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Info on a Colt 38 sp Detective value

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wjm5806, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. wjm5806

    wjm5806 Member

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    I have 1970 model Colt Detective snub nosed .38 special that was a gift to me years ago. I'm thinking about parting with it but have no clue as to what it is worth. I've checked GB and see them any where's from $350 to $1500+...anybody have any thoughts on it? I put the rubber grips on it as my paws are to dang big for the little wooden grips. I don't even know what I did with the wood grips.
    wjm

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  2. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    $700-$900 would be my guess based on auctions where they have sold. I'm certainly no Colt authority!
     
  3. rooferbob

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    Realistically more like $500-$700
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  4. Al391brown

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    Without the wood grips its maybe worth $300 at the condition I can see from the pics retail. Dealer may give you $175 if your lucky. They made a few thousand of them from 1966 to 1972 if your sure yours is a 1970. It would be a lot more desireable if it had a 3" bbl or was nickel plated. Without the wood wraparound grips its not worth much. You need to find the grips and look for the right buyer. If i were you i would personally keep it for a glove box/ nightstand gun.
    Good luck
     
  5. wjm5806

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    I will have to look harder for the grips. The gun really looks like a brand new one, the pictures do it no justice at all. It was a retired city detectives gift from the PD he worked for so he never fired it just kept in the drawer of his night stand. Thanks for your thoughts guys.
    Bill
     
  6. jaeger18

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    That is a solid $350.00 gun.
     
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    It is amazing how much it hurts the value of a gun not having the original grips now. If I think of how many times I took the wood grips off and put Pachmayr grips on then losing the original grips it makes me sick. Try buying a set of original model 19 or Python grips now and see what they set you back.
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  8. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Bet all these $350 and below guys would happily buy it from you!
     
  9. wjm5806

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    I was wondering that myself :) I'm going to find those dang grips!!
    Bill
     
  10. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    I bought one in1966 at Klein's Sporting Goods on Wabash and Lake Street in downtown Chicago. It was my first gun and I paid $70.

    I don't remember what I had for dinner Saturday.
    Know what I mean?
     
  11. wrd

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    I have a 1957 Detectives Special. In almost new condition. Original grips and almost invisible turn line. Looks unfired. Thought about selling it. Local dealer offered me $450. It's still here, lying beside my 1957 Cobra. They are no bother and they are almost irreplaceable.
     
  12. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Keep your eye on this for the next week....
     
  13. claybrdr

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    Closed at $630
     
  14. wjm5806

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    Wow...very nice. I have been unable to locate the dang grips yet but I'm still looking. :)
    wjm
     
  15. noatrophy

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    I picked up a set of Detective Special Grips that looked unused with sharp checkering on ebay about a year ago for about $35.00.

    I don't think your model came with the later, handfilling grips; unless I'm really mistaken, they were of the non-handfilling, old style that wrapped around the butt end of the grip frame.

    If you have to buy a used set for your gun, it may increase the value of the gun way more than it will take to pay for the used grips.

    Just my $.02 worth.

    Harry D.
     
  16. wjm5806

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    Thanks Harry and you are right the grips were as you say.
    Bill
     
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