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Price check: Smith & Wesson 620 in .357 magnum

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ijosef, May 9, 2009.

  1. ijosef

    ijosef Well-Known Member

    A guy at work is offering a S&W model 620 in .357 mag for $600. It's a stainless gun, and it comes with the original box as well as a speedloader and 3 boxes of ammo (brand unknown). He wants $600, and it's supposedly in excellent condition.

    Is that a good deal? Fair? Poor? Any opinions on the 620? I've never shot one myself.
  2. Chindo18Z

    Chindo18Z Well-Known Member

    $600 is a bit high, but not outrageously so. All functional pistols from quality manufacturers are somewhat overpriced these days.

    Recent sale prices on GunBroker.com range from $625 - $716 for NEW or LNIB examples of the 620.

    Sold prices have ranged from $499 - $638 (again, for NEW or LNIB examples). Of course, these prices did not include shipping or applicable taxes

    Last year at this time, you could find a new 620 or 619 (fixed sight) for $550-$620. Used for a bit less...$450-$500.

    Offer him $500-$525 and flash cash. If you really like the revolver, meet him in the middle. The speed loader and ammo are just a sweetner (and he probably has no use for them after selling the gun). On the other hand, at the recent price and scarcity of ammo, 3 x boxes of factory .357 and a speedloader adds about $60-90 of "boot" to the deal (depending on what brand of cartridge).

    The 620 is a good .357. I had the 619, but eventually traded it away as I'm not enamored of current S&W production features and already have a stable of various Smiths.

    My 619 was an excellent and accurate weapon. I'm sure the 620 would be even better due to the adjustable sights.

    Hope this helps...
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I agree $600 is too much for a used gun. I owned a M619 (the fixed sight model of the M620) and it's a great gun. It's accurate and holds 7 rounds instead of 6 but that's just too high IMO.

    As a matter of fact, Bud's Gun Shop online has the M620 in stock for $642 NEW... For $42 more you get a new gun. IMO I wouldn't pay him more than $450 considering you can buy the same gun new for $642. (or less locally)
    Last edited: May 9, 2009
  4. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    Bud's prices are usually quoted as delivered. So at a local transfer price of $20, that means $662 delivered for a new one. I believe technically S&Ws lifetime warranty applies only to the original purchaser, though they are never sticklers about that from what I undestand.
  5. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member

    The MSRP of a current 620 is $893. Most shops would give him 50% of the list on trade - at most. Figure $447 for the gun - maybe $10-$15/box for the ammo - and $5 for the speedloader - looks like $500 trade value - max. What you give him over that should be dependent on how near new it is and how close a friend he is. $600 is nearing the 'new' price, typically 70-73% of MSRP ($630+). Of course, check stock for a new 620 - the gun madness seems to have depleted some revolver reserves, too. Then, there is the old axiom that you cannot pay too much for a good firearm.

  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    The link I provided in Post #3 for Bud's shows the M620 available and ready to ship.

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