Quantcast

Holy Cow look at the reserve on this Colt.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Eb1, May 25, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    10,583
    I really struggle with engraving. It just seems ridiculous to me on a lot of guns. That's JMO.

    "I know I just bought/made/designed a magnum revolver...... LETS ENGRAVE FLOWERS AND SWIRLY STUFF ON IT!!!!!!" "Yep.... that looks good next to the pony....."

    "Harry, should we just do a little bit and see how it looks?"

    "NO! Lets cover the thing so it looks like Martha Stewart's gun!"

    I wouldn't pay over a grand for that thing, and then I'd turn around and resell it for more.
     
  2. il.bill

    il.bill Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,370
    Location:
    FOID Land (Illinois)
    I looked at the pictures he posted with the listing and I am not sure that revolver is actually engraved. In several of the photos it looks like those are perhaps water droplets on the metal. Maybe he left it out in a light rain and forgot to wipe it off before taking the pictures.

    I think I would have found a buddy who knows his way around a camera and offered him 1/2 of 1% of the proceeds from a successful sale to do a better presentation for that 'buy now' price. He should have just asked me for advice, but then, what do I know? I do not even own a Colt revolver.

    I wonder what his reserve on the auction is. I bid $50 over the opening bid and that was still not high enough!
     
  3. joem1945

    joem1945 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2014
    Messages:
    2,016
    A seller can ask any amount he wants. I doubt he will get what he asks for unless the engraving was done by a noted artist.
     
  4. 788Ham

    788Ham Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,206
    Location:
    Hills west of Denver
    I sure like the 6" Python I own a lot better, knowing I can shoot mine and not have to worry about cleaning all that other stuff up too. To each his own. :eek:
     
  5. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,852
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Would it help to know that the finest, manliest firearms in the world, chambered in the manliest cartridges imaginable, used to take the largest dangerous game in Africa, typically have British "rose & scroll" engraving?

    Most American guns, like the Python in question, are not going to have any floral patterns. Most are going to be what is known as American scroll. While fewer are oak leaf or cattle brand engraving. I don't care for either of the latter.
     
  6. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    10,583
    That's a negative Craig. I don't think floral engraving makes a gun seem unmanly though, the entire imagined exchange just sounded funny to me. I know it's traditional, and on a limited basis, I do like it on some guns. I like it on some holsters too. It's all personal preference. I wouldn't buy a pink corvette, but I'm sure it's still fast.

    Yes, that's what I said. Swirly stuff. ;) Now some oak leaves I could get into. But I am a professional forester, so.... there you go.
     
  7. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,852
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    I had to give it a shot! ;)
     
  8. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    17,848
    Actually, I like good engraving on a firearm; but IMHO (and from what I can tell from the bad pictures), that is not very good engraving. An engraver is, first and foremost, an artist. Everyone can scratch metal, just like everyone can daub paint on a canvas. Not everyone is a Kornbrath or a DaVinci.

    Jim
     
  9. JudgeHolden10

    JudgeHolden10 Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2013
    Messages:
    765
    Location:
    St. Louis
    I've heard that high-end jewelry dealers will raise their prices when something doesn't sell. And colleges often resort to giant tuition hikes to convince potential students that their college is better than others.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/feature/the_prestige_racket.php?page=all

    If I had $8000 to spend a handgun, I would rather pay someone like Hamilton Bowen to create something extravagant for me. :D
     
  10. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,852
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    How can you tell anything from those pictures???
     
  11. daboyleroy

    daboyleroy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2015
    Messages:
    511
    Location:
    Ga
    Reserve

    When it comes to guns and dogs.......
    Show me how it "talks" or "barks"
    Looks is lower on the list of gotta have

    I have no show guns/dogs


    Now women ARE a whole different story
    tgrn:D
     
  12. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    17,852
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Yeah but a show dog is good for little else, an engraved gun will do anything a plain one will. I carried my engraved Cimarron Open Top all last season, using it to dispatch several varmints and plan on taking a buffalo with my engraved Ruger .500 after I get it back. ;)
     
  13. sean1129

    sean1129 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Messages:
    65
    Location:
    Middle West
    How does it go--"...a fool and his money welcome here..."
     
  14. valnar

    valnar Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2003
    Messages:
    1,451
    Location:
    Ohio
    Maybe it's the pictures, but I think that engraving actually takes away from the gun, not adds to it. I think the basic bluing on a Python is a beauty to behold on its own.
     
  15. savage24

    savage24 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Messages:
    46
    Back in 1996 I attended a gun auction that had two 6" factory engraved Pythons, one blued & one stainless. They were new in wood presentation box with certificates from Colt's. I had $500 in my pocket. One sold for $700 and the other sold for $800.

    The crowd was starting everything low and making the auctioneer work. After watching the first one sell I knew I would not be able to buy the second one either. I wanted to say I bid on it, so when the auctioneer started out asking for a $200 bid I immediately threw my bidder number up and yelled FIVE HUNDRED!! All the old guys up front who had been starting everything at $100 turned around and stared at me. I just smiled back at them. Those were beautiful revolvers and they sold cheap that day, but I simply did not have the funds to bid any higher. I have acquired four Pythons since then and they have appreciated in value, but those two engraved beauty's will always be the ones that got away.
     
  16. rtz

    rtz Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Messages:
    159
    Location:
    OK
    Watch Jerry lock one up as he attempts to fire it fast at 3:15 into the video:

    He also has some interesting remarks about the gun over the course of the video or maybe near the end. About getting one worked on and getting it tuned compared to working on a S&W back then.

     
  17. oldfogey4ever

    oldfogey4ever Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2012
    Messages:
    61
    Might be one of those "Yes, honey, I'll put it up for sell but only for what it's worth" type of ordeals (never know).
     
  18. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Messages:
    5,773
    Location:
    Hastings, Michigan
    This. At first glace, it looked like it was covered in truck bed liner.
     
  19. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Messages:
    5,773
    Location:
    Hastings, Michigan
    A show dog is good for much more than an untrained dog. An engraved gun is nothing but a gun, no more, no less, just cosmetically different. A show dog will do things an untrained dog will not. The analogy does not fit reality.

    We show our dogs, not just conformation, but weight pull and bite sleeve competitions. Depending on the Kennel Club, and the breed, its not all hoity toity old ladies with their pinkies extended and their powder puff yappy dog-like-things.

    I have show dogs, but I don't have engraved guns. My show dogs are trained to be almost as effective as a gun, though.

    10841575_10152890300512458_834027992_n_zpsuqdmcor9.jpg

    Bite force measured at 315 PSI, which converts to 45,360 pound-force/square foot. Ouch.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice