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MEATSAW
December 23, 2009, 04:01 PM
Ok guys I have a Model 1877 Colt Thunderer in .41 Cal, double action, with a 4.5" barrel. It's in pretty bad shape, I am not sure it will fire. There is rust on the trigger guard, and the cylinder is pitted. I would say that the condition would be right around 50% or so. It has the birdshead grip, which are the original Colt hard rubber. The serial # is 107948. I am not sure of the actual year of manufacture.

If anyone could give me any information, and the value of this gun it would be greatly appreciated.

Scorch
December 23, 2009, 07:16 PM
It's in pretty bad shape, I am not sure it will fire. There is rust on the trigger guard, and the cylinder is pitted. I would say that the condition would be right around 50% or so.
From the NRA Grading StandardPOOR: Major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collector's firearm.
From the Supica grading system
FINE: This condition rating applies primarily to older and antique guns. All original parts and configuration, or possibly a very minor alteration from original configuration that was made during the period of use (fancy grips added, sight configuration changed slightly, etc.). Sharp markings, only minor grip blemishes, good bore. Minor replaced parts may be acceptable on antique guns, but will effect value. Also, at least the following percentage of original finish by production era & type of finish:

TIME ERA BLUED GUNS NICKEL GUNS
1920-1945 90% 95%
1890-1920 70% 80%
1865-1890 50% 70%
pre 1865 30% 50%

So which is it? I would recommend taking it to someone who knows something about old Colts and put it in his hand and let him tell you what it's worth.