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    Why did this old dowg sale so low?

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/811963628

    This old Colt 38WCF started at $1,000 and got two bids and sold for $1,025.

    No finish left but no heavy pitting or signs of rough polishing or crude blacksmithing. Patents dates and horse still visible. Description says matching numbers but no pictures. Only a few pictures of poor quality. The grip frame looks to fit correct. Screws are not buggered. Cylinder notches look in good shape. Looks like trigger is an updated. Description admits sear is warn.
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    Add the $75 for shipping of the gun; $20 FFL transfer fee; $100+ to rebuild the hammer (and shipping to the 'smith) and another $200+/- for grips and now you have $1400+ in it. (You can turn the ejector head around yourself if nothing is broken on it. If it needs replaced add some more money to the bottom line). All that considered I think it sold for what it was worth.
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    I am surprised hearsedriver didnt buy that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwjhfs View Post
    Add the $75 for shipping of the gun; $20 FFL transfer fee; $100+ to rebuild the hammer (and shipping to the 'smith) and another $200+/- for grips and now you have $1400+ in it. (You can turn the ejector head around yourself if nothing is broken on it. If it needs replaced add some more money to the bottom line). All that considered I think it sold for what it was worth.
    Probably low on hammer rebuild and likely need other "innards" to get it right. I would have lived with the grips as they match the overall condition of the gun.

    As a cowboy action shooter, I've seen otherwise rational people take new guns and distress them until they look like this one. They are even marketing antique finished guns.

    The 38WCF is the minimum caliber allowed in some categories of cowboy action shooting. It has a cult following.

    If I had it in my hands and could make a good inspection, I would have probably bought it. This GB ad was way too vague to judge what else could have been wrong.

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    I thought about that gun as well. If it were a bisley, I would have been all over it to match my other bisley 38 WCF. I believe only the hammer/ trigger needs to be sent off for repair. I would have used epoxy to repair the stocks and keep the gun looking distressed.

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    The ad says that it was made around 1900 and has matching numbers. If that's true, by the serial number shown on the grip frame, this gun was made in 1875, not 1900. The rampant Colt emblem on the frame wasn't used in 1875, so it must have mixed serial numbers or someone did some modifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29aholic View Post
    I am surprised hearsedriver didnt buy that one
    Well..you know me! I would have bought it if I had seen it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruster View Post
    The ad says that it was made around 1900 and has matching numbers. If that's true, by the serial number shown on the grip frame, this gun was made in 1875, not 1900. The rampant Colt emblem on the frame wasn't used in 1875, so it must have mixed serial numbers or someone did some modifications.

    Rusty Edwards
    I did a serial number look up and came back with 1900.

    Picture was out of focus so it would be difficult to be certain of the number.

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    I was wrong about the serial number. I obviously need a new set of glasses!

    Rusty Edwards

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    Based on condition (and other guns available), I think it brought all it was worth.


 
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