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'What should I pay for it?' and 'How much is this worth' questions? Start here
We get a lot of requests for "What should I pay for this?" or "How much is this gun really worth" or "I saw this offered online the other day and wondered if it was a good price?" In truth, there's no Blue Book of Gun Values or other ready-reference resource that's available to us online that we know about. Consequently, the recommendation often becomes: Check the completed auctions to get an idea of what people actually were willing to pay for a particular firearm; you can make a determination in your own head as to what the gun might be worth from that.

So ... how do you get the information on completed auctions? First, sign on to the GunBroker and Auction Arms online sites (checking both is better than using one or the other exclusively). Next, narrow your search to the specific gun you are interested in: an Interarms-made PPK/S, for example, or a Walther P5. Then go to the drop-down menu and select Completed Auctions. This will show you every completed deal from the past few months and will indicate whether there were any bids entered into the system (just keep in mind that a bid does not equal an actual sale). Click away until you determine whether the gun in question sold and, if it did, the actual dollar amount of the winning bid.

If new guns are your thing, here are some other sources that you might want to use to check prices:

http://www.sportingarms.com/

Jet Guns, Smokin Deals

Discount Guns for Sale - Buds Gun Shop

Happy hunting
 

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How much value is lost due to an import mark of a WW2 P38? Thanks.
 

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The answer to your question depends entirely on the buyer and what he/she is looking for, although it's safe to say that most collectors want a pistol that is free of import marks of any size and shape. How much of a difference in price is impossible to say; the buyer and seller ultimately decide.

And it's also worth noting that if you are looking to fill a hole in a collection, and a representative sample that is import-marked comes along at a decent price, some buyers who have struck out in searching for a pristine example may be inclined to jump ... sometimes at a surprising price.
 

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It depends in large measure on where the importer's stamp is, and whether it adversely affects the appearance of the gun. Some of the new "billboards" peckered onto guns with dot-matrix machines are downright ugly defacements. But many of the others are more gracefully applied, and help to prove the gun's provenance --where it came from.

An importer's mark is part of a gun's history; it also gives some measure of protection against fraud --many "G.I. bringbacks from WWII" are not what they seem.

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Posted by Biz:

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."* Major-General John Sedgwick seconds before a Confederate sharpshooter shot him at Spotsylvania Court House.


Served him right...

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I have a vintage P38 Srl #6982 i. The pistol has a 4-7/8 barrel. The pistol is in good condition and has the matching mag/holster. etc. What is the value of this pistol? I read an article in the American Rifleman that prototypes may be extremely valuable.
 

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I have a vintage P38 Srl #6982 i. The pistol has a 4-7/8 barrel. The pistol is in good condition and has the matching mag/holster. etc. What is the value of this pistol? I read an article in the American Rifleman that prototypes may be extremely valuable.
Without pics, nobody can say. Serial numbers were re-used often to conceal production numbers, and my "good condition" might be somebody else's "holy crap, was that a pistol at one time?"

Also, it's OK to start your own thread rather than just tagging onto another one.
 
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