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Old 01-06-2013, 21:43   #1
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What revolvers would you recommend that would be good investments

I remember something about which revolvers would be good investments for down the road but couldn't locate anything close to it with the search function in the forum

With that being said, What revolvers would you recommend that would be good investments for the future? I'm not looking to turn a profit. I'm looking to add a few nice revolvers to my gun collection to enjoy and one day pass on to the kids. I'm thinking along the lines of older Smith & Wesson's or Colts, something thats somewhat affordable and hasn't peeked in price like the Pythons.

Thanks for your suggestions,
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Old 01-06-2013, 21:57   #2
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Colts, older Smiths and Rugers.

All of these are good investments.

Of those three......Smiths, no lock, and firing pin on the hammer.

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Old 01-06-2013, 22:11   #3
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I do not think that any firearm is going to be a “good investment.” The powers that be do not trust us and want to take away our guns and there is not a thing that we are going to be able to do about it. Just think of the tanks and helicopters going after David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, the government burned them to a crisp.

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I do not think that any firearm is going to be a “good investment.” The powers that be do not trust us and want to take away our guns and there is not a thing that we are going to be able to do about it. Just think of the tanks and helicopters going after David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, the government burned them to a crisp.

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My view of the future is a bit brighter. More gun control may be headed our way, but complete confiscation seems unrealistic; thats the way my crystal ball looks tonight, anyway.

My pre-lock S&W revolvers are among my favorites, and I expect market value increases to at least keep up with inflation for a long time. These guns still have a big following. They represent US firearm tradition and history in addition to being fine shooters. A stainless or blued .357 in 3" or 4" would enhance any collection.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:30   #5
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Most Colt DA revolvers should be good investments.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:39   #6
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S&W stainless, pre-lock, pre-MIM revolvers

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I remember something about which revolvers would be good investments for down the road but couldn't locate anything close to it with the search function in the forum

With that being said, What revolvers would you recommend that would be good investments for the future? I'm not looking to turn a profit. I'm looking to add a few nice revolvers to my gun collection to enjoy and one day pass on to the kids. I'm thinking along the lines of older Smith & Wesson's or Colts, something thats somewhat affordable and hasn't peeked in price like the Pythons.

Thanks for your suggestions,
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Any S&W pre-lock, pre-MIM, revolvers will do;
Bought used I've got a 629-2 $350, 65-3, $500, 640-1 $500.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:22   #7
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Much depends on what price you pay at the start, more value for FTF cash too. Keep an eye out & see what comes up. I recently added a Ruger SP-101 357 to the mix.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:58   #8
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With some K frame prices well above 500 my guess is that the days of real deals are close to behind us. That said I am thinking based on current prices a K frame that could be had below 400 in pristine condition and any N frame that could be had for less than say 600 would probably continue to appreciate. And over a long time frame revolvers such as SAA's and Registered Magnums in addition to Pythons will continue to climb in price. As said I am not certain any of them are wise investments as investments go.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:15   #11
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Any S&W pre-lock, pre-MIM, revolvers will do;
Bought used I've got a 629-2 $350, 65-3, $500, 640-1 $500.
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Your S&W lineup is mighty fine. I'm partial to stainless, so your lineup caught my eye.

Your 3" model 65 is one of my favorites for ease of carry in a holster or in a daypack. The fixed sights make for snag-free handling, and the size is very manageable.

The S&Ws will be popular for a long, long time.

With respect to buying guns for an "investment", I agree that most firearms don't provide an investment-quality proposition; there just isn't an opportunity for material gain or loss. However, I believe guns bought at reasonable prices today will hold value over time (market value = purchase price + adjustment for inflation); thus, using disposable cash for gun purchases is better than leaving the money in a bank account with near-0% interest. And, with a national on-line firearm market, liquidation is easy today.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:51   #13
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As an investment...my DA Colt "snakes" have payed off nicely so far...

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:02   #14
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Any blue steel, pre-lock S&W revolver.

Any blue steel Colt.

Both S&W and Colt should have wood grips.
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The Colt Pythons have appreciated very nicely over time. Some would say future appreciation will be less robust because current prices are pretty high.

