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How is approaching market value "getting out of hand?"
A "common" Pre-War .45 National Match in the same condition will sell in the current range. The Super Match is much more rare than the .45, so should bring a lot more.
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I didn't know the listing price at the time I posted that; didn't know the "book value" is/was; and just can't fathom spending that kinda money on a pistol.
It has nothing for or against that pistol, I feel that way about any pistol......with that said, I am shocked, at times, at what some of these are worth or bidded at.
Please remember, I am not a collector and have no ref. to the value of most of these weapons. I do however have a firm grip of how much money that is and what and how many other shooters I can buy with that same amount of money.
So when I see one pistol, with 3 days left, saleing for that kinda money, I can only sit in amazement and think how many nice guns I could have bought for what that one will go for....
Listen, I can tell some folks are a little taken back by "non-collectors" and our not understanding of values and "the way of the collector". Give folks like me a little time and I'll have a greater appriciation. (maybe like drinking wine or sipping a single malt scotch).
Till then, us unsophisticated folk still have a hard time understanding that kinda money for a pistol that won't run like a Springfield TRP or Colt Mark IV - Enhanced; but I can at least see its why many people still only drink beer.....
I do see one of those fine pieces in your hands one day brother........best of luck!
If RgrLee is not a collector or familiar with the market for collector pistols, then why comment on an auction price for a collector pistol? What would RgrLee say about the price a mint (probably no such thing) pinch-frame Single Action would bring? Or a Walker?
I am not sure I would agree that one of these National Match Colt pistols from the Pre-War era would not "run like a Springfield TRP...." They were basically hand-built to be as accurate as possible, and ruled the firing line (the .45 version) until well after WWII.
The comment came before the price was disclosed......if the dollars for the pistol were not shocking, rather low or at market value, I figure our friend Addicted would not go out of his way to tell us.
When he did tell us what it was going for it shocked me.....similar to how I am shocked when I see Barrett Jackson auction prices for a Hemi Cuda (for example).
I already said I wasn't a collector, however I would assume with modern machinary technology, better materials and R&D focus on metalogy, and the learned process of making the same design for years, that a fine modern weapon like the Springer TRP (or any one of 10 others) would beat a 70 year old weapon in every catagory.
As I become more aware of the collector's market, its custom's, and tabu's I won't think its so amazing.
I hope who ever ends up with it is happy with their purchase.