Colt Price Check

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    Colt Price Check

    Hey all, I need some help.

    One of my friends has a Colt Single Action Army in 44-40 that was made in the 1970's. It's a third generation, LNIB with all the original paperwork. It's had less than 50 rounds through it and sports a 51/2" Barrel. He told me it was an "Artillary" Model. It's in "mint" condition and he wants $1200 for it. I don't know anything about SAA's and was wondering if this is an OK deal.

    Thanks, Biker

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    That's not a bad price for a 44WCF.
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    You might peruse the online inventory at Collector's Firearms, a great gun store in Houston, Texas, to get an idea of market price for Colt SAAs. I browsed through it a while ago and there are quite a few .44-40 SAAs listed.
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    Given the current collector's market for Colts, any SAA in mint condition should easily be worth $1200.00. I saw one advertised for sale locally a couple of months ago for $1500.00.

    The current MSRP of a Colt SAA from the factory is $1290.00 to $1490.00.

    You might want to check out the Colt Forum for more info:

    http://www.coltforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php

    BTW, any SAA with a 5.5 inch barrel is generically called an "Artillery" model.


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    Sounds like a 3rd Generation SAA which would put it into the range of $1350 and up, unless yours is one of the rare "screwless" frames. If it has adjustable rear sights and the serial number includes the letters "NF", the revolver is a New Frontiers model and worth slightly less ($950-$1050)
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    It's a 3rd Generation with fixed sights.

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    Sounds like a fair price, even though it's been fired. A Colts SSA will not loose value. I LOVE my SSA's (even have requested to be buried with a special one). Go for it.

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    Sounds Fair and as said colts dont lose value they only go up

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    Thanks for the help all.

    I passed on the 44-40, but did get a NIB 45 LC. My dealer will have it in on Thursday and it only cost me $1265 OTD. The reason I passed on the 44-40 was because I couldn't find any ammo, and I drove to 3 different shops. All of them are known for being well stocked with "hard to find" stuff.

    Besides, since it's a 45 LC I can find Self Defense Ammo and may even carry it for that purpose on certain occaisions. I just couldn't warm up to the 44-40 as a "man-stopper".

    All my guns have to be able to stop what I want to stop, when I want to stop whatever it is I want to stop. The 22 stops rabbits, the 38 SPL too. Plus the 38 SPL will stop a man. The .357 stops man and deer and the 45 ACP stops men well, as does the 9mm. The 44 Mag will stop any 4 legged critter in North America and most 2 legged critters also.

    Thanks again for the help, Biker

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    Be careful with your ammo selection. I'd recommend staying with standard pressure & velocity ammo.

    There's some "high performance" (read higher pressure) .45 Colt ammo on the market that probably wouldn't be safe to fire in the SAA.

    That was a good price you paid, BTW.

    Good shooting.


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    Still a good SAA choice. The 44-40 ammo is usually available in cowboy action loadings and at most gun shows. I carry a (ranch gun) Colt clone (Cimmeron) in 45LC , and it does everything I expect. I have several hog traps - the 45LC puts them down better than anything else I've used. What a hole ! I chose the 45LC mainly because I had a Winchester M94AE in the same cal. - a very handy combo. Now put the 44-40 SAA in layaway for next year !!

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    Josephine has come home to stay!

    I named her after Josephine Marcus of Tombstone and Wyatt Earp fame, since I went to the real Bird Cage Theater last week.

    I wasn't going to pick her up until Monday, but I woke up early when the shop called to tell me it was in. Well, sleep is overated anyway. Sunday will be a shooting day for sure.

    For those that are wondering, it's a 5.5" Barrel, Blued with Color Case Hardening. She's in the safe loaded with Blazer 200 Grain JHP's. Now I just need to find a Left Handed Crossdraw Holster that fits a 1.5" Gunbelt. I have placed a call to a friend to make me a Holster.

    Biker

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