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    shooting master .38

    Hello guys, I have a question, I just came across a Colt Shooting Master in .38 cal. the revolver is in very good to excellent shape. It was made in about '36 as far as i can tell. Can anyone tell me what a realistic value is?
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    Re: shooting master .38

    For reference, I paid $1000 for this .38 spl Shooting Master, shooter condition, a little over a year ago. Shipped 1932. I think it was a fair price. 38 spl is the most common caliber.



    I think I recall seeing a very high condition 38 spl, LNIB, Shooting Master go for $2500 or so last fall, maybe a coupla hundred more, at one of the auctions.

    Price is very condition driven; those last few percents of condition really jack the price. And presence of the box, papers, etc., will drive it on up there, too.

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    Re: shooting master .38

    Really nice ones, in 38 cal. 98%+ are going for about $1,700.00 on the auctions. Box, and papers could push it higher.

    I just bought a nice shooter on the net for $750.00. It would be 98% except for some storage rust spots, that will mostly come off. Our 99% one, we really don't want to beat up by shooting it.

    Anything under $1,500.00 for a 98% one would be a steal. They just did not make a whole lot of them. The other calibers, 357, 44 Special, and 45's are really rare.

    Good luck.
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    Re: shooting master .38

    Thanks Guys, The one i have ran across does not have the original grips, the one it has are pretty cool but not factory, how much does this hurt the value?
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    Re: shooting master .38

    Original Shooting Master grips run $250 to $300 when the come up on Ebay. If the grips on the revolver are pre war target grips by Roper or Sanderson they are likely worth more then the orginal grips. If you buy the revolver post pictures of the grips on the revolver.

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    Re: shooting master .38

    funny you mention, as it turns out the colt S.M. has sanderson ambi. target grips, considering this and the rev. is in 98% what is it worth?
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    Re: shooting master .38

    Ezz, fundamentally, a gun is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I know that sounds trite, but it is true. At the end of the day, when we have these “how much is it worth” discussions, that is always where we wind up.

    That said, Robba, who is a pretty experienced fellow, says any 98% 38 spl SM at under $1500 would be a steal. I think I agree with that. The one you’re looking at does not have the original stocks, but it has Sandersons. Hmm. I know much more about Ropers than I do Sandersons, and were the stocks Ropers I’d think the stocks enhanced the value a bit. So, for me, I’d say the gun you are looking at is likely worth a fair $1800 or so, and anything up to $2000 would not be unreasonable.

    BUT, there is a very big caveat here. Your 98% may not be my 98%.

    Some guys are conservative (these guys are usually called “buyers”) with percent ratings and other guys are wildly optimistic (“sellers”), so unless you see the gun, and judge for yourself, it is really hard to say what a 98% gun will turn out to be. One way around this is to deal with people with whom you have dealt before, and trust.


 

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