Parkerized finish on Colt Detective Specials? (and market value)
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    Quote Originally Posted by comma View Post
    For a mint detective that was parkerized at some point, how bad does that effect the value?
    Very.
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    ColtFever.com says: In the mid-1980's Colt was undergoing a long strike and didn't have enough workers qualified to do the polishing on the entire Colt line. So, as a means of maintaining production Colt offered a series of revolvers with an unpolished flat matte black blued finish.
    The flat black Detective Special was called the Colt Commando Special. It was made from 1984 to 1986. As soon as the strike ended the unpolished models were all dropped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemi45 View Post
    Very.
    How much?
    The one I am looking at I can get for just under $400.

    It is completely mint. Sharp markings, mirror bore, mint grips etc.
    The only thing "wrong" with it is the parkerized finish, which I like.

    Is that a far price? It's a second series 1951.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comma View Post
    How much?
    The one I am looking at I can get for just under $400.

    It is completely mint. Sharp markings, mirror bore, mint grips etc.
    The only thing "wrong" with it is the parkerized finish, which I like.

    Is that a far price? It's a second series 1951.
    If it's for sale online, post a link and you'll no doubt get good feedback. If it's truly mint, you like it, and consider it a bonus that someone already ruined a minty old Colt then it might just be the best deal you'll ever find! Or find another with a trashed finish for $200 and have it Cerakoted for $100 and come out ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemi45 View Post
    If it's for sale online, post a link and you'll no doubt get good feedback. If it's truly mint, you like it, and consider it a bonus that someone already ruined a minty old Colt then it might just be the best deal you'll ever find! Or find another with a trashed finish for $200 and have it Cerakoted for $100 and come out ahead.
    I don't consider it a bonus, but it has already been done and makes the gun cheaper. Since I like the look and will be carrying it anyway (don't want a mint one) it seems decent.
    But I don't want to grossly overpay for it either.

    If I could find a 1950s one with a trashed finish for $200 and a clean bore I'd buy them all day long.
    I haven't seen any 1950s detectives, even trashed, for under $350.
    Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places...

    **photos of the gun I'm looking at added to the original post.
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    If it's online, then you'll pay FFL fees as well as shipping - factor those in.

    What you'll get is a reblued, used revolver - the price you'll pay in total will be double its worth.

    Right now, the best thing about it are the grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogface6 View Post
    If it's online, then you'll pay FFL fees as well as shipping - factor those in.

    What you'll get is a reblued, used revolver - the price you'll pay in total will be double its worth.

    Right now, the best thing about it are the grips.
    I'm confused. Where do you guys find re-blued colt detective specials from the 50s for $200?
    I've been looking at early detectives for months, and the cheapest one I have ever seen (online or locally) was $350 and it was rough, internals included.
    $200 is the online blubook price of a detective in 50% or less overall graded condition. Other than the re-finish this one would rate probably 95% (I understand the re-finish brings that down).

    If someone has one for $200 here PLEASE pm me

    All I want is a cheaper one to shoot and carry. I don't even really care about the finish.
    I do like parkerized guns so I figured this was a good, cheaper option...but is this gun really only worth $200 because it was refinished even though it's mint?
    I don't want to pay double its worth.
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    Here is one that recently sold on gunbroker with no finish at all left for $450.
    I've gone through all the completed listings for these and the cheapest ones are around $375 and they aren't as old and have issues with pitting, serious wear, etc.

    COLT DETECTIVE SPECIAL .38 SPECIAL : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
    That's usually how I figure out the base value (completed listings on gunbroker) but I'm curious to know why this one I'm looking at is only worth $200 before I send payment for it tomorrow.

    Thanks guys!
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    comma, I think it is worth $400! I am with you, I have not seen a $200 DS for quite a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    comma, I think it is worth $400! I am with you, I have not seen a $200 DS for quite a few years.
    If they were $200, even refinished, I'd have like 10...so it's probably a good thing

    I just don't want to buy something for $400 if I'll only be able to get $200 for down the line.


 
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