I picked up a 27-2 a while back, a 5-inch like yours only mine is nickel. I won't say what I paid for it, but I can tell you that for some reason they are all over the map in prices. Like you the 5-inch M27 was also a grail gun for me. Over the last year or so I have been picking up all the guns on my list that I have wanted for some time. The reason, my wife and I are trying to start a family and buy a house. If that happens my gun money will be gone or at least cut down substantially. So I have decided silently that if I have to pay a bit more now than what others might pay, then so be it. I might not be able to get those guns in the near future, and when the time comes I will probably end up paying more due to the fact that the guns I want are drying up. So in the end, if it was a gun that you really wanted, and you paid what you think is more than what say another guy in a shop would have paid for it, then isn't it worth it? I have had on more than one occasion had a guy tell me i paid too much for a gun, but you know what, the guns I have I enjoy shooting. There is nothing more pleasurable for me than taking my Mountain Gun that I wanted for 10 years out to the range. There is nothing more that I like holding my .257 Roberts, a rifle that I had always wanted and my wife got me for Christmas two years ago, or my Smiths, my Ruger, and so on and so forth.