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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by akapennypincher, Jan 23, 2011.
Anyone know if this company is still around?
No, but John Jardine is.
Thanks maybe that is why I was never called for a deposit when my order came up for build!
Jardine's Valtro is gone, but you can still find the guns once in a while on the used market.
There weren't a whole lot of them built.
Now thats pretty
Wonder why he went under, as it was a Great gun with everything one could ask for at a FAIR PRICE!
John hasn't gone under, he's still very much doing custom work and building guns, as regards to the Valtro, the story, (as related via various interweb forums), is that the Italian factory at first couldn't deliver sufficient components whilst still meeting John's QC standard...And then it burnt to the ground....which is rather a shame....
Why does everything "burn down" when the Italians get involved, wonder what the insurance was like???
I've always liked the Valtro's looks also.
Well the story now is unfolding. Thanks.
Its an interesting story, to be honest.
Good looking gun. Really like the melt job and high cut triggerguard too. What do they usually go for?
Dont know much about the Valtro but I have had the oppertunity to shoot with John on a weekly basis.. He's a great guy and I learned alot from him..Had planned on sending a stainless gun to him in Hayward to have it Blackened.
Mine was $1149. I worked next door to the Bullseye range in San Rafael and the guy that worked there let me shoot his. They had one in the case and I bought it on the spot.
A bit more than a Kimber Gold Target but a bit less than a TRP or my Gold Combat cost in the day.
I sold my Kimber GC about 2 days later......
When they pop up on GB they seem to run about $3K for a descent used example, to $5K + for a LNIB
Joe, today they sell for at least $5K in unfired condition.
Used is obviously less. The exact amount depending on condition.
Hard to believe people will pay that for a pistol that sold for $1400.
Yeah, I did a little better than that, Jeff, and mine has never been fired.
However, the prices keep going up.
Its a high quality gun, but its the collector value that really drives it north.
Here's the last one I saw that sold online.
I'm not sure what I actually sold for. I'm sure it wasn't $6K for a used Valtro, but I bet it brought a pretty penny.
6K is too much for a carry gun.