Need help selecting reference books.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by fleetwood1976, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. fleetwood1976

    fleetwood1976 Well-Known Member

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    I am mainly interested in vintage firearms. I am not finding the indepth information i want in standard price lists. I took advice given on this board to someone else concerning the standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson, and I must say the same week it more than paid for itself. I bought a 1940's pre model 10 that turned out to be a low serial numbered 1905 hand ejector 4th variation in rare square butt and service sights that is worth far more than what it was originally portrayed. I am also a history buff and if I pick up a vintage revolver, I want to know more than the model and year manufactured. Keeping in mind that I allready have the smith line covered, I was wondering if there was a similar (bible) for colts. I picked up a 98% police positive at a gun show and was able to research the serial number to 1913, I can't help but think one this old would have a higher value than one made later in the '40s. My local gunshop owner allready thinks I am taking my hobby way to seriously. I guess I am looking for books that will give me more answers than value and model. Let me know what books would help me more specifically identify and value more accuratley.
     
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  3. fleetwood1976

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    Thanks, I will start out with the standard catalog of colts. I am collecting vintage smith and colt revolvers, as well as others that spur my intrest.
     
  4. TranterUK

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    One of the best books for Colts is the little blue book. Its proper name is 'COLTS Dates of manufacture by RL Wilson'. Most serious gun folk I know have one banging about, including me. It wont give values but you can quickly date any Colt from 1837 to 1978.

    I have no idea if its in print, I would think so. but worth looking for one if your into Colts.
     
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