Question for the Enthusiasts

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Oaktree45, Apr 1, 2020.

  1. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    Did you Read locutus post. Up there
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It looks like a retirement gun. Like a gold watch.
     

  3. tac foley

    tac foley Well-Known Member

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    NOT if the factory nickel-plated it. The non-white personage in the lumber yard here is the name put on it.
     
  4. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    Just so you know those Vintage stag grips are collectible on their own and are worth over $300.
     
  5. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for that information and I didn't know those grips are collectable.
     
  6. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    They are highly desirable. We stopped the importation of Sambar stag from India years ago and prices have doubled and tripled on vintage stag since then. I’m a big fan and many of my guns/knives wear stag so I buy a lot of them.
     
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  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Oaktree,
    That goes back to what I stated earlier. You may get some decent money out of the gun because a collector might need a set of Original Sag Grips for one he has that is a collector. $$$$$$ As Wambli stated the original Stag Grips are going for $300 by themselves alone. So plus the gun it could still bring good money depending on what you think the gun itself is worth.;) And they did come in Blue or Nickel from the factory.
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  8. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    I'm waiting to here back from Colt about the nickel plating but I don't have high hope they will have an answer on a gun this old. I've also sent out a couple of inquiries hoping to find out who P. Kiehl is but again, I don't have high hopes.
     
  9. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    I can see this being a "Chief's" gun for a local police department. It's actually a very nice piece, tastefully done and nicely preserved, and if I saw that on Gunbroker it would attract my attention REALLY quick!
     
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  10. JTJ

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  11. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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  12. Oaktree45

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    That is very interesting. You are a world class sleuth. The response I received from Colt gave me a website that archived serial numbers and info which included how the gun was finished. Unfortunately the cost is $75.00 and there is a 90 day turnaround time.
     
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  13. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    No, I am retired and getting cabin fever.
     
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  14. Wambli

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  15. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    I have no history of the gun other than it belonged to now deceased brother. I wouldn't know vintage stag grips from imitation plastic grips.
     
  16. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    Take them off and look at the flat inside and it will be immediately recognizable as not plastic. Might even have a stamp with the makers brand such as Ajax or Eagle. Also the original grip screw was replaced with a hardware store Phillip’s head. A proper slot screw replacement should be available from Brownells or even eBay.
     
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  17. Oaktree45

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    I was going through some of my brother's paperwork (boxes and boxes) and I came across the sales receipt for the gun. Unfortunately it is a generic sales receipt and doesn't have the name of the business or individual who sold it to him.

    I'm convinced the gun was nickel plated at a later date but my curiosity got the best of me so I sent off the information about the gun along with a check for $75 to Colt Archives. The turn around time is 90 to 100 days so it's going to be awhile before I have the information I want. The official letter I get back won't have any information I don't already have other than how the gun was finished and where it was shipped to. I gotta know!

    And you are right Wambli, I believe those are stag grips.
     
  18. freefall

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    I learned this on Antiques Roadshow. To tell plastic from horn or ivory heat a pin with a match or lighter, touch it to the inside of the item. If it melts in, it's plastic.
     
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  19. Oaktree45

    Oaktree45 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that tip freefall, the grips are definitely not plastic.
     
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  20. Oaktree45

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    A friend posted this on my Facebook page and I have to share it here.

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