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Posted: 7/10/2013 4:15:51 PM EST
Anybody in here have some advice for me on where I could take a couple pieces (guns) to have them evaluated for condition and value in the central to south sound areas?

I am not thrilled about using gunbroker or armslist as a value generator but I guess that is my only result otherwise.

Thanks guys.
Link Posted: 7/10/2013 7:54:01 PM EST
DJ's in Bothell. The guy who runs the place has an amazing knowledge of firearms and could give you a value appraisal I'm sure. Just call a head to see how busy they are.
Link Posted: 7/11/2013 6:18:14 PM EST
Thanks Irish.

That is a great start.
Link Posted: 7/11/2013 6:21:16 PM EST
Cabela's will appraise them for you for free.
Link Posted: 7/12/2013 7:16:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2013 7:21:33 AM EST by thirtycal]
Dude, there are many of us here on this forum that have collected WWII militaria & firearms for years. I'm one of them. I would never trust some random gun shop person, no matter how knowledgeable. You're not asking them about their knowledge, you're asking them for current value... And alot of these folks don't know what current values are. Us collectors live this stuff, and know the values.

Post some photos and we'll give you a good estimate. I'll put my knowlege of WWIl era US and Japanese firearms up against anyone in any gun shop in the country. If it's German I'll have to pass to someone else.

Link Posted: 7/12/2013 7:18:01 AM EST
someone just wants to see some gunpron
Link Posted: 7/12/2013 7:28:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/12/2013 2:42:45 PM EST
First item up for looking at is a 1943 M1 carbine. General Motors Inland plant. Finish condition is fair. Stock condition is fair. Parts are in working order and it shoots fairly well. Barrel is clean and shiny with no signs of corrosion damage but may be worn.

Link Posted: 7/12/2013 2:57:15 PM EST
Second would be a 190X Colt 38 Rimless Smokeless.

Shootable condition with a non perfect finish condition.

Link Posted: 7/22/2013 7:18:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/22/2013 7:19:20 AM EST by MRBLACK947]
Been super busy and on the road a lot the last two weeks, and i haven't had a chance to do any checking up on these.

thirtycal you still out there?
Link Posted: 7/22/2013 11:33:19 AM EST
Pretty sure that's a Colt 1902 Military. Does it have a lanyard loop, or a screw hole on the other side below the grip?

A quick search shows original condition guns like that selling from 1200 to over 2K, some with worse finishes.
Link Posted: 7/22/2013 2:10:27 PM EST
Its got the lanyard loop on it.

Only thing it has on it for numbers is patented APR 20 1897 SEPT 9 1902
Link Posted: 7/22/2013 5:50:31 PM EST
Yea, 1902 Military,

They can be worth some serious coin. They are pretty rare. Apparently Colt only made a few hundred per year.

They are chambered for .38 Automatic the precursor to .38 Super.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:52:46 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MRBLACK947:
Been super busy and on the road a lot the last two weeks, and i haven't had a chance to do any checking up on these.

thirtycal you still out there?
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ooops, I just rediscovered this thread. Sorry for the delay. I have to admit that I didn't expect a 1902 Colt from the context of your original post (that's not really WWII). That's not something I know about (never even seen one that I can remember). Definitely valuable though; a quick check on Gunbroker shows they are trading hands at least at $1000, with many sales considerably north of that.

As for the M1, those are tough to appraise accurately because of the variations, and the importance of relatively minor details (starting with the stock). That looks like a post war replacement stock; any cartouches/stamps? Looking at general condition (and with inland not being particularly rare) from that photo I see a $600-700 rifle on a good day.

Interesting stuff! Thanks for posting and giving us a chance to see some cool stuff.


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