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Posted: 3/2/2006 8:29:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:45:21 AM EDT by texas_archer]
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Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:31:51 PM EDT
$600? I dunno. Does it have night sights or black ones?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:32:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:45:37 AM EDT by texas_archer]
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Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:27:20 AM EDT
Well, it's definitely worth more than an XD, as far as resale value. Most people will ask at least $600 for one of those, and more if it has night sights. You're doing well with that trade. However, try and make sure of two things. Find out how it functions, and find out if it's modified in any way. If it's modified, you might want to make sure it's done by someone who knows what they are doing. Even if it turns out that you get a lemon, you can always get the price of a new XD out of it.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 5:22:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:45:52 AM EDT by texas_archer]
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Link Posted: 3/3/2006 7:11:12 AM EDT
The way I see it, here are the pros and cons:

You will be getting a gun and accessories that probably cost in the neghborhood of $850 new. It probably is worth at least $650 used, if not more. Even if the gun turned out to be a reliability nightmare, there are always people who would buy it, like me, for $500 or more, knowing it's probably an easy fix. What I mean by that is that if it does not feed well, it's most likely an extractor issue.

I assume you have around $500 into your XD, maybe less if you bought it cheap. At the worst, you will break even, and at the best, you'll have a good carry gun that was cheap by 1911 prices to get into. You might be taking a slight gamble on reliability, but not on price. As long as this will not be your only option for a carry gun, I say go for it, as more than likely you're getting a great deal. The only thing that makes me hesitant is that it begs one question. Why is he willing to trade straight across for an XD, when you can go buy a new one for $450 in most parts of the country. Maybe you have a ton of mags and night sights, and he got into his gun cheap, but it still seems a little lopsided in your favor.

If his gun is a functioning nightmare, maybe that's why he is selling it. However, even with a non feeding gun, you can either be less than honest and sell it for $650 any day, or be honest and sell it for $500 any day. This is just my reasoning. Take it for what it's worth. I've bought many a 1911 that didn't work for cheap, and then paid next to nothing to fix it up. That's why I say you can't go wrong. There are always guys like me who will buy it for at least the cost of an XD.

Link Posted: 3/3/2006 7:15:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:46:05 AM EDT by texas_archer]
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Link Posted: 3/3/2006 1:53:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:46:16 AM EDT by texas_archer]
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Link Posted: 3/3/2006 5:37:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By texas_archer:
OK, here is an update.

I went to meet the guy today to trade. The gun looks like it is in very good shape. No cracks in the frame, ramped barrel, etc. HOWEVER, the grip safty DID NOT WORK. The trigger did not look like a factory trigger so he took it home with him to see if he could fix it. He called me awhile ago and said that he had replaced what ended up being a Colt 1911 trigger with a factory Springfield 1911 trigger and that it worked perfectly.

SO, we are meeting again tomorrow afternoon for a trade.



When you say the grip safety didn't work, how? It wouldn't disengage, or it wouldn't block the trigger to prevent firing? From the pictures, it does look like a short milspec type trigger. I'm wondering if he wanted to keep the original trigger and threw that one in as a replacement without testing it.

Seems a little fishy, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if he replaces the trigger and all seems to function properly. Is there a range you can meet him at to try it out? I've done that a couple times with great success.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out. I agree with Hobbs, this should be a great deal for you.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 5:52:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:46:28 AM EDT by texas_archer]
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