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How to find older Taurus price?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BHFG, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. BHFG

    BHFG Active Member

    I have a Taurus Model 85SS2 .38 SPL revolver made in 1993, stainless with rosewood grips. I have been thinking about selling it but have come up empty trying to find out what the value is on these. All the blue book listings I have seen only go back to around 1997.

    Its in mint condition and I've never had any issues with it, but I just don't shoot it much.

    Anyone know what a current value on these?

  2. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Well-Known Member

    *checks wallet*

    I think they go for around $10, nib. I suppose I could take it off your hands if you'd like, I'll even pay shipping.

    Seriously, I have no idea. Good luck though. :)
  3. Goblin

    Goblin Well-Known Member

    Just go with the 97 price. I don't think an older one would be worth more. I 'm not aware of any collector value for a Taurus.:)
  4. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    go to Gunbroker and search completed auction for what you have. Look for ones that actually sold, not just closed without a buyer. That is a good way to get an accurate idea.
  5. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    Maybe $200 you could fetch in some areas? $150 would probably sell quick, over $200 would be a harder sell.
  6. Old 112

    Old 112 Well-Known Member


    I would not my 85s for that,
    but that is about what they go for.

    Mine are from the mid 90s, and are good quality and acurrate.

    I know you did not ask opinions about selling your revolver, but I have suffered SELLERS remorse before.

    Old 112
  7. Blarelli

    Blarelli Well-Known Member

    My dad bought one very similar to your description about a year ago for $175. I would rate the gun itself in almost excellent condition.
  8. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Well-Known Member

    Used Taurus pistols hold value about as well as a Sieve holds water. Check out the Blue Book of Gun Prices and subtract about 20% for a realistic price.

    When they work, they are exceptional values. The problem is getting them to that condition.
  9. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    ^ It's true that you have to factor in the relative level of value a Taurus holds... but when you factor in the weak dollar and generally higher prices, you have to factor that in as well in the other direction.

    I second Old 112's statement. $200 +/- sounds about right, but I wouldn't sell mine for that price. A full $200 might be a tough sell; $180 would be significantly easier.
  10. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    Pre lock, with the older style cylinder latch?

    Saw one just like it yesterday at a dealer. He was wanting $275.

    (I was tempted, but already have a 605 on the way. And, despite the fact that this guy is only 20 miles from my house, he's out of state, so unless he personally knows my dealer, getting it into my hands would be more trouble than it's worth.)
  11. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    it's also been in my usually sad experience when trying to sell a used Taurus that I didn't fetch much.

    I've also gotten some good deals on used ones because of this, a totally ANIB. might as well been NIB 2004 production mod 85 for $200.

    Also a very nice and accurate in box mod 431 at $200, a somewhat worn but functional PT92 for $200.

    And a mod 941 stainless 4" I sold due to porr accuracy, I took a loss, I bought it for $200 as well!

    A security company sold off a bunch of S&W mod 10's and taurus 82's in my area in 2003. I ended up buying a nickel one for $105 and and blued for $100, my dad got a pair of 82's at less that $100 each.

    Also in 2006 got a stainless Taurus pump .22mag with a cheap scope and a tang sight for $150.

    I have more Taurus resale and purchase stories but that gives you an idea.
  12. Elvishead

    Elvishead Well-Known Member

    $150-200 comes to mind.
    I wouldn't pay more that a Buck-Five.

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