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In case of hard times...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Quoheleth, Apr 19, 2011.


In case of hard times, which would you sell

  1. S&W 25-5 in .45 Colt

    45 vote(s)
  2. S&W 17-6 in .22 LR

    40 vote(s)
  1. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    if you had these two S&W revolvers, which would you sell for emergency funds?

    S&W 25-5 in .45 Colt (c) 1991 manufacture. This is the 1955 Model Heavy Target Barrel Revolver with 6" barrel, wide target trigger and hammer, red front post, white outline rear sight. No box, manual, or accessories.

    S&W 17-6 in .22LR early 90s manufacture (per Radagast, the SN appears to be out of sequence so it's hard to nail down a date); 6" barrel, no lug. Recessed chambers but barrel is not pinned. Patridge front sight. Wide target trigger and hammer.


    Edit: these are the two highest-value guns I have. I could cull some others to make up the value of one of these, e.g. a Rock Island 1911 plus a Browning Buckmark. So, I guess that should have been Option #3.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  2. Smith357

    Smith357 Well-Known Member

    If i have any other gun that can fill a self defense role like a shotgun or rifle then I sell the .45 Colt, if not then sell the .22
  3. Steel Talon

    Steel Talon Well-Known Member

    Neither, They are both potentially hi earners.;)
  4. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    I would sell the browning buck mark. You could find another any time.
    KEEP the S&W's They would be hard and costly to replace.
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I'd hate to give up either, but if I had to I'd keep the model 17. In .22 LR you can still afford to shoot it, but shooting the .45 would be expensive unless you handloaded.

    Anyway I wish you some better luck.
  6. OldCavSoldier

    OldCavSoldier Well-Known Member

    You can do more with the Model 25, so, if I could only keep one of the two, I'd keep the Model 25.
  7. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    FWIW, I do reload for the .45 Colt.

    I'm not at the point of having to sell yet...more of a "just in case" situation.

  8. newfalguy101

    newfalguy101 Well-Known Member

    I would probably let go of the .22 before I would the .45
  9. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    I'd take option 3 first, then if I had to I would agree with Old Fuff and keep the 17.
  10. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Oh No, Rev. Jon but based on these two factors; I would keep the same one my
    friend Old Fuff recommended, or the S&W model 17~! :scrutiny: ;) :D
  11. J-Bar

    J-Bar Well-Known Member

    Keep the guns. Take a night job.

    I have sold guns to pay bills. Always regretted it.
  12. jad0110

    jad0110 Well-Known Member


    Or, if you are like the rest of us, if you really look around your house you can probably find thousands of dollars of needless crap laying around. Just watch an episode of Hoarders sometime ... the next morning you'll have a yardsale and make a grand or three ... or five. :D
  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Tough choice. I would probably keep the 25-5. Hard decision though.
  14. Remo223

    Remo223 member

    Only way I'd sell either one of those is if I had more than one of them.
  15. torotoro

    torotoro Member

    I'd sell the .45 if I had the 1911 for SD. The .22 would be less costly to run and I'm guessing the .45 may fetch a bit more money.
  16. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I would probably keep the M17 although like the others, I wouldn't want to sell either.
  17. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    Well I do have both in my safe. There are other guns that would go first. But if it came down those two, I would keep the .45.
  18. oldfool

    oldfool Well-Known Member

    you have the 1911, i.e, a good service class SD/HD gun
    Bad Bubba won't know the difference between being shot with 45 colt or 45 acp
    (and none of the four is of optimal CCW size)
    hard times, scarce dollars for anything, including ammo
    I would keep the 17, sell the 25 (and keeping three is better than keeping two)

    of the four mentioned, the 17 would go next, re: cash value
    because Buckmarks shoot cheap rimfire real well, too
    then the Buckmark
    1911 SD/HD last to go
  19. DWFan

    DWFan Well-Known Member

    Since you handload...sell in this order:
    S&W 17
    RI 1911
    S&W 25
  20. robctwo

    robctwo Well-Known Member

    I love my S&W 25s. I also love 1911s and .22s. For me keeping the 1911 and the 617 gives me a good semi for self defense and a great revolver for all other reasons.

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