Value of SS Blackhawk 45 Colt Convertible 7-1/2" bbl??

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mtnwinds

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I was at a gun show last week and looked at a SS Blackhawk 45 Colt 71/2" bbl with an $800 price tag on it. I asked why it was so high & the response was 'that's what the book says it's worth."

Can anyone help me out with the real value of the gun? It's a yellow box, probably made in early to mid '90s. I haven't been able to find anything special about it but I also don't have a current Blue Book. TIA.
 

flatgate

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Caliber: .45 Colt
Barrel Length: 7 1/2"
Grip: Rosewood
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Suggested Retail Price: $ 642.00

This is right off of Ruger's web site and it's the info for the KBN-45, a 7-1/2 inch stainless .45. Dealer prices are 24% less.

Older examples, unless a real rare collector's item, should be significantly discounted.

JMHO,

flatgate
 

mtnwinds

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flatgate, I saw that on Ruger's website before I posted and that's why I was wondering if anyone knew what feature might make it worth a premium.

Who knows, the guy probably simply doesn't know what he's doing and it's a plain jane revolver
 

EDK

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Would everyone who has been to a gun show looking for a particular gun and found a plus or minus of $100 or more on a gun with a retail of $600 (or less!) in at least half of the dealers trying to sell one PLEASE HOLD UP YOUR HAND. Like $500 to $600 to $700 for the same gun.

When you ask the guy at the high end "WHY" you either get a line of BS or "we can deal a little." One local shop wants to go "blue book minus 15%" on what you trade in....what he wants you to pay is just a little bit more! (He's also high on powder and primers.) That is the place I go into to look; you pay his price only if it is unavailable elsewhere. We both recognize the situation as it is. BUT he will occasionally "work you a deal" on something that has set in his display rack for awhile when you discuss "yankee dollars."

Put the dealer you mentioned on your "dealer of last resort" list. He's either a fool or thinks you are; either way, avoid him. "An informed consumer is not his best customer." I really dislike people who smile in my face and try to screw me...and making the purchases elsewhere is the best way to hurt him!
 

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mtnwinds

I would venture to say that this is a reasonable price. I dont know the exact quantity produced, but I do know that this is a rare variation and one that you do not see often.

Dont know if you are much of a collector, but if you are pursuing a shooter and the acp cylinder is of no importance to you, definately look for another stainless 7.5 45 either new or used and save the money.

It sounds to me like the dealer knew what he had and was asking a fair price. He should have pointed out to you right there that it was a rare stainless convertable though!

Let me know what happens!

Ron
 

bigbore45colt

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Yes, a convertible stainless 45 Blackhawk is a very rare bird, something like 300-350 of them made (if the one you were looking at lettered as a convertible).

Probably not too far off what it's worth. Maybe a tad high, but not by much ($50-$75).

Just my $0.02.

BB45C
 

mtnwinds

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Thanks trapperon & bigbore45colt. I'm going to look at it again today & If it's legitimate I'll pick it up and post some pictures.
 

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So help me out and I apologize for piggy backing....I have a new in the box complete with shipping slip cover a KBN 45 X serial number 47-507xx 45 colt/45 acp. Am I to understand they only made 300 or so and the value is approaching 700.00?
Thanks Charlie
 

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I go though all the trouble to look it up on Ruger's web site and report back and it's a doggone convertible?

Why didn't you say that in the first place?

flatgate
 

bisleyfan41

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flatgate":2gxbhuqq said:
I go though all the trouble to look it up on Ruger's web site and report back and it's a doggone convertible?

Why didn't you say that in the first place?

flatgate

Says convertible right in the post's title line.


BTW mtnwinds, if you haven't done so already, go buy it NOW at that price!!
 

bigbore45colt

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Gary - you did just fine. Nice find, those are hard to come across. I've only ever come across one myself (along with a convertible SS 4 5/8 and 5.5).

BB45C
 

Gary in HSV

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I know these are rare but I don't completely understand . Is it the " barrel length SS With two cyls" or is it that it is just " SS with two cyls " in 45


Also could someone please tell me what is " RENE "?
 
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