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Price Check On Colt 357 Magnum

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by PCCUSNRET, Jun 24, 2010.


    PCCUSNRET Well-Known Member

    Hope it is okay to ask for a price on a gun. If not, please delete and I won't do it again.

    A friend of mine has a Colt Pyton 357 Magnum he wants to sell. He said he had it appraised several years ago and was told it was worth $800.00. Not sure if they have professional appraisers for guns and it may have been a clerk at the local gun store. Anyhow, I like the looks and feel of the gun. Trouble is, he wants me to make an offer (I hate when this happens). Any suggestions on what one of these might be going for? I believe it has a 4" barrel. Thanks!

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  2. PhiloebeddoUSA

    PhiloebeddoUSA Well-Known Member

    4" is extremely desireable. Depending on condition they are going from $700-$2000+

    You need to find out when it was made. Earlier ones tend to fetch a bit more than those produced later. Also need to check for pitting and any nicks or holster wear. Check the action as well. Has it been put through the ringer or has it been in a safe all these years?

    Many folks will tell you that the Python is the finest revolver ever made. Few will say otherwise.

    If its a friend asking for a price, you definitely want to be fair. Times are tough right now, so $800 revolvers aren't flyin' off the shelf.

    If it's a sweet Python in above average to excellent condition I would go ahead and offer him the $800. Between friends a couple hundred bucks shouldn't matter one way or the other. They aren't making revolvers like that anymore and most everybody would love to own one.:)

    Best of luck.
  3. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind a $700 Python will look like its been dragged behind a truck down a dirt road and is probably out of time.

    $800 for the Python pictured is borderline theft.

    If I were selling it I'd ask for $1200.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2010
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I deduct a couple hundred dollars for that dang trigger shoe marring the factory finish where the set-screws ate into the Colt trigger finish.

  5. Phydeaux642

    Phydeaux642 Well-Known Member

    I recently (four weeks ago) passed up a 6" bbl Python that had a $750 tag on it. Looked real nice and locked up tight as a drum, so, if you look (and don't get in a hurry), there are deals out there.

    PCCUSNRET Well-Known Member

    Thank you all very much for your help. We have come to an agreement on the price and now all we have to do is sort out the correct way for him to ship it from California to my FFL in Virginia. I have an individual with a FFL in Virginia that is willing to accept the gun from him directly but we need to make sure it is legal for him to ship it directly to my FFL without going through an FFL in CA. I know in most states this is fine, but with so many restrictions in CA it's hard to tell. Thanks again!
  7. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    In ********** $1200 retail in that fine condition. $1000 for quick sale anywhere.
  8. sw282

    sw282 Well-Known Member

  9. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    I sold a stainless Colt Python that I didnt ever shoot for $1250 last month.

    PCCUSNRET Well-Known Member

    I received the Colt and it appears to be in very good condition. The only signs it has even been used are the rotating marks on the cylinder and one 1/4" light scratch on the cylinder (shown in photo). Based on the condition of this gun, if it was yours would you shoot it or save it and pass it down to one of the grand kids?

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  11. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    I'd shoot it AND pass it down to the grand kids. Shooting a used gun doesn't ruin its value any more unless you are careless and ruin the finish or damage the gun. If it was unfired then maybe it would become a safe queen.

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