Good Deal?

Good Deal?

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    Good Deal?

    I walked in to my local gun shop to handle some Glocks to help me cement my choice to use my GSSF voucher on. I walked to the cases at the front of the store and saw a large collection of Colt revolvers. Some had case numbers on them. I saw a Colt Detective that caught my attention. I asked the man if he could take it out of the case to look at it. The barrel and cylinder were in good condition. The frame was also in good condition. The grips were original. It had minimal holster wear. The asking price was $379. I put it on layaway. Did I make a good choice? Glad my tax return is going to be a good one this year.


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    you can't go wrong with a good wheel gun, They go bang every time and never jam. Enjoy it.

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    Since you asked, depending on where you live, you could have went with a new SP101 in .38 or 357 for a little more. I am guessing the 379 price was for the name. I mean, you asked..lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbary View Post
    I walked in to my local gun shop to handle some Glocks to help me cement my choice to use my GSSF voucher on. I walked to the cases at the front of the store and saw a large collection of Colt revolvers. Some had case numbers on them. I saw a Colt Detective that caught my attention. I asked the man if he could take it out of the case to look at it. The barrel and cylinder were in good condition. The frame was also in good condition. The grips were original. It had minimal holster wear. The asking price was $379. I put it on layaway. Did I make a good choice? Glad my tax return is going to be a good one this year.
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    I checked the serial number. It was manufactured in 1972.

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    From what I have seen, it looks like a fair price, not great, not horrible.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiwood View Post
    you can't go wrong with a good wheel gun, They go bang every time and never jam. Enjoy it.

    i had a ruger revolver that jammed constantly.

    it was a bisley vaquero 45LC, and the cylinder would completely bind, and freeze up the whole gun every time i fired it. had to remove the cylinder to get the remaining live rounds out. sold it.

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    Barbary;

    You did well to latch onto that Colt Detective Special. It is a very refined and shootable revolver that conceals well. An excellent choice!

    "I am guessing the 379 price was for the name."

    $379 is an excellent price for a Detective Special. While I think that the SP 101 is the best Ruger DA revolver out there I still am not willing to own one. I don't like the clunky revolvers that are built like tanks. I do own and carry a Detective Special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harley2007 View Post
    From what I have seen, it looks like a fair price, not great, not horrible.....
    ^^^what he said^^^^^^^^^^^


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    Good luck with new revolver
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    No mistake. Fine purchase!

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    Good deal...I'm sure you'll enjoy!
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    If you landed on a "third variation" - the type with the shrouded ejector rod - you did well. I found a little-used DS about a year ago for the same price; mine has some "freckles" of surface rust and is headed for a custom project by a Colt specialist.

    Ever since I got mine I've been tracking prices for Dick Specials on GunBroker. The only ones you'll see for under $350 are rust buckets or nickel-plated models with half the plating gone and wearing cheap plastic imitation pearl grips. As long as yours has pretty solid lockup (no rotational slop in the cylinder when cocked), you've got a keeper. Six shots in a package just a snick bigger than a J-frame, and uses the same speedloaders as a K-frame.
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    I wouldn't think twice about what you paid for this gun. I imagine you'll get at least $400 worth of enjoyment and peace of mind out of it, so you're already ahead...

    Enjoy it, I know I would.

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