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bac1023
02-23-2012, 17:46
I found a like new 1969 Detective Special with the box and everything. I'm not sure if its ever even been fired. The bluing and grips are perfect, as is the cardboard box.

I can get it for $700 out the door. Good deal?

Its the older design before the ejector shroud and really looks nice. Similar models on Gunbroker are going for more than that and value will continue to climb.

I have no Colt DC in my collection. Should I grab it? Its beautiful.

Opinions appreciated, thanks.

captcurly
02-23-2012, 17:51
I have been looking for one for years. It is great shooter and truly a piece of history niow. GO FOR IT and forget the price.

hogship
02-23-2012, 17:53
I think you should get that, bac......

I'm not sure what the market is on that, but my first thought is you aren't going to be too far off of current value, if any. A Colt DS in that kind of shape just isn't available very often.....consider that, too!

ooc

nbkky71
02-23-2012, 17:56
If it is NIB, that certainly is a good price. I've got a 3rd issue Colt DS and really like it a lot.

Berto
02-23-2012, 17:56
Pricey, IMO, but a nice one like that is probably well worth it.

bac1023
02-23-2012, 18:02
Pricey, IMO, but a nice one like that is probably well worth it.

Yeah, those Colt prices are constantly going up though.

Spiffums
02-23-2012, 18:44
Why hell ya you should get it. You got the cash Bro and you need it for the collection. If you don't think you can find a nicer piece for about the same money then I'd be all over that. Call the shop and tell em to hold it for ya so no one else gets it.

CMG
02-23-2012, 19:15
Will that take one of those preciously limited slots you have left? :supergrin:

Sounds like you're already convinced though!

bac1023
02-23-2012, 19:24
Will that take one of those preciously limited slots you have left? :supergrin:

Sounds like you're already convinced though!

:rofl:

I made two extra slots for revolvers and took two slots from the semi-autos. :tongueout:

The DC is a real nice piece. I may have to pick it up. :supergrin:

CAcop
02-23-2012, 19:33
I prefer the shrouded DS but if I found a mint DS I would go for it. Mint DS go for about $800 around here. Subtract the SF Bay Area pricing and you are definately in the ballpark.

I kick myself to this day for not buying that DS in 1998 before Colt stopped making them. As much as I like my 642 I still would like to have a DS that I bought new.

Ruble Noon
02-23-2012, 19:46
I found a like new 1969 Detective Special with the box and everything. I'm not sure if its ever even been fired. The bluing and grips are perfect, as is the cardboard box.

I can get it for $700 out the door. Good deal?

Its the older design before the ejector shroud and really looks nice. Similar models on Gunbroker are going for more than that and value will continue to climb.

I have no Colt DC in my collection. Should I grab it? Its beautiful.

Opinions appreciated, thanks.

I would go for it. It will hold its value and most likely gain some. 700 seems in the ballpark from looking on Gunbroker but being able to visually inspect before buying would make the one you found more appealing.
BTW, If I'm ever up your way I need to go to this gun shop of yours.

ZekerMan
02-23-2012, 19:51
Buy it NOW!!!! You may never see another like it.

ithaca_deerslayer
02-23-2012, 20:03
If you give me the guy's number, maybe I'll buy it so you don't have to :)

Bruce M
02-23-2012, 20:34
$700 in my opinion is not too high. It might be some months early. But I would guess in 2022 it will seem to be a bargain.

38 Super Fan
02-23-2012, 20:54
Sounds good to me Brian, but I'm no expert on Colt revolvers, especially DSs. It sounds like as nice of a DS as you could ask for, just seems like something that would fit in to your collection, and it's a absolute lock to gain value. I love those vinatge Colts, I say go for it. :thumbsup:

bac1023
02-23-2012, 20:54
$700 in my opinion is not too high. It might be some months early. But I would guess in 2022 it will seem to be a bargain.

I hear you Bruce, but they have gone up.

Every one like it in the same condition on GB is set even higher.

