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    1880 Cavalry -Whats it worth ?

    So, Ive been out of the loop for a little while restoring a car and was wondering if anyone had an idea of what an 1880 US Cavalry/Artillery is worth? I know these things fluctuate in price. This one was part of a shipment of 200 guns to the US Govt in 1880. It was returned to the factory in 1903 where the barrel was shortened to 5 1/2", worn parts replaced, cleaning, and returned to the Springfield Armory. Seen some action for sure. US stamped frame, Ainsworth inspected trigger guard, 3 or 4 letters stamped under the barrel that I cant make out. A "K" on the back of the cylinder which has 4 digit serial that I cant make out clearly either. When I got it, it had the wrong grips on it so I replaced them with period correct one piece walnuts that have quite a bit of original varnish left and fit very nicely. Nice action with 4 solid clicks. Timing is excellent. Bore is not terrible and has pitting and good rifling. Barrel to cylinder gap is excellent. I think it would shoot fine but I have never shot it. Colt lettered. Hidden areas of original bluing but mostly a gray finish. Any thoughts on value? I might be moving it in the near future. Cant make up my mind as I really like this gun. Thanks
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    Without a Kopec verification, my guess is $2500-$3000. I like the very low SN on the TG!

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    Pull the grips. No varnish on US models and these civilian with original (?) varnish are 300.00+ alone. This would be one of the early DFC guns but no DFC over serial number on frame but it letters correctly. IMO, 2000.00-2500.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Pull the grips. No varnish on US models and these civilian with original (?) varnish are 300.00+ alone. This would be one of the early DFC guns but no DFC over serial number on frame but it letters correctly. IMO, 2000.00-2500.00.
    They are civilian grips . I installed them myself and I paid a little more than $300.00 for them.
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    Because of what this is, I don't see it bringing less than $2000, and $2500 seems about right for this one, or close to it.

    Low serial numbered components are nice, but without a Kopec letter, you can't be sure they might not be, or other parts might not be, Civilian in origin. Been there...done that!
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    If the other parts are from US Military guns then 2500 to 3000 would be a good place to start. Does the cylinder have a number and inspector mark? How about the backstrap and barrel? It looks well used but good.
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    I think Rick and Ian (mrcvs) are saying (like myself) that $2500 to $3000 would be tops without a Kopec 'blessing.'

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    Here is a picture of the back fo the cylinder. There are 4 numbers stamped on the side of it but they are so thin, I cant hardly read them. I dont remember if the backstrap is marked or not. I'd have to pull the grips to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    I think Rick and Ian (mrcvs) are saying (like myself) that $2500 to $3000 would be tops without a Kopec 'blessing.'
    Well, that sounds fine. I'll let the next guy order a Kopec letter for it. I dont want to invest any more into it. I was hoping it would be closer to $3K so, I might as well just start shooting it. Should make lots of smoke and noise with some black powder!
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    I guess I haven't ever really followed SAAs, but weren't real US marked ones always double or triple what a civilian was? I mean, in the 1980s I'd see values in the thousands, when the civilian ones were in the mid hundreds. Today a gray gun that is civilian will be about $1000-$1500. A US Cavalry issue SAA is only $2500? You can barely gett a good 2nd generation for that.


 
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