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    Value on a Cobra? Pics added

    I have come into an apparently unfired 1958 vintage Colt Cobra in .32 New Police, S/N 716xxLW. This is about as perfect a gun as I have seen....not a mark anywhere and only the faintest beginnings of a turn line...easily 99+%. Wood grips are perfect with no missing points, etc. The box is also there, in good shape but not as nice as the gun. This was my wife's father's, and I think she would rather have the proceeds than the gun, depending on its value. I'm more of a S&W guy when it comes to DAs. Any help would be appreciated.














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    I was looking at a cobra at a gunshop and he wanted 500$ which I thought was too much. This was the original issue cobra blued finish was ok not much wear but it was really stiff to cock anyway He put it on internet site (GB) and got 600$ for it . I think that was too much but He got it. I paid 300$ for my blued cobra first issue with the box. It has some holster wear but is mechanically perfect. Only problem is it shoots 3 inches left at 15 yards.

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    if it is an honest 99% with the correct box, it would bring 500 quickly around these parts!
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    You don't mention barrel length (presumably it is a 2" snubbie) or whether it's nickle or blued. Nickle Cobras are listed as 15% higher in the Blue Book,
    If the gun is truly near mint with the original box, I would guess in the right venue it would bring as much as 550-600 if blue, 600-700 if nickle. Believe it or not, current Blue Book values a first issue Cobra in 100% condition at $850 if blue, $850 plus 15% if nickle....although I have not seem them go for that much.
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    32 chambered Cobras are less common than 38 but demand would be less also. So this may effect price.

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    Junior Member zipdog is on a distinguished road

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    Thanks, fellas. Good info all around. To show my ignorance, what constitutes a "1st Issue"? Mine is a 2", blue, and has a full length grip frame. As I said, the S/N seems to indicate a 1958 year of manufacture, according to proofhouse.com.

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    Junior Member zipdog is on a distinguished road

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    To show my ignorance, what constitutes a "1st Issue"?

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    You might find it interesting, Colt used grease pencil
    to mark the serial on the bottom of the box, not black magic
    marker. I see that pic is missing.

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    Does that box say $71.50 is the original price?????

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    Can't help with what it's worth, but it's finer'n frog hair.
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