I was wondering what colt revolvers and smith and wesson revolvers costed around the 1870's and 1880's ?
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.
By that reckoning that $17 would be about $1200 today---Right, but back then $17 had the buying power of about $400 today