Colt "Dick" Special

Colt "Dick" Special

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    Colt "Dick" Special

    I found a mint Detective Special. The track line is nonexistent on the cylinder and I can find no evidence it has ever been fired. There is a slight wear mark on each side of the barrel at the muzzle where it was obviously shoved into a cheap holster some where along the line but zero marks on the cylinder and frame. It has the original box and factory paper work.
    They are asking $800.00 for the gun which with sales tax and check fee puts me $880.00 out the door. Seems high but I have wanted one of these for along time and the ones I found prior to this were in good mechanical condition but about 75-80% on the finish (quite a bit of holster wear) and they were in the $500.00 range.

    Is it worth this kind of money??? Any and all comments welcome.
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    It may be a bit high, but if I wanted it, it would be mine. Colts will continue to hold or increese in value, in my opinion.....
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    Unfortunately, the Dick Special has been long discontinued and it's a sellers market for a primo specimen.

    Is it worth it? That's up to you.

    I tried to put in a link to Gunbroker, but it doesn't seem to work. Just go to www.gunbroker.com and do a search. There are lots out there of various vintages and conditions.
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    A gun or anything else for that matter is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. That said I have been looking for a quality Dick Special for several years now. Found one but my captain does not want to sell it. If I offered him $800 I think he might. That seems to be a bit steep but then again how bad do you want one.
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    Thanks for the replies! You all are right I just have to decide how bad I want it. He told me he had two Diamond Backs last year that he sold as NIB for $1,200.00 so I guess the Colt's are up there.
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    Paid 750 for my unfired 1962 3 years ago so I don't think it is that far off.

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    If its a series 3 (1973 to 1986) that is a bit high IMO even in mint condition but the price willl only continue to go up. A first series which ran from 1927-1946 or a second series 1947-1972 in unfired condtion would certainly command that price or much more. These are the unshrouded barrel Dick specials.

    I purchased this one 2 years ago for $450 in a private transaction. I offered and he accepted and the deal was in my favor IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    If its a series 3 (1973 to 1986) that is a bit high IMO even in mint condition but the price willl only continue to go up. A first series which ran from 1927-1946 or a second series 1947-1972 in unfired condtion would certainly command that price or much more. These are the unshrouded barrel Dick specials.

    I purchased this one 2 years ago for $450 in a private transaction. I offered and he accepted and the deal was in my favor IMO.
    This is a shrouded model and he said the pistol was "about" 30 years old making it a 1980 or there about. Looks exactly like the one you have pictured.
    Thanks for the info.
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    If you have, or can get, the serial number, go to www.proofhouse.com and you can tell exactly when it was made.
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    For $800 it should look (and stay looking) unfired and have the box and papers.

    If you plan to carry and shoot it that price is CRAZY
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