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    Police Positive Grip Serial Numbers and DS Value Question

    Hello experts.
    I'm new to Colts and looking to add an early model DS to my lineup. Thank you in advance for any answers/opinions to a few questions, including the age-old "what're they worth" question.
    Is it true that pp grips had serial numbers that matched the sn of the gun? If so, how much more is a gun worth if they are matching? I'm considering buying a 1922 pp in excellent shape, but it's priced at $600, no box or paperwork. There's also a pristine 1927 DS, but it is at $900, no box as well. These seem on the high end of the spectrum to this newbie. What do you think?


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    Prices may not be on the high end if condition is what you posted.
    Without at least a picture to see a rational estimate is improbable.
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    What kenhwind said.

    Also, as a general comment without having seen the guns, the price for an all-original “pristine” 1927 DS would be a lot less high-end than for the PP.

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    That 1927 DS at $900 if it is pristine is a bargain. Of course, make sure it has original finish and has not been redone.
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    If you don't know original finishes and their percentages - hold off on buying anything until you do - don't take the word of the seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley41 View Post
    Is it true that pp grips had serial numbers that matched the sn of the gun? If so, how much more is a gun worth if they are matching?
    It's common for the stocks to have the serial number (or the last few digits) written on the backsides if they're wood as they were hand fitted. Rubber or plastic stocks didn't get that. As far as added value it really is expected to have the original stocks and the wrong stocks detract from the value.
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    Thanks for the sound advice everyone. Learning how to spot a refinished gun seems to be so important-- I'll educate myself on this, and will also try to take and post pics of the two guns in question.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    It's common for the stocks to have the serial number (or the last few digits) written on the backsides if they're wood as they were hand fitted. Rubber or plastic stocks didn't get that. As far as added value it really is expected to have the original stocks and the wrong stocks detract from the value.
    It is very common for PP and PPS hard rubber stocks to have the original revolver's entire serial number scribed on the back of both panels. Though this is not always the case. Most pre-war PP and PPS wood stocks were not numbered. The backs of later DS wood stocks are usually marked in grease pencil with the last 3 digits of the serial number. As Snidely says, the revolver should have the correct stocks for its production year.
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    On refinished guns its not so bad if you know you are buying a refinished gun, and not over-paying for it, but the problem I experienced over the years is that when you try to sell them you get asked; "Why did you have it reblued!"
    Most refinished guns there are tell tale signs of the re-do, but not always.

    At the prices posted by the OP too much if refinished
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    1935 DS with serial number stamped inside grips


 
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