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This came into my shop. This was given to the father of the gentleman who brought it to me by McGivern. He has asked me to market it but I am the wrong avenue and have told him Julia is the place it needs to go as this is not my area at all. Was curious as to if anyone would have a clue of what it is worth so I can tell him as I am as lost as a goose in a snowstorm on this one.
 

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I wish it were worthless so it can shipped to me for proper disposal...but I'd be less than candid to say I had a clue to its market value. I'm sure someone will have a handle on what it might bring in an auction.
 

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A very rare example! I suspect Lumberjack can do a better job marketing this gun than Julia. The cost would be less, also!!
I am talking about less commission.
 

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The monetary value of a gun like this is impossible to guess. The seller is at the mercy of the bidding audience. It might sell for one price in an auction, half that in a second auction, and twice that in a third auction. Two bidders who just have to have it can drive the price high. The lack of an eager under bidder can cause the price to stall. I have often seen evidence of this phenomenon.
 

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A very rare example! I suspect Lumberjack can do a better job marketing this gun than Julia. The cost would be less, also!!
I am talking about less commission.
McGivern Smith and Wessons have brought some big dollars at auction. I think the key is to put it out to an audience that wants it because it is a McGivern. That audience is not my audience and I had one of my big SAA collectors tell me exactly what I was thinking when I reccommended Julia. This fellow as well as his father made his living as an exhibition shooter as wells trick roping. He is 91 and has fallen on some hard times so I really need to steer him in the right direction on this one.
 

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I have had a few Colt SAA .22 conversions similar to this. All very well done. The last one I bought at Cabelas. A friend sold one recently on GB that was done by Tommy Haas. There was not much interest in any of them, they all sold in the $900 range. The McGivern association of course is what will give this gun value. Now is definitely the time to sell it, every year that goes by fewer and fewer people know or care who McGivern was. In another generation I am afraid a McGivern gun will be "who cares".
 

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This gun will have a smaller specialized market and the trick is to find it. Julia's widespread advertising and the fact they sell guns of all types ought to bring in the right people. It is an auction however and you never know what will happen.
 

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The photos open up so large it's hard to see any aftermarket changes. It looks like a standard post 1915 45 SA, with the adde problem of the stippled ID on the frame. If there's factory documentation, or a family trail of receipts and paperwork, the gun could bring a premium, but as is, it may be just another altered Colt and valued as such. If it had his slip style hammer, that would have set it apart.

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I would suppose it might have considerable value to a McGivern fan, but as a 22 conversion, it doesn't strike my fancy. I wouldn't trade it for this one:

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The gun is a 1903. The only documentation is the picture in the book where it is mentioned who did the conversion. There is a chain of custody but it is to weak in my opinion. I'm going to and try and find the right auction house for him. He has some other really neat stuff to sell but it's so far out of my realm that is going to have to go somewhere else as well as I know even less about it.
 

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The gun is a 1903. The only documentation is the picture in the book where it is mentioned who did the conversion. There is a chain of custody but it is to weak in my opinion. I'm going to and try and find the right auction house for him. He has some other really neat stuff to sell but it's so far out of my realm that is going to have to go somewhere else as well as I know even less about it.
Would u please look up who did the conversion & post it.I'm asking for a specific reason,my mentor Bob Howard & Keith were lifelong friends & actually "cowboyed" together,he did a lot of work for Keith & I was wondering if this was one of his jobs.
 
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