It's priced at $400.00 He's had it for years.Said he found it in a old house he demolished. The catch is it's not registered.He wants to sell it with a bill of sale.Not sure on the legalities of that. I don't want to take any chances.
I am familiar with Michigan laws. If the gun is pre-1898, it does not have to be registered, as it is an antique. Rainmaker must be in the 66000-121000 range to be authentic. This range corresponds to 1888-1900, so most of the Rainmakers are pre-1898 antiques. What's the gun serial number?
Even if the gun was made in the last couple of years where it falls into the modern firearm category and has to be registered in Michigan, asking your local police nicely will likely do the trick. When I lived in Michigan for a few years, I put in a good word for an elderly neighbor who had old unregistered handguns he brought when he moved from another state, and my local police department took care of it. In fact, he wanted to register them so he could sell them. I think that any gun made before the registration was instituted (believe it or not back in 1920s in Michigan), which a Rainmaker would be, is not going to be questioned.
Should have a caliber on bbl 'Colt DA .32'. Only 200 were made in the 66xxx-121xxx range. What is serial number? I've wanted one for years and the only guy I know who has one won't sell. If legit and 400 (even if action is broke) buy it.
I have been collecting serial numbers and information on the rainmakers. I have serial numbers for 32 of them. In all of my research I feel that Colt made about 246 of them. I would like to see photos and get the whole serial number. The earliest serial number I have is 70246. It was made in 1888. Colts records indicate that they started making them in 1887. If anyone has any information or serial numbers and gun configurations I would like to add it to my data base.