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I recently purchased a 1921 (by SN) vintage .32 "pocket pistol". The local gunshop from which I bought the pistol said the previous owner had it sent back to Colt for reconditioning. It looks and functions great although the markings are not as crisp as I would prefer. I have read that reconditioning of any kind lessens the value of a collectible firearm. Would this also be the case for a piece professionally redone by the manufacturer? Opinions?
 

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Generally, an old refinish by the gun's maker is OK, but still not as good as an original finish. If the gun was sent back to Colt in 1980, the value goes down a good bit.
 

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Thanks Muley Gil. Interesting. Is it just the year 1980 or any date after that year the value declines?
 

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Generally, the newer the refinish, the greater the drop in value. I picked the date 1980 as being 25 years ago. A factory refinish that was done pre or just post WWII will be worth more than a recent refinish.
 
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