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I was looking for a Model 17 at a gun show. I found a really nice one that looked brand new with the box. It was priced at $650 :eek: . These guns had been in the $450 to $500 range. Is this a gouge or are these guns headed that way?
 

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Why are these "classics" so expensive? My real model 18 ND only cost me $425, and my 17-2 $575.

I thought the purpose of CNC machining, EDM rifling, and MIM parts, was to make them cheaper to produce, and thus more affordable? Regards 18DAI.
 
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I think the political environment is contributing to the price escalation. The jumps in the past 6 months are more than the previous couple of years.
 

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18DAI said:
Why are these "classics" so expensive? My real model 18 ND only cost me $425, and my 17-2 $575.

I thought the purpose of CNC machining, EDM rifling, and MIM parts, was to make them cheaper to produce, and thus more affordable? Regards 18DAI.
More PROFIT ! :lol:
 
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Well, if that Model 17 happened to be a dash one....then that would be pretty cheap money. Like a lot of knowledgeable collectors would have formed a line :eek:

Depends so much on the individual gun, engineering change, unusual features, etc....

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Gizamo said:
Well, if that Model 17 happened to be a dash one....then that would be pretty cheap money. Like a lot of knowledgeable collectors would have formed a line :eek:

Depends so much on the individual gun, engineering change, unusual features, etc....

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I bought the latest edition S&W book to learn about the different dash changes. I think I need a phone number and a phone that I can take pictures to send to someone, when I go to gun shows. Not serious but I have sooo much to learn about S&Ws. That is why I am hanging out here. I also try to look at the gun auction sites to see at what price particular models are selling.
 

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They are all headed that way. I am seeing $425, $450 model 10"s. Look at the way ammo is going up. I walked through a Wal-Mart yesterday, and their shelves are almost empty.
 

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Also don't forget.... there's simply more people in the market competing to buy non lock S&W's, and more join the ranks monthly.

I saw the same thing happen with coin prices when a whole slew of new collectors emerged due to the interest generated by the 50 State quarter program... collector coins price went nuts.

There's a lot of 50 something baby boomers with some extra funds that they can now use to indulge in buying what they couldn't when they were young, saving to buy a house and raising families. So they've (we've) been hitting the market and not just S&W prices have shown the effects.

I for one have to plead guilty of falling into the above catagory. Until about 5 years ago, I had the same number of S&W's as I had 30 years ago... not anymore.

And the "Obama premium" being slapped on them sure hasn't helped either.
 

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:shock: The prices that I am seeing on old classics are really a bit unbelieveable. :-o
 

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Jim, you aren't kidding! It's getting harder and harder for all of us to afford buying them..
 

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Seems all guns are becoming more expensive!
Actually, the 'new-vs-old' thing has nothing to do with the escalation of prices.
Simple supply-and-demand explains both new and old pricing.
New guns?...Higher manufacturing costs, including materials, utilities, wages, taxes, insurance, government regulations, etc.
It's surprising the new ones don't cost more than they do!
Old guns?...Fewer every year, especially in 'collector grade' condition, plus that old devil that says, "You gotta have what's hard to get."
Works just like the old car hobby.
Whenever something good goes out of production, somebody wants it. ;)
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You guy`s are right , its really getting crazy !!

Just like the old cars Don and Barrett / Jackson car auctions !! Although the auction that just passed in Arizona , there were some deals to be had !!

One thing I noticed was the lack of crowds !! Sign of the times I guess . :-o
 
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