Is the collector value gone on this .25?
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    You cannot screw that thing up any worse than it already is by shootin' it.
    Looks like a gob of guts got slung upside of it when the original owner checked out, and it sat in evidence while the metal deteriorated. Just a hunch, I s'pose.
    But I could be wrong.

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    I think everyone is trying to be gentle here but that gun is worth very little other than its sum of parts.

    Personally I would not have purchased it unless it was $5 and had a sellable box so I could get my $5 back...Just sayin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comma View Post
    Yada
    I just wanted to make sure that by carrying it and putting some wear to the great bluing everywhere else wouldn't hurt any value it had.
    What value?

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    Wow..tough crowd today..

    Clean that corrosion up and carry and shoot the hell out of it. That looks like a nice one that was stored poorly.

    Take care
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    It's still a nice lil .25 and if it were mine I'd have the Big 45 Frontier cleaning pad and Kroil out and knock that corrosion down, then apply a good oil/protectant - heck even Ren Wax. N1908 two-tone magazines are going for pretty good money. Clean her up and shoot the daylights out of her and re-clean her. The damage is done to the slide but overall the rest of the pistol looks to be very well preserved. Certainly the corrosion ruins value but did you buy it for shooting or as a start to a collection of N1908's? The value is to you.



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    It's a good one to shoot, carry, and not worry about hurting at all. The thumbnail rule is = large areas of damage (bright metal showing, rust spots larger than pinheads, huge dents) bring the value way down, almost to what a gun with 10% finish would bring.
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    I guess when you say "collector value" you are referring to only those who collect "safe queens."

    I see the collector's marketplace as a lot bigger than just that one group of "pristine condition" collectors.

    If I'm seeing the serial number correctly, your pistol was originally made with a slide that has a matching serial number with the frame; if you get a replacement slide, it won't match -- from my particularly perspective of collecting, that mis-match would be more damaging to value than the corrosion.

    I'd say you've got a beautiful, mechanically excellent pistol with some finish damage. To me, that damage tells part of the story of that pistol's history. I'd clean off any scaly red-oxide (no steel tools; it's best to use copper or brass tools for corrosion clean up) and enjoy owning and shooting it as it is.
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    Thanks guys!
    That's kind of what I wanted to hear. I just want one I don't have to worry about, and this fits the bill.
    Obviously it would be nice if it was worth something, but I'm glad I can just carry it and not worry.

    I appreciate all the info. Sorry if this was a stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comma View Post
    Thanks guys!
    That's kind of what I wanted to hear. I just want one I don't have to worry about, and this fits the bill.
    Obviously it would be nice if it was worth something, but I'm glad I can just carry it and not worry.

    I appreciate all the info. Sorry if this was a stupid question.
    We do appreciate you posting so we could have a little fun with your new purchase.
    Believe it or not, you`re among friends. Enjoy the little pistol.
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