Perry" model target pistol? I have never seen one and would love to see a picture.
If its original finish, original 8 inch, that is a very good buy imo. The grips should be numbered to the gun on the inside. I have an all original 8 inch about 98%, and I wouldnt even begin to consider anything under 3000 but its not for sell anyway. That one looks really nice from what I can tell. I havent watched gunbroker in awhile, but the last factory original 8 inch I saw sold was about 94-95% and it brought right around $2900. It did have a factory letter ($75), but the letter was a typical one, nothing special in it. The 8 inch was not introduced until later, in 1934. I think all original factory 8 inchers should be in the 2000+ serial number range, unless a rare special order. One of our Members as mentioned before, thecoltguy, is probably the most knowledgeable Person ON THE PLANET on these guns. According to him of the 2525 made, ONLY 375 were 8 inchers. Wait, I just looked at mine, and I am about positive that is a 10 incher there, not an 8 incher. I thought Judge said it was an 8, but I believe I just misinterpreted his post. I think the 10 inchers are about 25%-30% less in price than the 8's. Still a good price imo IF its an original finish high condition gun. They are VERY SELDOM seen because thecoltguy owns most of them lol ...This one has been floating around Melbourne for a long time, described I think as excellent but no box or papers. They are asking around $2400. I have no idea of values but think it may be a bit high?
If its functional with a good bore and doesnt look like a dug up relic lol, I would buy it!!! Of course I wouldnt mind to have one to shoot. I never could bring myself to shoot mine. I actually wonder if it was ever fired after the factory (which is really irrelevent since its not a 100% gun), I think it just got a few small spots from sitting so many years. It show absolutely no wear from use inside or out... I wanted to shoot it so bad but just couldnt ever bring myself to.I know of one at a local shop. I think its a 10". Should I go look at it more?????????? They are asking $1000
Unless you've seen the serial numbers above 2525, then they would have to be correct imo. Maybe they do stay close to home because in about 15 years of going to gun shows, gun shops, etc, I have seen exactly one-my 8 inch. The owner of this gun was a CCA Lifetime member since about the late 70's/early80's and he said he owned one of each for years. He said he had sold the 10 incher a couple years earlier (which I never got to see of course) since it wasnt anywhere near the condition of this one. He then decided to finally let this one go. He told me it was a 99%/+ gun (which didnt matter because I bought it in person), but in all actuality its about 98%. Everybody sees it a little different, plus when everyone gets older, the eyes arent as good as they once were.I often wonder how accurate the total production numbers are because they just don't seem to be as scarce as other guns with similar production numbers. I have two 10 in and one 8 in in my collection and see others up for sale quite often. Perhaps I'm just fortunate enough to live among a concentrated population of Camp Perry guns...The Camp Perry range and annual shooting event is in Ohio...maybe they stayed close to "home" and that explains it...