Colt Official Police .38 Special

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by beaglesam, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    Colt Official Police .38 Special
    Found this gun today at a LGS. Owner said it belonged to an Ohio State Trooper. Original grips are in poor condition. Bluing is worn because of being holstered. The barrel is in excellent condition barely looks shot. They are asking $375. Because of the grips and excessive bluing wear I offered $325 he declined and didn't counter offer. Am I missing something or should I go back and buy it at $375.
     
  2. Jagermeister

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    Too much, Maybe 150 so you can spend money on new grips and finish. Does it even fire? Did you check the barrel and cylinders? Sorry, I hope I am not preaching to the choir. If so, my apologies.
     

  3. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Sounds like too much to me!
    For the condition it is in!

    03
     
  4. Gatoragn

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    Any sales tax?

    I am not an authority, but unless there is some other intrinsic value, it would need to be stainless for me to go $375. Maybe $375 out the door, after tax.
     
  5. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    Barrel and cylinders are in excellent condition, barely looks like it has been shot very little.
     
  6. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Here is BeagleRocco.
     

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  7. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Still too much for me. Do you really want? That is what is important. This could be a fun project if you put more money into it.
     
  8. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Saw one at a local gunshop, good condition, for $325.00. Of course, that was before the currrent hystera.
     
  9. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'd jump on it,, Colt revolvers ,, like the older S&W's,, have been going for premium prices her in n.w. Ohio. The last Official Police I saw went for much higher than 375 and I was very surprised that it sold in less than a couple of weeks I believe a lot of Colts and Smith's are being bought up and going in safes for speculation,, I haven't even seen an older Model 10 Smith on sale anywhere for a decent price. I would snatch it up,, it will go up in price in my opinion even if it is a shooter.

    Jeff
     
  10. trip286

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    I wouldn't do it for $375. If he didn't counter offer, then he's counting on being able to sell it. Maybe he's already seen several people interested in it...

    Old, poor condition of the grips and bluing, I wouldn't go over $300. I don't give a flying rat F**K if it is a Colt.
     
  11. nitestalker

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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.
     
  12. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.

    Good shooting,
    Jeff
     
  13. mag318

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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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