Here's a current auction for a NYSP New Service 45 L.C. with holster. It appears to be in v.g. condition and the buy it now price is $1400:From Bob Murphy's great paperback on the Colt New Services; 328,000,332,000,343000,344,000,346,000,348,000(9-6-40) and 349,000 ranges. These were their last purchases,as you mentioned. Older guns had first been bought in 1917,in the same 5 1/2" .45 Colt chambering. Estimates are 1,000 or so N.Services total over the 1917-41 period. Hope this helps,Bud
Hudson Sporting Goods,in N.Y.C. was selling these ex-N.Y.S.T. guns for $29.95 in 1957!!!! And if I recall an ad in old American Rifleman from that era,I have somewhere,the gunbelt,holster,and Sam Browne belt could be had for a few dollars more!!! Yeah,I know,what inflation is,but I wonder if anyone has seen a recent selling price on one of these N.Y.S.T. N.Services and holster outfit recently. Like to know how it relates to a Colt(or S&W) 1917,in "original shape",with holster etc.,that are in the $1000 range if "original",and in "v.good" condition?? Thanks,Bud
Thanks 03clyde....i was lucky enough to grab a winchester 94, a new service colt, a 28-2 and a 681 so far. I dont want to part with my pieces for the retirement gift so hopefully another one pops up!This forum ('want to sell' section), GunBroker, AuctionArms - they will appear from time to time.
Wow-those are great prices!Somewhat relevant clipping from back in the day --- interesting, thinking back I was about to buy one of the 'refinished'. Refinished guns were a big plus then, nobody imagining the situation now when one showing use is worth twice as much. I recently appraised a collection where the owner had refinished a 1900 Colt auto, several SAAs, S&W Schofields, Kentucky rifles & others.