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Anybody got a gun value book on hand? I need a value of a Colt Police Positive .38spl in good to excellant condition. I was told it is in the 1934 serial number range. Any help is appreciated. I am going to buy one of those books this week, I seem to need one all the time.
 

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I have the 2010 Standard Catalog of Firearms and states: The Police Positive was manufactured between 1905-1947 and was the same as the New Police but with the addition of the positive lock and two chamberings .38 New Police and .38 S&W. Estimated value:
Exc. $550, V.G. $375, Good $250, Fair $200, Poor $150

I have the New Police model manufactured in 1907 .32 cal in VG/Exc condition purchased in May for $350, The Police Positive is, IMO, a more collectible though and should demand a better $$
 

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My book is the Blue Book of Gun Values (21st edition). It says that if your gun is chambered in .38 special, it would have to be either a "Police Positive Special (first issue)" or "Police Positive Special (second issue)". It says if the last patent date on the top of the barrel is 1905, you have the "first issue" and if the last patent date on top of the barrel is 1926, you have the "second issue." "First issue" built between 1907-1927, and "second issue" built 1928-1946. Top strap smooth on "first issue" and serrated on "second issue."

This is all book knowledge by the way. I really don't know anything about these pistols personally. Just reading out of the book. HTH.
 

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mine is a new blue book and the prices are
100%= $800
98%=$650
95%=$550
90%=$350
80%=$275
70%=$250
60%=$225
50%=$205
40%=$185
30%=$170
20%=$160
10%=$150

You can find the books at Barnes&Nobles
 

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Thanks for all the info! When I get time, I need to pick up a blue book. I thought about getting a letter of authenticity from Colt. It's a pretty nice pistol, still tight. Only a little blue loss on the end of the barrel. I checked the serial numbers on a website and it seems it was produced in 1934.
 

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roadmaster said:
Thanks for all the info! When I get time, I need to pick up a blue book. I thought about getting a letter of authenticity from Colt. It's a pretty nice pistol, still tight. Only a little blue loss on the end of the barrel. I checked the serial numbers on a website and it seems it was produced in 1934.

I would call Colt and get your called transfered to the archives department and they can tell you everything about if for a fee they can tell you where it was first shipped I believe who its first owner was if it was sent to the person buying. I am going to get my ww1/ww2 Colt background checked and they said they could tell my exactly where they went during the time and how many were shipped with it and who it was issued to. They told me it would be 100 bucks which isnt bad because having something like that increases the value of your gun tremendously.
 
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