You think even being located in CA? An 8 inch just sold for $3000 a month ago on a local sitePersonally, I believe $2,600 is too much even in 100% condition.
I think you should be able to find a less expensive one if your patient.
I might be wrong and if I am I will be selling my anacondas.
At the risk of giving those outside CA a headache, a brief explanation -Yeah the only way to get an off roster handgun like an anaconda is through private party transfer and people jack prices up. The cheapest anaconda ive seen in ca recently was $2300 with most between $2500-$3000. $2000 seems a little cheap. Here is an in state seller and he has some listed as high as $3600.
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At the risk of giving those outside CA a headache, a brief explanation -
CA has a "roster" of approved handguns for entry into CA via the usual FFL route. All those used, older handguns aren't on the roster so they can't come in. We're pretty much restricted to what's already here - if the "off roster" handgun is already in state it's OK to sell to another CA resident. Definitely a seller's market. A Colt or Smith that costs about $600.00 out of state runs that +$300.00 in CA, all day long.
There are exemptions. Curio & Relic handguns are roster exempt. And SA revolvers are exempt from the roster too. Remove the DA sear from the Anaconda and it's roster exempt as a SA revolver. I got mine in from OR last year as a "single action" exemption. ANIB with the cardboard sleeve, hanging tags, Colt intro letter, etc. Paid $1,800.00.
If you can find a seller on GB who will ship to CA and a CA FFL who will accept it you'll be able to get one into CA. Some CA FFLs require the DA sear be removed by the seller first, others will do it themselves upon arrival or allow you to do it prior to pick up. Some FFLs won't handle it at all. Which fine, their business and their rules.
The CalGuns website has all sorts of specific info on the exemption.
The Anaconda listed by LSB isn't exactly the average Colt. Whether he's pricing it for "in CA" or with an eye outside the state, hard to tell. But I see most Anacondas starting around $1,800.00 to $2,500.00 and those don't seem to be generating many bids - or any bids. Anacondas bidding around $1,600.00 seem to be generating interest.
If you're in northern CA you may want to check out Krausewerks in San Mateo. Small store but he gets all sorts of odds & ends in to include fairly good sized collections.Thank you all for the help you guys are a lifesaver and making me feel much better about the prices im seeing! I like that idea but if I go non PPT I will have to factor in sales tax as well as shipping on gunbroker and I would need to find a gun for about $2400. My other concern is there seems to be variation of fit and finish and I want to handle the gun first if possible to check lockup and timing.
Im pretty sure i would pay around $4,700 for an unfired nickel viper and I live in Missouri.Yesterday’s LSB Auctions had a Colt Nickel Viper that sold for $4700! Yes,we living here in CA pay a premium for everything.
I talked with that seller awhile back. He seems reputable and he was selling a BSTS Python for about $4500. I thinkOP there is a 44 mag Anaconda for sale at Calguns for $2K SoCal
CHATSWORTH, LA county 91311t
seller look up is mojamz
(not me or associated)