Parkerized finish on Colt Detective Specials? (and market value)
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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.
    I just bought a '59 DS in very good condition for 399. This was back in/around July.

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    I have an agent that I am pretty sure is one of the ones spoken about from the 80s. I have a question here. Its an ultralight, so the frame is a matte aluminum with a silver steel barrel and black faded steel cylinder. Does anyone have any advice on how I should get this refinished to increase its value?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Harry View Post
    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.
    I remember seeing these advertised in the gun magazines back in that time period. I thought they were ugly as hell.
    But I assume they must be fairly valuable now as they didn't make them very long?

    I found this old ad from the time period:

    colt commando.jpg
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    I think the $400 price tag is just fine since you are getting what you want. You aren't buying it to re-sell in the near future. You can't build it yourself for that price as you have said that you can't find a gun for any less money. Either way you would have to send it off to have the matte finish done. Remember this as well, even if you keep it for 5 years and then sell it for $200, you spent $40/year to have something that you wanted and enjoyed. Pretty cheap entertainment where I am sitting.

    Its also quite possible that when you sell it, you will get your money back anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comma View Post
    I know. I'm talking about a re-finished one that is parkerized, and how much that re-finish would hurt the value.
    I think if you're going to use it as a carry gun, I wouldn't worry about collector's value. I paid 400 bucks for a '59 DS in great condition this past summer, but Colt revolvers are going up in price and demand. I think you should buy it and carry it with confidence, provided it is mechanically sound.

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    How did I miss this thread ther first time arourind?
    Saw the one about the grips, and the one about machanicals, but this one got by.
    So.....
    $400 is what you have to be ready to pay these days, even for something that isn't just right.
    I passed on a ~20 yr. ols DS that was well and truly knackered for that money, and by the time I got
    another chance at something better, the money was embarrassingly over the top.
    So, for practical purposes, you have a decent little revolver for essentially what they go for.
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