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..... a nickled Detective Special in .32 with a 2” bbl. from 1952?? Any idea as to how many were made in this configuration?
 

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Well ... I don’t think anyone knows the numbers, but .32NP is clearly much less common than .38 Special. The number of nickeled guns usually floated is 3%-5% of post-war production. Assuming 500,000-600,000 (counting serials) Detectives made during the time when .32NP was in production and 0.5% of nickel .32NP production, that gives you 2,500-3,000 guns. I think that’s the best anyone can do without going through records. Definitely not common, but not super rare.

I sold one on Gunbroker several months back. Gun was 99%, but without box. It got in the $1,300 ballpark in a penny auction.
 

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Well ... I don’t think anyone knows the numbers, but .32NP is clearly much less common than .38 Special. The number of nickeled guns usually floated is 3%-5% of post-war production. Assuming 500,000-600,000 (counting serials) Detectives made during the time when .32NP was in production and 0.5% of nickel .32NP production, that gives you 2,500-3,000 guns. I think that’s the best anyone can do without going through records. Definitely not common, but not super rare.

I sold one on Gunbroker several months back. Gun was 99%, but without box. It got in the $1,300 ballpark in a penny auction.
Interesting, you got top dollar, I put a 98%, Cobra, 1954, 32NP on WTS for $850 and got zero interest Now on GI.
 

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Thanks for the thoughtful analysis Winston. I never would have figured nickle were so small a part of the Detectives. Good to keep that in mind.
 

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A penny auction on Gunbroker will get you top dollar nearly all the time. I list for the local shop and everything starts at a penny including a genuine 1860 Henry we just sold.
 
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