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Older Pardini Value

Post by Dcforman on 5/6/2018, 3:37 pm

Hey all!

I've got a buddy with a Pardini he's letting go of. It's a 98 or 99 SP. Round count is unknown, but it's in good condition, and it shoots well. Original grips. Comes with 2 old (4 coil), 2 new (6 coil) mags, box, no paperwork. Two questions...

1. What's a fair price?

2. Is it compatible with the current 32 ACP conversion?

Thanks!

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Re: Older Pardini Value

Post by Chris Miceli on 5/6/2018, 3:46 pm

Is the steel front end ?
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Post by Dcforman on 5/6/2018, 3:58 pm

Don't know. What are the possibilities? I'm pretty sure it does not have the weight on springs in the front end. I was looking at newer models, so I haven't researched the older ones yet.

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Post by Chris Miceli on 5/6/2018, 4:26 pm

If i Recall the trigger blade is shaped differently old vs new. Older ones have steel front ends vs alum. I think the old ones had 4 weights and springs for recoil counterbalance vs 6? I don’t shoot a Pardini, I’m going off memory.
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Post by Dr.Don on 5/6/2018, 4:59 pm

i was looking at a Pardini SP much newer than you indicated.  I asked Pardini about the 32acp conversion and it would not fit.  Call and talk to them to be sure.
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Post by gregbenner on 5/6/2018, 8:47 pm

I was talking with Wladimir a couple of days ago with a similar question. It seems clear that there is not 100% interchangeability.  I would definitely call him to be sure.

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Post by mpolans on 5/6/2018, 10:09 pm

A .32acp conversion will definitely *not* fit an older SP.  The .32acp conversions won't even fit the non-Bullseye SPs.  The slots in the frame that the cocking ears travel in are different widths.  IIRC, there is a cross pin in one of them (I can't remember which) that prevents the bolt of one from fitting in the frame unless it has a corresponding cut out.

The trigger adjustments between the older SPs of the era you're describing with the steel shrouds and non-adjustable trigger blades are also different from the newer ones with aluminum shrouds.  I'm pretty sure you can retro fit the newer trigger blade on the older ones, but I'm not sure all the internals will interchange.  The different adjustment methods lead me to think the internals will not 100% interchange.  The rear sights are different, and because of this, grips will not swap, unless you dremel on the older grip to remove some material...you'll also need a longer grip screw going through the bottom (IIRC, about 50mm long).  The magazines will mostly change, though I have noticed that the thickness of some baseplates sometimes prevents a magazine from fully seating, though I'm not 100% sure those were all old mags, rather than just a variance in tolerance.  I think my older Pardini had slightly looser tolerances in this respect and would accept any of the mags, while my newer one is more picky.

As for value, I would think anything less than $1000 would be a fantastic deal, but I wouldn't ever pay more than $1200 for one.  Any more than that, and you might as well pony up a few hundred more for a used Pardini SP Bullseye with the current frame and internals, and the possibility of accepting a .32acp conversion unit.

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Re: Older Pardini Value

Post by Dcforman on 5/7/2018, 4:41 am

Thanks for all the info, everyone. Tremendously helpful. I think I'm going to wait and go with a new unit or find a used Bullseye SP. 

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Post by jmdavis on 5/7/2018, 8:03 pm

The trigger of the older model has adjustment, but not as much as the new one. As as been pointed out you cannot use the frame as a host for the .32 acp. 

Pardini used to make a trigger conversion and Larry's used to sell them. I don't think that they do any more.
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Post by Allgoodhits on 5/7/2018, 8:29 pm

I have a older Pardini Fiocchi in 32 S&W. The importer at the time was Lou Allessandri or some thing similar. It is in excellent condition. Have Pardini Fiocchi case, manuals and two mags. I bought it pre-owned, never shot it.  Narrow steel front, no additional weights. Matt blue finish.

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