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Local Expert on Pythons

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by KTM530XCW, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a local shop or gunsmith in the Portland/Vancouver area that is knowledgeable about Colt Pythons.

    I recently inherited three blued Pythons and would like to get them assessed for condition/value. I'm told they are "unfired", but I realize that concept is a myth. I know they are low low usage.

    Any recommendations on an local python expert is greatly appreciated.

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  2. Tbucket

    Tbucket Olympia,Wash. Active Member

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    I am not any help, but great inheritance!
     
  3. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    You don't need expert. Get on gun broker dot com and look at the closed auctions, you'll see what others have sold for. The colt forum is also a good source. Pythons are bringing unreal prices right now. Do you have the original boxes for each gun too? Shooter grade Pythons are bringing $2500 and up.
     
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  4. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Only python expert I know of is in AZ. Besides he would be more for mechanical work on the python. Not trying to be glib, but python value, sky is the limit. If you got them with original boxes and papers, and the finish is near 100%, go on gun broker and take your pick on value. If they haven't been shot a lot and condition shows that, not a lot reason to have them mechanically evaluated. If a python has been shot a lot, as in a whole bunch, then it could go out of time due to wear.
     
  5. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    No box, but finish is 99%+
     
  6. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    You're still looking at $2500 to 3500
     
  7. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    Are you looking to sell? Or trying to get a handle on what to insure them for?
     
  8. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Alright, second question. Do you think this is a bubble and should offload now? Or is this representative of true demand
     
  9. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Tempted to sell, but i know is probably regret it
     
  10. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    Colt will never make them again, it's too expensive. As long as the economy doesn't tank I think the prices will hold.
    I love my snake guns!
     
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  11. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm also interested in an opinion of if they have been shot much.

    Id LOVE to take one to the range, but not if they are as "mint" as the family legacy says.
     
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  12. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    Sent you a conversation
     
  13. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Personally, I'd sell two and keep one.
    The 2-1/2" will always be worth a bit more then the others, but not as good a shooter as the longer ones.
     
  14. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice. Don't sell just give me one ;)

    Unless you really, really have no other choice, keep them.
    They can be sweet shooters - meaning too many are kept as safe queens.
     
  15. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Whoever gives you a quote on what they are worth, I would get a second..

    When it comes to Colt Python, they are some of the most sought after pistols.. Just like the Colt SAA's.. And there is also allot of misinformation out there!
     
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  16. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I think eventually the bubble will pop, because all bubbles eventually do. That being said, the value won't fall far even when it pops. Take them to a reputable dealer or gunsmith. Make sure you tell them you have NO INTEREST in selling them and pay them to write you up an appraisal for your insurance . Remember most insurances will only cover between $2500 and $5000 without additional coverage. These easily should blow through those numbers, so check with your insurance agent.
     
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  17. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    The 6'' gun has nonfactor sights. That gun also looks puffed and re-blued.

    You should get them looked at.
     
  18. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate the heads up on that. Looks like i know which will become my shooter then.
     
  19. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Mint Pythons are a real Catch 22 dilemma.
    On one hand they are a great gun to shoot and very accurate, but on the other hand the high value is in not shooting them.
    Kinda like having a smoking hot super model for a girlfriend.
    Everybody wants one and is jealous of you, but too bad you can't touch her because you might muss up her hair and makeup.
     
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  20. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    I like the way you think. That would be an awesome shooter.
    And it already looks like someone set it up that way on purpose.;)