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I was wondering what colt revolvers and smith and wesson revolvers costed around the 1870's and 1880's ?

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I've seen copies of the Monkey Ward catalog from the early 80s, and prices for a Colt SAA were around 17 dollars. But by the late 90s, Sears had 'em for 12.95.

http://books.google.com/books?id=CS...page&q=damascus steel shotgun barrels&f=false

Run down the pix, and under the shotguns are the CHEAP pocket pistols, and under them are the Colts. And down at the bottom of page 536 (where the Colts are), there is a Smith 44 caliber double action for 13.00.

Back then Smith and Colt cost about the same. You were paying for the gun, and not for the magic four letters.
 

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Right, but back then $17 had the buying power of about $400 today
 

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My Gun Digest from 1966 has a reprint of J. H. Johnson Catlog from 1888 - 89. Colt New Line Revolvers went for $10.00 with Ivry Handles. New Frntier 44's went for $14.00. And Lightnings went for $12.40 in 41 . No S&W's. But a British Bull Dog in 44 was $3.50;
 

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I've seen copies of the Monkey Ward catalog from the early 80s, and prices for a Colt SAA were around 17 dollars. But by the late 90s, Sears had 'em for 12.95.

http://books.google.com/books?id=CS...page&q=damascus steel shotgun barrels&f=false

Run down the pix, and under the shotguns are the CHEAP pocket pistols, and under them are the Colts. And down at the bottom of page 536 (where the Colts are), there is a Smith 44 caliber double action for 13.00.

Back then Smith and Colt cost about the same. You were paying for the gun, and not for the magic four letters.
Right, but back then $17 had the buying power of about $400 today
By that reckoning that $17 would be about $1200 today---
 
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