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Old 03-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #11
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A Colt PP .38 or .32 in 90% condition sells for $350-$400. A Colt PP in the condition you describe 50% is worth around $250 dollars.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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Realistically, I agree with trip286 and others that the price is too high but the market here is just crazy high on Colts and Smiths. Beaglesam, in the Dayton area, Old English seems to have some of the better deals and their prices seem inflated on these models also. Up here in the Findlay to Toledo area, it is very difficult to pick up one at a decent price from a shop anywhere. Especially in this current hysteria, one may want to wait but if you like it, do what you feel is right for you. Brownells or Numrich more than likely have original styled grips and if the piece is in good mechanical shape, you should have no problems in function. This forum has a lot of good input, use what you can and have fun no matter what your decision.

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Old 03-05-2013, 05:16 PM   #13
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Anytime you look at an older Colt be sure to check the timing. To do so cock the hammer slowly 6 times and watch to see if the cylinder bolt locks into the cylinder before the hammer is at full cock. Colts for some reason seen to go out of time quicker than S&Ws. That said I really like the Official Police as it's an iconic police revolver, a market that Colt once owned. But as described I wouldn't go over $275/300. You can find nice ones like this on the auction sites fairly regularly.
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