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    1952 Colt Detective Special LNIB unfired

    Hello all. I have been a member of the CCA for quite a while but just discovered the forum while searching for a value for a Colt Detective Special s/n 618468 99.5% in the original serial numbered box which still has the label on it but is missing one of the long flaps of the lid. It looks to be original tissue paper and also a set of handling instructions included. This revolver has the plastic grips and and a beautiful blue finish with only the faintest turn line. The top of the frame has a matte finish that continues all the way around to the underneath forward edge. This matte finish is also present in the flutes of the cylinder. Any idea of a value? Thanks Greg
    Listed for sale on gunbroker
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=185204753

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    Looks to be about a $700+ gun.

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    That's very nice. Good description by the seller as well. Even though the gun is very nice he points out its smallest flaws.
    I agree with the $700+ above. Probably north of that.

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    You did notice that the poster is the seller?

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    Yes I am the seller on Gunbroker. I am sorry I should have been more clear on that. I posted this same thread on the CCA web site last week looking for some help on value but got no replies. I wanted to get it listed for sale yesterday so I used the Blue Book of gun values to help me choose a reserve. Right after the auction started I thought of this site and I wanted to see if I could get an opinion before it got a bid which would allow me to adjust my reserve if necessary. I collect mainly Military weapons and I am selling this for a friend (not my bag). Thanks for the replies, I feel comfortable with the reserve based on your feedback.
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    No disparagement intended, just an observation test. Your reasoning makes sense as we know the BB is not comprehensive on all items. Good luck. I see the bidding has started.

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    Yes good luck. I'm interested to see where this goes myself.

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    Nice gun for sure.
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    Nice gun and good luck with your auction.

    re: "appears to be unfired"

    The forum experts took me to school the first time I ever posted something similar to that.

    No Colt has left the factory "unfired" from what I've learned.

    Not all Colts were shipped with test targets, but they were indeed fired prior to shipping.

    "Hardly fired" or "only test fired" seem to be the appropriate descriptions.

    Also, I'm guessing if the gun had never been fired the "fine turn line" would have appeared from dry-firing and/or cycling the action without letting the hammer fall.

    Those issues were on my "Colt D Frame" final exam.

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    Yes you are correct and I should have worded that differently.

    Thanks
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