Originally Posted by yrralguthrie
Thanks for your answers. Well thought out.
I'll see about a picture, but don't know if it will do any good. Pretty hard to get a picture good enough to spot a renickle and that's my main concern now that you've cleared up the barrel length.
The finish is good for a modern gun. The finish is great if it's 110 years old. If the finish is original the gun wasn't used. An odd item is the cylinder pin. It has marks on it like it had been pulled by pliers.
He wants $5000.00 for it. It seems to my uneducated mind that if it's real that's low.
I won't be buying it. It just doesn't feel right. I think the pawn shop owner believes it's real however. I don't know where he got it. But no providence and even if an "expert" said it was real somewhere down the line when I decided it had appreciated enough I would sell it and I'd have to get another expert that might have a different opinion. Poor risk.
$5000.00??? That's NOT low. From what I've seen lately that's about average retail for a GOOD regular, unmolested SAA with a lot of original finish. I would never spend that much on a Colt SAA in a Pawn Shop unless the Pawn Shop was known for having that kind of gun regularly... and I had a LOT of knowledge about SAA's.
I got bit by a fake about 15 years ago and spent the next 10 years learning as much as I could about the Colt SAA. I paid $1000 for the gun and thought I stole it. Turns out it was just a good fake. I was lucky in that I was able to get my $1000 back by bringing it to a...... wait for it..... PAWN SHOP! The people at the Pawn Shop called in an expert and he authenticated it as genuine and they couldn't give me the $1000 fast enough! Understand that I don't feel I misrepresented the gun. I told them that I had bought it for $1000 and was hoping to get my $1000 back out of it.