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colt 44-40

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dab102999, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    I have a buddy who inhereted a bunch of guns from his grandfather. He knows what most of them are worth for insurance purpose but isn't sure on a Colt 44-40 (1914 model) new service model, blued with wood grips. 8" barrel. His great grandfather bought it new and it is in original and very good shape. He asked me and I really didn't know minus looking on gun broker for a close estimate. Would you say the value is in the low $1000 range or did I tell him too little. I could get pics if I have to but it is easily 80% or better.
  2. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Depends entirely on its condition. Got any pics???
  3. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    I will try and get some pics, I live 45 minutes from work one way and he lives 45 minutes the other way, and he isn't very computer friendly so will be a while before I can get any. Just thought I would try this route first. But thank you for your reply.
  4. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    An 8" barrel NS is somewhat unusual as they are only listed as having a 7.5" barrel. The length of the barrel is measured from the cylinder to the end of the barrel and I bet that it is really 7 1/2".

    Does it have target (adjustable) sights? If so, in 95% condition or better it could be worth quite a bit more than a grand.

    We will definately need to see picture to asses the value. Also there is a premium on the early models, so a serial number would help.
  5. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    Revolver barrels are measured for length from the forcing cone, to the end of the barrel and does not include the length of the cylinder FYI/FWIW
    The preevious def. didn't include from the FRONT of the cylinder to the end
    of the barrel.

    Is this a Double Action Colt New Service Revolver or the Single Acttion Army ??

  6. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    Barrel is 7.5". Serial number is 57922. It is double action. He sent me a cell phone pic and will try and attach.

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  7. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    Two more things. There is an f below the serial number. And i had this gun confused with another one he has. I would say this gun is 70-75%. There is no rust or anything like that but finish is not shinnny. Shows holster wear on side of barrel.

    Thanks again.
  8. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    Your friend has the "improved model" New Service made around 1912.

    With firearms condition is everything in determining value. It is rather hard to tell from that picture what the condition of that gun really is, but to me, it looks to be a bit better than 75%. See if you can get some better pictures taken with a real camera rather than a cell phone. Until then, it will be hard to give a accurate estimate of the value.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  9. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    His wife said he is gunna be unable to get me any more good pics for a couple of weeks but she sent me a couple more cell phone ones. In the one close up of the hammer area it shows the worst conditon of the gun but i would not decribe it as rust. It is more of a different color of blueing if you know what i mean. This model also has a lanyard hoop on it.

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  10. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    Also again, thank you for all your help and replys.

  11. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    It is still hard to judge the overall condition, but I do see what looks like some pitting just above the grip area.

    Assuming that it is indeed a 75% gun finish-wise and the bore and chambers are good, it would probably fetch around $400-500 dollars in most places. Out here in the Peoples Republic of California, it could possibly go as high as $600.

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