but not finished the metal or wood on. THis was marked for a mere $249 and then this bozo started on about some other guns that were rather common that he wanted too much for as well so I walked out of there with no effort to haggle. He actualy had a few military things and ammo I was interested in but had no desire to be composted along with what was being slung about.

    Frustrating week day "off"

    -Bob Hollingsworth
  2. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    With the high price of energy nowdays, the dollar just doesn't go as far and vendors aren't always willing & able to bargain very much, even for a less desirable gun.
    There's an unfired FIE brass 1849 listed for private sale on TFL for just a few more gallons of gasoline than even after that pawnshop's best probable price reduction. :rolleyes:

    See the last price with shipping:

    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  3. pohill

    pohill Well-Known Member

    I just sold an F.I.E. Baby Dragoon .31 for $155 and I threw in a bag of 100 balls. It was brass framed with some nice scroll engraving on it. It was a tight little gun, with no looseness at all. F.I.E. wasn't known for quality but this little gun was in great shape.
    I have a Spiller & Burr that is one of the best de-farbed guns I've ever seen and I paid about $135 for it maybe two years ago. I saw one on Gunbroker or Auction Arms recently for about $165.
  4. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    kBob - $150 for the gun you described is about $100 overpriced.
  5. Snaggletooth

    Snaggletooth Well-Known Member

    Over priced

    I bought three of them for 100 each from a seller about two months ago, No rust. All were FIE and brass frame. He only shot 7 grains of powder in them. Everything was good. No corrosion or rust anywhere.
  6. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies and directions to what would have been a great purchase...but see my latest post on my need to develope self control.

    -Bob Hollingsworth

    WV SCROUNGER Well-Known Member


    THE LACK OF quality IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT for sure....
    save up some $$$ and buy a steel frame Uberti or Pietta....
    it will last a lifetime....
  8. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    Yep. The first thing I thought when I read the description was "That gun couldn't possibly be worth more than $50."

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