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    How scarce is......?

    ..... a nickled Detective Special in .32 with a 2” bbl. from 1952?? Any idea as to how many were made in this configuration?
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    Well ... I donít think anyone knows the numbers, but .32NP is clearly much less common than .38 Special. The number of nickeled guns usually floated is 3%-5% of post-war production. Assuming 500,000-600,000 (counting serials) Detectives made during the time when .32NP was in production and 0.5% of nickel .32NP production, that gives you 2,500-3,000 guns. I think thatís the best anyone can do without going through records. Definitely not common, but not super rare.

    I sold one on Gunbroker several months back. Gun was 99%, but without box. It got in the $1,300 ballpark in a penny auction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinstonWolfe View Post
    Well ... I donít think anyone knows the numbers, but .32NP is clearly much less common than .38 Special. The number of nickeled guns usually floated is 3%-5% of post-war production. Assuming 500,000-600,000 (counting serials) Detectives made during the time when .32NP was in production and 0.5% of nickel .32NP production, that gives you 2,500-3,000 guns. I think thatís the best anyone can do without going through records. Definitely not common, but not super rare.

    I sold one on Gunbroker several months back. Gun was 99%, but without box. It got in the $1,300 ballpark in a penny auction.
    Interesting, you got top dollar, I put a 98%, Cobra, 1954, 32NP on WTS for $850 and got zero interest Now on GI.
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    Thanks for the thoughtful analysis Winston. I never would have figured nickle were so small a part of the Detectives. Good to keep that in mind.

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    A penny auction on Gunbroker will get you top dollar nearly all the time. I list for the local shop and everything starts at a penny including a genuine 1860 Henry we just sold.
    This all started with one gun!
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