I had some free time this morning so I decided to stop at a couple of pawnshops and a favorite old gun shop. I’ve been hearing a lot of stories and reading posts (like the one from jspick) so I didn’t know what to expect. This was the first real chance I’ve had this year to go to some gun places and really look so I guess I wasn’t totally prepared for the new prices. It seems that all guns are now made of gold! I only saw a few Smith & Wesson revolvers and nothing was cheap. One of the pawnshops had a couple in average used condition, a 686 (4-inch) and a 629 Classic (6-inch full lug) priced at 699.00 and 999.00 respectively. The gun shop had a mid 1970s Model 17 in average used condition, certainly nothing special, you could see it had been used a lot (but taken care of). I don’t think it was worth the 899.00 they were asking. If this keeps up I might have to look for something else to collect. I understand that you can still find a good deal on a Hi-Point if you look hard enough!