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Almost Famous

Post by Jon Math on 6/1/2017, 10:02 am

You never know what you will find at the local gun shop.  Yesterday I spied a Smith M41 with a 7” slide.  Nothing special until you looked at the serial number.  It’s only four digits long.  The store owner took the gun in trade and wondered about the age.  He contacted Smith and they had to do a bit of research.  Turns out the original run started with number 1001, the one I saw is from that original batch, but not number 1.

The store had not decided what they wanted for it, but they were thinking between $1800 and $2000.  I’m not sure an old used Smith with a lot of bluing worn off and grips with chips is worth that, unless it was number 1001 itself.
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Post by Wobbley on 6/1/2017, 10:08 am

You are correct.  Perhaps a 100 or 200 dollar premium on the price for one in a similar condition, if that.

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Post by Jon Math on 6/1/2017, 10:28 am

If it had the box and tools and papers, and was in unused condition it might have a significant value to a collector.  I’m a shooter, and as much as I’d like to find a used M41, I’m not sure I’d trust this antique. I could replace the springs etc, but starting at that asking price I'd be better with a Pardini.
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