P13-45 alloy value
I went to a local gunstore today and saw a P13-45. It has an alloy frame, stainless slide and 2- 10 round mags.
It looks almost unfired. I asked the (jerk) clerk behind the counter the history of the piece and he just shrugged.
They are asking $539 for the gun and claim to have no room to go any lower as it was just discounted from 599.
I love my colt commander and the thought of a high cap that fits my milt sparks
holsters is appealing. What say the hive? Buy or run away? Is there anything I should check for before I buy?
$539 seems on the high end of acceptable to me. These things were in the $700-$750 range when new. I have an alloy P12 that I bought new in '95 and it's been a champ for me.
I never like to pay asking price, so if it was me, I'd pull out $500 cash and see if that changes anyone's mind.
I've got a P-13 with the alloy frame I bought used off of Gunbroker about 3 1/2 yrs ago. IIRC I paid $400 without the fees which were probably another $60- $70. Mine is the old style without the beavertail and the eratz Novak rear sight. I don't shoot the pistol extensively but carry it occasionally. Mine is a reliable pistol with just about any style bullet and it shoots close to point of aim with the Golden Sabre's I carry in it. Of course it would have the same manual of arms as your Commander which is a plus.
That being said the Para's have some good and bad things to consider. First the mag springs usually need to be replaced and it isn't a bad idea to go through the pistol and replace them all (springs).
The mag catch on mine allowed the mag to be released a bit too easily and I replaced the Para part with an Ed Brown part backed by a Wolf spring and problem is gone.
I have a stash of the Mec-Gar 10 rd mags and have had good luck with them in the P-13 though they aren't as readily available now and aren't as cheap. The high cap mags I have for it needed the springs changed to be 100% reliable and sell for about $29 now at CDNN.
I have shot 1911's for a long time and really like my P-13 for it's decent trigger pull, reliability, accuracy and capacity in a fairly compact pkg.
Since I bought the P-13 my stainless Officers ACP stays at home.