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    Double Eagle prices softening?

    I just picked up a Government version in mint condition in .45 for $690 on auction. I considered it a no-brainer-low-ball bid. In the prior two years here in Kalifornia, they rarely went below $1000. I am late to the series 90 party, having picked up my first a couple years ago. It is a Commander in .40 S&W. After that first gun, I am in love with these guns. I feel these are the true sleepers in Colt autos.
    Via Con Dios,
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    I also like these pistols . I think the market has been tha same for years .
    i have always watched listings . You did fine , but I wouldn’t touch a .45 for under 6 -
    unless it was an SPECIAL POLICE.

    They are just , and have been too available over the decades. If we are talking any other caliber, I see a minimum of eight hunj for a boxed model. I purchased an unboxed 40 and 10 for $6 and $7 probably five and seven years ago.Very happy with them both , the value was and will always be there.

    include the blued officers in the eight minimum category. This is my favorite model.
    They are boxed and the blue is very sweet. I paid $400 for the first , and a grand for the second .
    Each were worth the grand , both NIB ...... till I did dun git em.

    i actually lucked into finding this BA and RAF model last month .
    Won it , and got burned............ got money back , couple months later.
    shocked to have won , I almost called my FFL and told him to increase max to twelve hundred dollars .. I had originally said $868......... Definitely a twelve hundred package to me though.

    Equally as rare as the .38 Super, the SPECIAL POLICE is the best model I’d say.
    They have a little extra work and options.
    There is one on GI now , for 15 or 16 hundred.
    Price is MAYBE a little high , but it is tempting.
    COLT TO THE CORE

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    The only one I had was the blued LWT Officers Model Double Eagle. I wasn't too keen on the full length grip and ended up trading it off. Should have kept it, but probably would have had to sell it anyhow.
    Ken
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    Thanks for taking the time to respond guys. Dad, that is a neat collection, and obviously you are quite knowledgeable on the subject. I remember them well when they came out. I thought to myself "Why would anyone want a double action 1911?".
    As far as value goes, remember, here in California, anything we can't buy new is more expensive. Last week I was in my local gun store and there was a used Sig P365 on the shelf for $2,000. No, he won't get it, but he will surely get a grand for it.
    With that in mind, I feel lucky that the DE's are reasonable. I have this feeling they will increase steadily as the years pass. That's not why I bought it, I just like them.
    BTW, what is different about the Police Special?.

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    The Colt Double Eagle Police Special's were a Colt Custom Shop offering. Two-toned; Blue slide with the "Special Police" rollmark and Stainless Frame, 500 made. Other than that there's no difference from standard full size Double Eagle.
    Last edited by Lonestar57; 08-20-2019 at 08:00 PM.

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    The Special Police was a CS project, so they had higher skill workers- with more attention.
    They all had custom trigger work , in addition to night sights.

    i think I have seen 3 or 4 for sale in my lifetime.
    i have only come across 9 and 40 - one time each .

    The Government model , followed by standard officers ACP are the most common .
    They will never bring a premium versus the other models.

    What appeals to me , is the operating system - with no unneeded safety lever present .
    COLT TO THE CORE

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColtsDad View Post
    The Special Police was a CS project, so they had higher skill workers- with more attention.
    They all had custom trigger work , in addition to night sights.
    Oops, I forgot to mention the night sights option.

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    For some reason, I thought I wanted a DE Commander in .40, and I started tracking them on gunbroker. This was six or eight years ago, but it was interesting that sellers often had starting bids or reserves in the $600-$800 range, and they listed the guns multiple times over a period of months, but I never saw a bid higher than $550.

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    Burner,
    I can tell you that I had no interest in the gun a few years back when I saw a .40 commander on my dealers shelf. I was thrilled to get the gun for $600.00 and subsequently now have a love affair with DE's.
    When it comes to the cost of a used handgun I want, I remind myself the price of a comparable new gun. When a run of the mill Springfield or Kimber runs $1000, then an older Colt 1911 is easily worth that much to me.

    Thanks again for the details on the Police Special.
    God Bless, fuzzy

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    Ive always been fascinated by those...I would love a stainless LW Commander version.


 

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