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Best places to buy used wheel guns... and what are the going prices for older S&W's?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wacki, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. wacki

    wacki Participating Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    Reminiscing the Rockies
    I see lots of people posting stuff like this:

    What are the best places to buy used revolvers? And what are good prices for an old Smith in 357? I'm particularly interested in S&W .357 magnums. Every time I go to Indy 1500 gun show there are only a few booths with used S&W's. Of the used revolvers I see most of them are some caliber other than .357 (.44 mag and .38 special are the most common). As for price, I don't think I've ever seen any magnum for less than $500.
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State

    On quality used S&W revolvers are rising sharply, everyday~!
    Get yours NOW, or you will be sorry~! :eek: :uhoh:
  3. calward

    calward New Member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Richmond VA
    Yes, I would like to know good places for this as well. Gun shows now seem to have about 99.5% autoloaders. I don't much care for buying online; I lijke to touch and feel before plunking down a few hundred dollars. Are pawn shops the way to go?
  4. CajunBass

    CajunBass Mentor

    Jun 2, 2005
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    I've never bought a gun in a pawn shop, but then I've never seen much in a pawn shop I wanted. What I did see I thought were overpriced anyway.

    I get mine from a dealer in Richmond. You can probably guess which one. They don't stock a lot of "beaters", what you'll find there is usually good stuff. It will be priced accordingly. They will dicker with you a little but frankly for most any Smith & Wesson these days it's a sellers market.

    I haven't seen ANY Smith & Wesson in .357 for less than $500.00 in a long time. Most are pushing up into $600-800-and even $1000.00 or more depending on condition and things like boxes and papers. Really you have to find what you want, and probably bite the bullet. Even 38's are pushing up into $400-500 range.

    I just paid $650.00 for a really nice Model 28, 4" barrel with box and papers. Was that "high"? I don't know. At the time I thought it probaly was, but I hadn't seen one in a long time. Since them from what I've read online, it doesn't seem to have been out of line at all. They ain't getting no cheaper, that's for sure.

    Good luck.
  5. Jonah71

    Jonah71 Participating Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Missouri near Whiteman A.F.B.
    About a year ago I paid way too much for a 1958 S&W Mod. 14 4"bbl in good condition. I think it was $445. At the time I was told there weren't many Mod. 14's with 4" bbls. (that hadn't been cut down) I still wouldn't sell it for that much today. I just have a soft spot for old wheel guns. Maybe the price will go up enough for me to part with it someday, but now I'm kinda fond of it. Even if the price was too high, I wanted it bad enough to pay for it. So it was worth it....to me.
  6. karlsgunbunker

    karlsgunbunker Active Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    Indianapolis, IN
  7. huzzah

    huzzah New Member

    Nov 26, 2010
    Do you know the way to look at it if you think you may have paid to much? Just decide that you didn't pay too much, you just bought it a little early.
  8. evan price

    evan price Mentor

    Dec 7, 2005
    http://www.ohioccw.org/ Ohio's best CCW resour
    Keep looking. Gun Shows are usually a nonstarter since there are too many naglers casting hooks in the water. I find the best deals are at hole-in-the-wall pawn shops that will haggle, huge gun stores with LEO trades, and surfing on-line auctions.
    Seen a S&W 65 go for under $300 last week locally. You have to keep looking!

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