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Old May 29, 2018, 19:48   #1
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Anyone want to guess how high this will go?

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Old May 29, 2018, 20:17   #2
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That is a gorgeous Model 29. Hell, a set of nice Cokes bring $500+ these days!
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Old May 29, 2018, 20:26   #3
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I have that same setup. Have tried to sell it a couple of times but nothing but tire kickers and low ballers respond.

I've not seen a set of Cokes that dark or shiny. I wonder if they've been refinished.

Also, the turn line is blue. Wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't been re-blued.
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Old May 30, 2018, 05:34   #4
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I bought a 624 from them, good folks. This Pre-29 is not pristine. I would say $1800-2000. There would have to be no turn line and the case perfect to get substantially more.

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Old June 02, 2018, 08:33   #5
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A sweet N frame that has seen some use. I would think it will go for a reasonable $2,000 - $2,400.
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Old June 02, 2018, 12:25   #6
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I have S1741**. The one in the auction is S180407. The description says that this one is a "pre model 29" . Mine is stamped MOD-29. Why would that one not also be stamped MOD-29 since mine has a lower serial number?

Also, mine has smooth factory grips (no checkering). Is that common?

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Old June 02, 2018, 18:36   #7
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Mine is S171xxx and was made in 1957.

You would need to get your gun lettered by Roy Jinks to see what the deal is on it.
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Old June 04, 2018, 09:35   #8
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$3200 - $3800 if it was mint. Condition is everything with these with the hardcore collectors. I have a 4" pre Model 29 thats in 98% condition with only a faint turn line and no signs of firing outside the factory but no box or tools. I bet it would only bring $2000 on Gunjoker. Mines a 4 screw though I prefer the 5 screws and I think they bring a little more too.

Dont dismiss the 29-2, some of them are as nice as the pre-29s and even though its hit or miss in that regard they are all nice guns. I have a 4" 29-2 made in 1976 thats about the same quality as the 1980s and 90s guns, then I have a 6.5" 29-2 made in 71 that actually a little bit nicer than my pre-29...there is no gap between the ER shroud and the frame at all and the action is slightly tighter.

Then I had an early 1980s 29-3 6" NIB that I stupidly sold because I wanted the recessed chambers and pinned barrel. I say stupidly because whoever polished it must have be an old timer around since the 1950s. It was darn near Python level. Mechanically it was very nice too. Each gun must be judged on its own merits.

Since I had Bowen rework a Ruger Bisley into a strong 5 shot I've kind of lost interest in the 44 mag and moved on to the 45 Colt. Its a hand loaders dream.
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Old June 05, 2018, 22:33   #9
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Not perfect but it's still a beautiful revolver. Seems to me that S&W prices have been on the rise recently so that one may bring a good bit when all is said and done.

I'm probably the reason for the prices going up since I'm in the market for a couple of models right now. I have the uncanny ability to cause market spikes just by thinkingI want something.
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Old June 06, 2018, 08:30   #10
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So is the opening bid on this one out of line? I thought it was in-line with market, but people are weird and this is not my area of expertise. 16 watchers.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/771957542

Sold a Sig last week that sold for more - after I dropped the opening bid - than the previous week's opening bid.
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Old June 06, 2018, 10:00   #11
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So is the opening bid on this one out of line? I thought it was in-line with market, but people are weird and this is not my area of expertise. 16 watchers.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/771957542

Sold a Sig last week that sold for more - after I dropped the opening bid - than the previous week's opening bid.

Damn it Mark! That's one of my grail guns. The opening bid might be a little high for the revolver without all the factory goodies.

The pre-lock Smith market seems to be all over the place right now but it seems like the guys really throwing money at them are looking for guns complete with factory paper work,boxes etc.

The guns by themselves have really been hit or miss in the last few weeks especially.
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Old June 06, 2018, 12:27   #12
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That is one pretty gun!

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Old June 06, 2018, 12:44   #13
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I'm sticking with my original thought (guestimate) from a week ago... $2150

I like Mark's too! Good luck with the auction.

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Old June 07, 2018, 19:50   #14
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So is the opening bid on this one out of line? I thought it was in-line with market, but people are weird and this is not my area of expertise. 16 watchers.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/771957542

Sold a Sig last week that sold for more - after I dropped the opening bid - than the previous week's opening bid.
I don't think your opening price is unreasonable however I would start the bidding at $200 no reserve on a decent collectable S&W - that seems to get the most excitement and interest in auctions.
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Old June 08, 2018, 07:48   #15
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I don't think your opening price is unreasonable however I would start the bidding at $200 no reserve on a decent collectable S&W - that seems to get the most excitement and interest in auctions.
That's a heck of a gamble.
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Old June 08, 2018, 08:11   #16
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That's a heck of a gamble.
I've had pretty good luck with that technique on gunbroker - at least on the more collectable S&W N frames. Once people start bidding on something they can already imagine in it in there collection and get caught up in the auction.
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Old June 08, 2018, 12:58   #17
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Now up to $2,030 with 3 days left. This one may get sporty.
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Old June 08, 2018, 18:48   #18
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$2488.00 that's my prediction. That's a beautiful Smith.
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Hmmm, this is making that local 629-6 4" for $650 looking better all the time.

Maybe not a collectable, but eminently shootable.

That Pre-29 sure is a beaut, but I like my firearms to go bang. My bet is this will go for around the $3k mark.
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Hmmm, this is making that local 629-6 4" for $650 looking better all the time.

Maybe not a collectable, but eminently shootable.

That Pre-29 sure is a beaut, but I like my firearms to go bang. My bet is this will go for around the $3k mark.

I've been cyber stalking N frames recently and that's not a bad price right now from what I've found.

The 4" 25's in .45C like I'm looking for are are going considerably higher than 29's in the same condition usually. Damn it.
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Is there some reason I cannot see the winning bid? Has Moneygrubber.com started hiding hammer price of sold items?
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Is there some reason I cannot see the winning bid? Has Moneygrubber.com started hiding hammer price of sold items?
Weird, it doesn't show the final bid until I look at it on my watch list of completed auctions.

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Surprised it went that high. The gun looks obviously re-blued. Shooter grade gun, not collectable.
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Surprised it went that high. The gun looks obviously re-blued. Shooter grade gun, not collectable.
I dont think it is reblued. Maybe with a coat of gun care product on it to make the finish look more uniform for photos.
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I own one of those guns. And have looked at many other Smiths from that period. The tint is too blue, and it looks like they blued over the turn line. Of course it could just be the camera. Don't know.
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I own one of those guns. And have looked at many other Smiths from that period. The tint is too blue, and it looks like they blued over the turn line. Of course it could just be the camera. Don't know.
Too rich for my blood. But it sure is pretty for a wheel gun. Why would it be reblued as the service wear looks pretty consistent? I’m just wondering why someone would do it considering it has the box and all. Or is it the trigger looking that doesn’t exactly match giving you the impression? And I do realize people years ago didn’t worry all that much about keeping the original finish.
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