4 glocks
02-23-2012, 21:16
It sounds like a must buy. I can see it now on that brown carpet. Than I can post "congrats".

geodan
02-23-2012, 21:18
Neat revolver! If I had $700 and the opportunity I'd be on it!

bac1023
02-23-2012, 21:19
It sounds like a must buy. I can see it now on that brown carpet. Than I can post "congrats".

I'll try to make that happen soon. :)

Agent6-3/8
02-23-2012, 21:53
If you've got the funds I say go for it! I love my Colt snubbies! :cool:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/J_Weaver/Shooting/bubsgun015.jpg

Sgt127
02-23-2012, 23:03
Get that puppy hard chromed and it would make a dandy carry piece.

Honestly, price wise, thats a decent deal. I'm kinda to the point where I only buy guns to shoot. I have more than enough safe queens now. I would rather have one with finish issues and get it refinished in something tough so I could carry it. For a "we'll just fondle this, show it off to friends and just enjoy the heck out of owning one." I would get it at that price. And, there is nothing wrong with that.

bac1023
02-24-2012, 05:39
If you've got the funds I say go for it! I love my Colt snubbies! :cool:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/J_Weaver/Shooting/bubsgun015.jpg

Very nice :)

G26S239
02-24-2012, 07:53
Get it bac! The D frame Colts are the best 38 snubbies.

M2 Carbine
02-24-2012, 08:36
Buy it.:)

bac1023
02-24-2012, 08:39
Get it bac! The D frame Colts are the best 38 snubbies.Sounds great. I like them quite a bit as well. :)

KarlThomas
02-24-2012, 09:57
I feel like that is something a collector such as yourself ought to have. They are gorgeous snubbies. If you don't get this one, I'd definitely save a slot for one.

ca survivor
02-24-2012, 10:38
you know you need it for your collection, GET IT!!!

March817
02-24-2012, 12:26
You'll eventually kick yourself if you don't get it.

seanmac45
02-24-2012, 12:33
Brian;

I have two of the shrouded version. First one I bought the day I graduated the Police Academy in 1982 and it was carried as a back-up/off-duty piece for 10 years. It shows a lot of wear and a few dings that have cool stories to go with them. The other is mint from the same time period.

Almost all of my contemporaries purchase and carried Smith 2 inchers as backups and all hated firing them. However that Colt shot so sweet it wasn't unusual for me to score higher with my backup on quals than I did with my 4 in. service weapon.

That's my long winded method of suggesting you go for it.

There is nothing like it on the market today, especially that fit and gorgeous finish.

Good luck whatever you decide.

Sean

pennlineman
02-24-2012, 13:17
There is no such thing as paying too much, only buying to soon. You may have some remorse now, in 10 years you'll be glad you got it for what you paid for it.

ddbtoth
02-24-2012, 13:18
BAC--I thought you were a man of impoverished impulse control? What the hell!

bac1023
02-24-2012, 16:14
Well guys, I stopped in again this afternoon and it SOLD

:crying:

Hey, you snooze, you lose. It is what it is, I guess. :sigh:

bac1023
02-24-2012, 16:15
BAC--I thought you were a man of impoverished impulse control? What the hell!

Well, my delay cost me the gun this time. :sigh:

I should have told them to put the damn thing in the back last night. :steamed:

38 Super Fan
02-24-2012, 17:22
Well guys, I stopped in again this afternoon and it SOLD

:crying:

Hey, you snooze, you lose. It is what it is, I guess. :sigh:
Sorry to hear that Brian, sounded like it would have been a nice addition. :frown:

fnfalman
02-24-2012, 19:55
Yep, you snoozed, you lose.

That's a damn shame!!!

Seth's Custom Leathers make some nice holsters for Colt snubbies.

bac1023
02-24-2012, 19:59
Sorry to hear that Brian, sounded like it would have been a nice addition. :frown:

Yeah, it sucks alright. :sad:

wrenrj1
02-24-2012, 20:00
That price is a premium...

bac1023
02-24-2012, 20:25
That price is a premium...


