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What's a reasonable price to pay for a SW 940 3"?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by col_temp, Sep 4, 2013.

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  1. col_temp

    col_temp Member

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    Having looked around at several sites and past auctions there seems to be a wide range for these.

    I saw one today at a local shop and while interested not sure I want to spend the money.

    The shop was looking for $949 which seems a bit high but then again.... GB has then for around that range.

    Suggestions? Or would I be better off with a Ruger SP101 I saw thew other day?

    FYI, This would be an around the house gun so CCW is not as big a deal.
    Interested to hear what the experts have to say.
     
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    Any gun is worth what you are willing to pay. If you're happy with the price it's a good price. If you think it's high, it's high. I tend to agree with you, that does sound high but then again, they don't make them any more.

    There is an alternative, the Charter Arms 9mm Pitbull Rimless Revolver and the bonus, you don't have to use moon clips. It has a 2.2" barrel, holds 6 rounds and weighs only 22oz. The Retail price is $465 so you will probably find it right around $400 in the shops. That might be a good option too.
     
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    Wow, I didn't know they made the 940 in a 3"... that would be an awesome gun!
     
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    Madcap,
    The first two years they made both 1.25 and 3". The 3" ones are definitely rarer than the 1.25's.

    Thanks for the reference Archangel. Still looking around to see what's out there, though the Ruger SP-101 we saw the other day and dry fired is a possibility.
     
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    Actually the s & w came in 1 7/8" and 3" versions. They are rated for limited +P, but no +P+ ammo. They make excellent carry weapons and by the way the short bbl. does not give us much velocity if that's a concern.
     
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    Have always wanted a 940 in my inventory...

    Someday... [​IMG]


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    The price you mentioned is what a 2" 940 typically goes for. It is hard to say the value of a 3" because it is just super rare.

    As I understand it there are only about 300 3" 940's. A lot of S&W collectors don't even know about them.

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    I had two 940's when they first came out. One was a replacement for the other, and both had the same serial number, although the lettering and numbers were different on both.

    Both guns failed within 200 rounds of new, and both locked up tight with live ammo still in the cylinder and they had to be disassembled to get the ammo out for shipping.

    On the second trip back to S&W, I told them I didnt want another 940, and they sent me a 640 as the replacement.

    I dont know if they ever got the problem figured out or not, or if it was just teething problems with the early guns, and later guns were fine. They werent around very long, and I always figured they were still having troubles.

    If it were me, and I were looking for another one, Id look up the serial number range, and look for one at the end of range.
     
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