Savage 1907 .32 acp

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by srtolly1, May 5, 2012.

  1. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    I'm pretty me to the forum and I enjoy older firearms. I have a few now bit since all my kids moved out I've had tome to enjoy some of the finer things in life.
    I was at a LGS yesterday looking at shotguns because I want to start hunting and was talking to the but at the counter about layaway when out of the corner of my eye I seek this pistol. I ask to see it. Long story short. I have it on layaway and still need a shotgun.
    It is a Savage 1907 in .32 acp. All seems to function well but it has almost no finish left on it. I'm wondering what the value may be and if refinishing it will harm the value. Any info is appreciated.
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Model 1907 Auto Pistol 32 ACP cal.
    100% 550$ - 60% 100$
    + box and instructions
    ++ for nickel, silver or gold finish
    +++ for factory pearl grips. (three types)
     

  3. Tackleberry1

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    Is this the Savage model that Colt Sued over patent infringement? That would make it worth collecting "to me" for it's attachment to JMB.

    Tack
     
  4. srtolly1

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    Thanks for the replies. Everything on it looks really good except the finish. I was thinking I wouldn't refinish it but from what Cane posted it doesn't look like it would hurt the value any to re finish it.
     
  5. hiwall

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    I understand that canebrake is quoting the book prices and books are often reasonably close but..... I have never seen one for sale for $100. I keep my eyes open for the Savages as I have a friend who collects them. I don't know where you are but in the condition you state out here they would be asking at least $200+. They are great shooters. And have a sleek look. But I would not hesitate to refinish in this case.
     
  6. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    If done correctly, there is nothing wrong with refinishing a firearm.. The correct term you need to use though is "restore".. :)
     
  7. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    I have never seen one either and I didn't think the $200 they wanted was out of line. I will restore it. Anyone know how the Savage handguns were finished? Looks like it was blued
     
  8. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I've only ever seen blued models.
     
  9. flyspooky

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    I have one that was nickel plated from the factory. Beautiful condition. Still need to go shoot it.
     
  10. c3shooter

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    Took a look thru the completed auctions over on Gunbroker for Savage 32s- $200 seems to be in the ballpark.

    Most of those were blued. Those are not Uber collectable firearms, but were well made small autos. Go ahead, find a decent smith, get it reblued IF you are planning to keep it. 32 ACP is not real cheap ammo, but you can make a great target load using a single pellet of size 0 buckshot.

    BTW, that is about 100 years old, and a nice bit of history you have there. Congratulations.
     
  11. canebrake

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    Not what I intended my post to imply.

    I never recommend to refinish a collectible. Depending on the condition I may recommend to restore it.

    Esp. with old warriors, (military artifacts) the wear should be witnessed. It is worn as a badge of courage evoking a plethora of mental exercises to postulate what historically happened to the firearm.

    Commercial firearms, not so much unless their providence can be connected to some celebrity.
     
  12. srtolly1

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    I do plan on keeping it. Cane is correct, restore is what I want to do. I've has good luck with cold bluing but I think this one will go to a professional. I did my Ballester Molina and o doesn't look too bad. O also did a Winchester 1902 .22 single shot that was my grandpa's.
     
  13. Glock

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    Can you shoot modern smokeless powder in it without hurting it mechanically or depreciating its value? I passed on one recently and I'm wondering if that was wise.
     
  14. mountainman13

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    I wouldn't recommend it. If you chose to do so it would probably be something ridiculous like 2 grains of powder.
    Assuming you're talking about a bp .32.
     
  15. c3shooter

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    No such thing as a black powder .32 AUTO. The cartridge was created in 1903, after the BP era. The Savage is capable of digesting standard .32 ACP ammo.
     
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  16. mountainman13

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    I thought it was an odd question.
     
  17. Glock

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    Maybe it was an odd question. I was uncertain on when smokeless powder was first used in handguns, and if was comparable pressure-wise to the powders used in commercial ammo today. My only experience with C&R handguns is my CZ 52.
     
  18. c3shooter

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    FWIW, there were very few autos made for black powder, due to the rapid fouling effects. 1899-1900 is about the smokeless general distribution date.
     
  19. Johnny357

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    I had one of these many many years ago and used to shoot it. It was crazy inaccurate and prone to jamming, but back then I didn't know much and never took it to a smith to get it figured out.
     
  20. hiwall

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    I've shot about 20 or more different ones of these, in .32 and .380. I've never had one jam yet. Accuracy has been OK(sights are poor for target shooting). If I was living in 1920 I would have been very happy to have one of these.