The price was good, actually. It sold in less than 24 hours.

unit 900
02-25-2012, 02:09
Not posted to make you feel bad, just a motivator to jump next time a NIB DS shows up. Good luck.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/heysox/DSC_0727.jpg

3rdgen40
02-25-2012, 07:20
Sorry you missed it Brian.I just have to know something though.How do you always find such minty like new used guns?All your guns are like new regardless of age.You seem to have a knack for uprooting all the good ones.:supergrin:...:wavey:

Stevekozak
02-25-2012, 08:46
One thing I have learned in this life is that hesitation kills!! Gotta jump when the heart says yes!! Sorry you lost out on this one!!

bac1023
02-25-2012, 17:59
One thing I have learned in this life is that hesitation kills!! Gotta jump when the heart says yes!! Sorry you lost out on this one!!

I hear you, Steve. The thing is I already bought four guns this month already. I do try to pace myself a little, anyway. ;)

bac1023
02-25-2012, 22:13
Not posted to make you feel bad, just a motivator to jump next time a NIB DS shows up. Good luck.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/heysox/DSC_0727.jpg

Very nice indeed

bac1023
02-25-2012, 22:14
Sorry you missed it Brian.I just have to know something though.How do you always find such minty like new used guns?All your guns are like new regardless of age.You seem to have a knack for uprooting all the good ones.:supergrin:...:wavey:

I'm blessed with good luck when it comes to that sort of thing, I guess.

I really don't know for sure, but its always been that way for me. :dunno:

Wyoming
02-25-2012, 22:18
Well Brian some lessons are learned the hard way but usually not the fast!

Your instincts were correct about condition and it came with a prefect box. Having the original box with the gun alway made it easier for me to sell at a higher price.

Condition is everything on collectibles and it looks like unfired in LNIB Colt revolver makes for a very collectible.

I'm sorry that you have someone in your area you have to compete against but I bet it will be a long time before we hear a "I snoozed and looze" story from you.

BTW, because of you I'm still looking for a S&W 945 to add to my collection.

bac1023
02-25-2012, 22:21
Well Brian some lessons are learned the hard way but usually not the fast!

Your instincts were correct about condition and it came with a prefect box. Having the original box with the gun alway made it easier for me to sell at a higher price.

Condition is everything on collectibles and it looks like unfired in LNIB Colt revolver makes for a very collectible.

I'm sorry that you have someone in your area you have to compete against but I bet it will be a long time before we hear a "I snoozed and looze" story from you.

BTW, because of you I'm still looking for a S&W 945 to add to my collection.

Thank my friend. That fact that I already purchased four handguns this month caused me to think twice about picking it up right away. It is what it is, I guess.

The 945 is outstanding, by the way. :)

ithaca_deerslayer
02-25-2012, 22:36
I thought fo a sec about creating a hoax post of just receiving a new Colt snubbie I had shipped in from PA! But that would have been in poor taste :)

But stories like these do make me want to go gun shopping looking for that kind of stuff!

You heavy collector guys are inspirational, to say the least :)

bac1023
02-25-2012, 22:43
I thought fo a sec about creating a hoax post of just receiving a new Colt snubbie I had shipped in from PA! But that would have been in poor taste :)



:rofl:

Boats
02-26-2012, 00:17
I have a shrouded blue DS and I never shoot it because fewer and fewer people know how to fix it.

cdunn
02-26-2012, 05:47
I have an unfired detective special with box,with the tag hanging on the trigger,with a s21xxx serial number what would be an estimated value on it?
I think its from '78

got2hav1
02-26-2012, 07:00
Start looking for another right now. Afterall part of the hobby is the search. I had one of the shrouded versions made in the mid 70s and they are really good little shooters. You need one or three!:supergrin:

bac1023
02-26-2012, 07:02
Start looking for another right now. Afterall part of the hobby is the search. I had one of the shrouded versions made in the mid 70s and they are really good little shooters. You need one or three!:supergrin:

Hopefully, I'll get one at some point. :)