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    Fair price for .38 police positive snub

    Any thoughts on what a 38 caliber snub nosed police postivie special should go for? Good shape, not pristine. I think it was $425 or so on the tag. 38 S&W, or short.

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    More information needed. Does it say Police Positive or Police Positive Special? Or something else? Barrel length? Grip type? Serial number and pictures would help. Are you sure it is .38 S&W? If so it would likely be marked .38 New Police. Most PPS in .38 were in .38 (Colt) Special, same cartridge as .38 S&W Special, often marked as just .38 Special.

    In average condition, I think the price asked is a little high.
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    D Walt-

    Don't have pictures. The gun is not a special, has the short cylinder.

    Barrel is about 2 inches say. I'm not certain. I don't own it, I saw it at a gun shop so I have no photos or s/n. Maybe a better question might be what is the ceiling on the price of a snub nose gun like this say if it were NIB. Clearly it is not, but that might give me some basis to compare to. I knew the question was nebulous, but I thought maybe a range might apply. Say $450 is top dollar for one of those, or $1000 or whatever it might be.

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    I think without pics or more specific details, you really can't come up with a reasonable price range. It would be guessing at thia point and that is not going to give you what you need to buy it. Provide the pics and info and then an accurate figure can be provided.. Ron

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    OK guys I cannot provide pics, so I will stop asking. I was just curious to tell the truth. Thanks for responding.

    Thanks Elliot for the info as well.
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    Colt only made one production snub nose in 38 S&W and that was the Bankers Special. The barrel on the Bankers was clearly marked as such. If the info about the 38 S&W chambering is correct, I would suspect the gun is a Police Positive with a cut down barrel. Of course anything is possible so photos would be essential. The price quoted would be a bit high for a cut down gun.
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    Troid.. most gun shops will let you take pics so you can research BEFORE you buy. I have done it many times.

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    The forum will do everything posible to help folks. They are a wealth of knowledge but you have to give something for them to work with.If yo ucan, go to the store with pad/pencil and write down all info. Gunshops don't mind this. Ron
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    OK guys I cannot provide pics, so I will stop asking. I was just curious to tell the truth. Thanks for responding.

    Thanks Elliot for the info as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald12 View Post
    The forum will do everything posible to help folks. They are a wealth of knowledge but you have to give something for them to work with.If yo ucan, go to the store with pad/pencil and write down all info. Gunshops don't mind this. Ron
    I hear you Ron. I've received much help during my time here. I'm not close to this shop and I am unsure when I will go back. They had two guns that I think were cut. The other was a nickel that said Official Police. The PP hasn't been on my radar as of yet so I was curious. There is a more likely target nearby that I think would draw out my cash first before the old snub. The next time I'm that way I will stop in and see if I can get a pic or two.

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    Sounds good. Just didn't want you to get discouraged or get the feeling the forum was ignoring your needs/request. Take care, Ron


 
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