Many years ago I had an opportunity to buy a Colt Trooper from an Army vet who was an infantry company commander in Viet Nam. The Trooper was a going away gift from his men at the end of his tour. The gun was unfired in the box, and he needed $200. If only I had been in a position to help him and acquire a nice Colt. That opportunity would have produced a nice payback based on today's prices.
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Right now you can clearly see which guns are the good investments. I wouldn't say revolvers are one of them.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:49   #17
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I'd say focus on buying some really nice SW M27, M27-1 and M27-2. The M27s were the top-of-the-line SW .357 Magnum wheelguns with the prettiest finishes and lots of niceties touches.

I can definitely see these going up in value.
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Any Colt or pre-lock S&W revolvers will be good investments.
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Unless the answer is "ones that are about to be used in major political assassinations" then none. Guns are a terrible investment. I have made the case before that, a top quality American revolver from the 60's might be worth 3 or 4 times what it cost, today...maybe even 5 times. A top quality American guitar, made the same year and originally selling for a pretty similar price, can easily be worth 50-100 times its original cost.

In 1960 Fender Stratocaster cost $260-350. Today, a 1960 Stratocaster, played for 52 years, with the finish worn off and a little rust on the metal is going to run an easy $20,000 and I see them priced up to $40,000. Of course, there are many guitars from that time, including most Gibsons, worth even more. If I start investing in collectibles, it won't be guns.
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I'd say focus on buying some really nice SW M27, M27-1 and M27-2. The M27s were the top-of-the-line SW .357 Magnum wheelguns with the prettiest finishes and lots of niceties touches.

I can definitely see these going up in value.

That would be my own personal choice as well, otherwise Pythons have arreciated a lot in the past year!
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Any blue steel, pre-lock S&W revolver.

Any blue steel Colt.

Both S&W and Colt should have wood grips.
+1, adding the Ruger 'six' series .38/.357 to the list.
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+1, adding the Ruger 'six' series .38/.357 to the list.
I was going to say, that, if I were trying to dump a large amount into a certain handgun at this moment, I would corner the market on Security/Speed Sixes. For purely "investment" purposes they are still underpriced in my area but re coming up in other areas. Rugers have generally been undervalued in the secondary market when they first start showing up used, but they make their reputation over time and the values pick up.

The odd thing is, in my area, the Ruger centerfire autos were picking up a following about two years ago. The metal framed ones are on a number of people's "call me if you get one" lists at the LGS. I imagine that current events are going to bring the Sec6s up in popularity.
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Unless the answer is "ones that are about to be used in major political assassinations" then none. Guns are a terrible investment. I have made the case before that, a top quality American revolver from the 60's might be worth 3 or 4 times what it cost, today...maybe even 5 times. A top quality American guitar, made the same year and originally selling for a pretty similar price, can easily be worth 50-100 times its original cost.

In 1960 Fender Stratocaster cost $260-350. Today, a 1960 Stratocaster, played for 52 years, with the finish worn off and a little rust on the metal is going to run an easy $20,000 and I see them priced up to $40,000. Of course, there are many guitars from that time, including most Gibsons, worth even more. If I start investing in collectibles, it won't be guns.
As I recall, the OP is looking for revolvers that will hold value, not return a profit. That was the basis of my advice, anyway.

Sure wish I had a few of those fine old guitars, but I don't. In fact, I wouldn't even recognize a Stratocaster if it was sitting next to me. The Gibson 'Les Paul' is the only one I'm familiar with, because a family member owned several of them over the years.

There probably are collectible items that represent an 'investment' because of future profit opportunity; paintings and other fine art pieces come to mind, but real expertise is needed to play that game. Since most of us don't have the knowledge to invest wisely in such objects, firearms attract our interest. Most of us just hope to keep up with inflation as far as our gun 'portfolios' are concerned.
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Right now you can clearly see which guns are the good investments. I wouldn't say revolvers are one of them.
Back in 1998 I could buy a S&W Model 10 revolver for $150. These days I can't find 'em for less that $400. The value has gone up considerably.

A Colt or Smith & Wesson DA revolver is a quality weapon too.
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Back in 1998 I could buy a S&W Model 10 revolver for $150. These days I can't find 'em for less that $400. The value has gone up considerably.

A Colt or Smith & Wesson DA revolver is a quality weapon too.
Back in November, you could by a DPMS Oracle for $550. Now they sell for $1800.

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