Colt Army .38

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  1. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    My sister asked me how to tell value/ model.
     
  2. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola

  3. jimboksg

    jimboksg Active Member

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    jimboksg Active Member

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  5. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    432250
    I think.
     
  6. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
  7. jimboksg

    jimboksg Active Member

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    The pleasure is all mine. :ty:
     
  8. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    It has an "F" below the serial.
    Can anyone give me a good deal value?
    Average value?
     
  9. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    So it looks like the Army Special was made 1908-1927 (?).
     
  10. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Active Member

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    Jul 17, 2017
    The "F" under the serial number is a factory inspection stamp.
    There should also be an inspectors stamp on the left-rear of the trigger guard web, and a Colt Verified Proof stamp of a tiny "VP" in a triangle on the left-front trigger guard web.
    A thinned or missing "VP" stamp is a good indication the gun was re-polished and refinished in the past.
    Value drops fast for a reblue.

    The Army Special was made from 1908 to 1927 at which point Colt renamed it as the Official Police and made it until 1969.
    All later Colt medium frame DA revolvers up to 1969, including the Python, used the same action and frame size as the Army Special.

    Value depends entirely on the following:
    1. Being in original configuration, with original grips and finish, no reblue.
    Hard black rubber grips were replaced by wood grips around 1924.

    2. Being in correct working order and timing.

    3. The amount of original finish still left by percent.

    Here's a general ball park value spread:
    10%--$180
    20%--$210
    30%--$235
    40%--$265
    50%--$285
    60%--$300
    70%--$335
    80%--$395
    90%--$525
    95%--$750
    98%--$875

    For a year produced use the lookup data base on Colt's site, or use Proofhouse.
    The serial number is stamped on the frame under the barrel where the crane seats and on the crane opposite the frame number. Often the number is also stamped inside the side plate:

    http://www.colt.com/Customer-Services/Serial-Number-Lookup

    http://proofhouse.com/colt/
     
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  11. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    Thank you dfariswheel.
     
  12. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
  13. jimboksg

    jimboksg Active Member

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    Dec 15, 2014
    California
    If you sell it I hope you get a good price.:gl:
     
  14. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    My sister is wanting to buy it.
    She said to thank y'all for the info.
    And she'd let me know if she gets it.
     
  15. jimboksg

    jimboksg Active Member

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    California
    Awesome ! I am Glad to hear it...:)
     
  16. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    Well looking at it. It's really cool.
    Chambered in .38 special.
    If the rain stops I may get to shoot it!
    I think she is going to offer $400+-
    I'll get some better pics if anyone is interested...
    Oh and I found the VP stamp
     
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  17. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    I hope this pic shows up good.[​IMG]
     
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  18. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    So I shot her today! All smiles!!![​IMG]
     
  19. 850sub

    850sub Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Pensacola
    I think this was 10 yards.
    Smooth double action. All pictures are of targets shot DA.[​IMG]