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Got rid of my Les Baer TRS....

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Classic, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    So a few months ago my Colt Gold Cup broke the lug on the barrel and I sent it back. Everything was covered under warrantee and I bot a tack driver back that put my TRS to shame. So today I traded it
    Here's a pic with my custom made grips
    DSCF2088_zpsoozndrfx.jpg

    So, what did I trade it for?
    I couldn't help it... I picked up a 6" 629 smooth cylinder with just a slight trace of a mark on the cylinder AND a S&W 19-3 4" blued with a faint hint of holster wear on the end of the barrel but almost no mark on the cylinder.
    Both are dang near virgin tight...
    DSCF2090_zpskeiafulk.jpg

    So, how did I do? The LB cost me $1539
     
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  2. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea but they do look really nice.
     
  3. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Financially speaking, if neither have the box, you are maybe $100 on the short end. If either do, closer to break even. Probably 800$ for the 629 and 600$ for the 19. But I love the Smith's. Those are two definitely desirable guns moving the right way on the value scale. I probably would have done the trade in your position as well.
     
  4. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Shoot you did just fine. Your LB wasn't worth what you paid for it. They never are. The financial difference is negligible and you pulled two very sweet wheel guns. I'd say kick back and try not to grin too hard.
     
  5. U201494

    U201494 Well-Known Member

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    You did good. The 19-4 is about as accurate as you can get in a medium weight revolver and the 629? Well let's just say Dirty would get a chubby looking at it.
    Make no mistake the Baer is pretty hard to beat for a 1911 but I've owned a few Gold Cups and they were all rock solid dependable and superbly accurate, don't know what to think about your barrel lug?
     
  6. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Look on gunbroker or anywhere else for a smooth cylinder 629... If it were a normal 629 the deal never would have happened. The TR sells new for $2200+ but I got it right. It still was flawless when I sold it 500 rounds later (with the addition of the grips I made)
    Bang for buck I'm thinking I came out well ahead on the deal;)
     
  7. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Is that a 629-4

    I've got one of those in a 3" barrel with unfluted cylinder, and it is one bad Larry, I'll tell you what :D
     
  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Regardless of whether we agree on the prices/values, like I said, I would have done that deal as well. I think the value trajectories on those two wheel guns are going up where that 1911 would probably stay about where it was.

    However you want to argue it (I've come across several smooth cylinder 629's, but I have several friends who are S&W whores) you did just fine! Enjoy shooting those two!
     
  9. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Everything I've seen on gunbroker aren't smooth cylinders... The few that I can find are 1K+
    Condition? I know I did good :D
    I have 2 other 1911's (1 that that Colt has gone through) that are every bit as good if not better! I know my Gold cup is more accurate:eek::eek:o_O;)
    I sold my King Cobra about 18 months ago and I have regretted it ever since. I nabbed a nice 19-3 4" as well. Heck yes I'm pleased! :D:D:D:D
     
  10. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you knew you did good, why'd you ask? ;)

    Ive only owned a few snakes. I'm a Smith guy. I do love the model 19's. Second only to the model 27/28 to me.
     
  11. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Can't put a price on happiness buddy.
    If your happy with it then you came out on top.
    I've lost money on gun trades, but was happy I got a firearm I like better.
     
  12. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I think you did just fine! Certainly close to even on either side, above or below. Are you into revolvers or is this a newer thing?
    The grips on the LB are beautiful!:)
     
  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well if you like what you traded for you did good.I'm a sucker on trades,especially 2 for 1 trades.
    So is the 629 actually 6" or 6,3/8,whatever? If it's at 6"s then the value goes up a little as S&W doesn't put out even inch barrels for mass production.Only special models
    But I don't know if the 2 are worth $1500.
    Man a look at GB shows they are worth well over the trade value.Now I didn't get into the advanced area to see what has actually sold,but the asking prices ,I must say,are kinda ridiculous.
     
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  14. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    I sold a mint Colt King Cobra to a member here so I'm not new to revolvers but I regret selling that Colt.
    I've wanted a replacement for a while and these guns are in beautiful shape. The 44 mag is 6" (I just measured) and the .357 is a 4" Both are pre-lock
    Yup, GB wants stupid money for them especially the unfluted cylinder!

    I made the grips on the Les Baer out of black Walnut. One of these days I'll take a pick of the other grips I've made;)
     
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  15. twowheels

    twowheels portland, OR Active Member

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    You picked up a couple beautiful smiths, a very good place for your gun money. They are going up in value and are a whole lot of fun to shoot.