Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Colt detective at Gun show

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by RevolverMan567, Aug 25, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. RevolverMan567

    RevolverMan567 Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2007
    Messages:
    312
    Location:
    outside obamaland
    Ok so I was at the gun show and it was the usual show...lotsof guns no one wants, lots of guns everyone wants but way overpriced and the occasional gun that met both criteria of want and price. So i found a colt detective special. not only is it a gorgeous gun but it fits well. However the gun was tagged at 300 and I have to take a closer look, The left hand side was a "patina " Brown from where It had been carried and not cared for. Timing was right on and The lock up was tight. Unfortunately I'm a S&W man and don't know if the old colt is worth it. I love the look and feel but don't want to be had. Is it worth 300 in good time and decent finish?
     
  2. panther22

    panther22 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    Messages:
    192
    Location:
    missouri
    They go for $400 and up around here, especially at gun shows. I love S&W's too but the old Colts are sweet guns. They are the only revolvers that have a trigger that rivals the old S&W trigger.
     
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,879
    Location:
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    $300 ain't a bad price, as these old Colt Dick Specials are drying up. From
    your report, I would probably buy it~? :uhoh:;):D
     
  4. GunTech

    GunTech Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Messages:
    3,878
    Location:
    Helena MT
    A good condition Dick Special can go from $400-500 here, depending on condition. I'd buy it and have it reblued if the finish is bad. There aren't going to be any more.
     
  5. Flame Red

    Flame Red Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    595
    Gosh I passed on a Colt Agent (which is the alloy frame version of the DS) for $325. It was in great shape. Only reason was that I was out of $. Went back after hitting the ATM and it was GONE.
     
  6. JMag

    JMag Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2003
    Messages:
    276
    Location:
    Southeastern USA
    Flame, how do you sleep at night passing up that deal?

    :D
     
  7. Hawk72

    Hawk72 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2007
    Messages:
    18
    They are $400+ locally (in Colorado).
     
  8. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    1,731
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    A good condition Dick Special can go from $400-500 here, depending on condition. I'd buy it and have it reblued if the finish is bad. There aren't going to be any more.

    +1
     
  9. flashman70

    flashman70 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    246
    Location:
    Northern VA; 2nd home in SC
    Good info on value. guess I'll hang on to my nickel plated snubbie that I got back in '93 for $200.
     
  10. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,879
    Location:
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Colt Agent-

    You folk's are gonna think I'm lying, but honestly this is the truth; so help me
    GOD~!

    While working in the gunshop one fall afternoon a year or so ago, an old
    gentleman entered the business carrying an old bolt-action .22 caliber
    rimfire rifle, a starter pistol, and something in a sock. It turned out that
    the old sock contained a pristine 2nd (1973 and beyond) factory deep
    blued, .38 Special Colt Agent. When I removed the little Colt from the
    sock, I quickly asked the gentleman- "how much will you take for this"?
    Without a response, I said- "I will give you $100 [cash] for it, right now!
    He thought for a moment, and said- "will you go $120"? I said, SURE WILL
    and whipped out my wallet and gave the old gentleman the requested
    amount. I admit, that when I look at this pristine little Colt I feel guilty;
    kind'a like I took advantage of the old gentleman, or something. But, I
    gave him the amount he requested. We shook hands and parted ways;
    now, I'm the proud owner of this little gem. Its in the inventory not
    too ever be used; but rather passed down to my daughter as a very
    valuable "keepsake", along with the 3 other 2nd series (1947-1972)
    Colt Detective Specials one of which is a 1971 factory nickel model
    that has only been test fired six times~! ;)
     
  11. joplinsks

    joplinsks Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    154
    Location:
    Joplin, MO
    Colt Detective Specials are $350-$400 at the gun shows around here... and they are usually less than perfect. I've been wanting one for years and would have seriously considered it for $300... even more if the seller could be dickered down a little.
     
  12. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    23,648
    Location:
    Los Anchorage
    $300 is a very good price for one in good condition with good timing. They're sure not going DOWN in price.
     
  13. welldoya

    welldoya Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2007
    Messages:
    708
    Location:
    Florida
    I wouldn't have even considered offering the old guy $100. I honestly couldn't sleep at night and I sure wouldn't tell anybody about it.
    My grandfather's postman cheated him out of several of his possessions before he passed on and I get pissed everytime I think about it.
    Your story reminds me of why I wouldn't even consider taking a firearm to a gunshop to sell.
     
  14. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Messages:
    21,662
    Location:
    Northeast PA, USA
    Ala Dan,
    It's bad enough you cheated a old man but you are telling us about it too? I can only imagine he was selling the few thing of value he had left to feed himself. Shame on you.
     
  15. cameron.personal

    cameron.personal Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Messages:
    369
    I bought this one last night for $200...

    [​IMG]
     
  16. JMag

    JMag Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2003
    Messages:
    276
    Location:
    Southeastern USA
    Cameron, correction...you stole it for $200!
     
  17. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Messages:
    18,523
    Cameron - @ $200 you've really got a great bargin. That's the older Python type lockwork on that Detective Special. Kudos to you.:)
     
  18. cameron.personal

    cameron.personal Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Messages:
    369
  19. jdomin

    jdomin Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    142
    Location:
    Lancaster, Pa
    should woulda coulda bought it
     
  20. GunTech

    GunTech Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Messages:
    3,878
    Location:
    Helena MT
    Cameron, I thought I stole mine at $325. Nice deal!

    [​IMG]
     
  21. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    2,912
    They're worth what people think they're worth, both buyer and seller. I have one I bought in 2004, made in 1970, for 189.00. Some minor holster wear on the edges.

    It is very accurate, perhaps the most accurate revolver I have fired. It wears rubber Hogue monogrips because I didn't like the worn-out wood grips it came with. For hiking, I go back and forth between this gun and a 9mm. This one is easier to carry, but I doubt I would be able to replace it for less than twice what I paid for it.
     
  22. rdrancher

    rdrancher Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2007
    Messages:
    824
    Location:
    North Texas
    :rolleyes:

    A little harsh there don't ya think?

    rd
     
  23. countertop

    countertop Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,640
    Location:
    At the diner
    Its not like he sought the guy out, this guy came to him and asked $120.
     
  24. tasco 74

    tasco 74 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2004
    Messages:
    855
    Location:
    iowa u.s.a.
    i notice all the great colts have a shrouded ejector rod. my wife has her dads old colt det. spl. that has a little round barrel and an exposed ejector rod. is it worth anything to anyone?:D
     
  25. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,879
    Location:
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Att: tasco 74

    My three second series issue (1947-1972) Colt Detective Specials all have
    the exposed ejector rods~! ;):D
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page