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Old 03-20-2017, 05:10 AM
The_Watcher The_Watcher is offline
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Value Question on a Used possible purchase

Hello,

I have the line on a used Special Forces in black. Looking at pictures it seems pretty clean with no scratches or anything. Owner says 250 rounds fired- It is an older 4 digit serial number (9xxx) with dead night sights, ed brown magazine and blue rug. What would be a fair price for this pistol? I have the means to buy a new Executive Elite but am willing to save a little if the deal is right.

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:36 AM
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I could be off here but I would say 2250-2500. But imo if it's 2500+ I would just get a new one.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:37 AM
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I probably wouldn't go over $2,000. If going higher than that, I'd just get a new one. The newer models have machined smal parts, so they are arguably higher quality.

I forget what the serial number on my Special Forces was, but I sold it a little over a week ago. It was one of the models before the machined small parts. I think I got it around 2010. The Tritium front sight was still good. Not a scuff or scratch on the gun. Looked brand new. I was asking $2,000 for it. I let it go for $1,800. I wanted to sell it pretty quick and the cash was there. The one you're looking at already needs new sights. So you're going to have to put money into it after the purchase. So I wouldn't pay over $2,000.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:23 AM
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Location + how bad the seller needs cash + how bad YOU 'Fall in the "I WANT"'

Some people get the ' I wants' lol and have to have something right now.

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Brand new they are $2,695 from Brown. You can shave that number some by going through a dealer like Jerry Hammond. New sights are $100. The gun was built in 2011, not that old six years, but used.

If it's not $2,000 or less, I just buy a new one.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:42 PM
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The brown in question looks impeccable and is $1900.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:44 PM
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Brand new they are $2,695 from Brown. You can shave that number some by going through a dealer like Jerry Hammond. New sights are $100. The gun was built in 2011, not that old six years, but used.

If it's not $2,000 or less, I just buy a new one.

Thank you for your input- how do you know when the gun was manufactured? Is it through the serial number?
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:48 PM
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Thank you for your input- how do you know when the gun was manufactured? Is it through the serial number?
Yes it is through the serial number. Manufacturers have to report what they build each year to the government. Those records can be accessed.

$1,900 is a fair value. Personally if I were to change out the front sight, I'd send back the slide and go with a gold bead, and a 10-8 ledged rear.
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To me age shouldn't be that important. I have 30XX and 36XX Ed Brown pistols built in 2007. The 30XX was my first Ed Brown, a Classic Custom, and gets me my best groupings. They both feel and shoot as well as the one I received last year.

Quality stands the test of time.
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To me age shouldn't be that important. I have 30XX and 36XX Ed Brown pistols built in 2007. The 30XX was my first Ed Brown, a Classic Custom, and gets me my best groupings. They both feel and shoot as well as the one I received last year.

Quality stands the test of time.
+1. I have a 3 digit s/n all stainless Kobra....not sure of the age. One of these days I'll call Brown and find out. I bought it for $1600 at a gun show. It looks and shoots as new.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:18 PM
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I'd offer $1800. Its a buyers market
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:49 PM
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I bought a used Gen 3 Special Forces on Halloween 2015. Serial 2xxx. Unknown round count but in the condition you described. Mine had Vz grips, functioning night sights, 1 brand new EB magazine and 1 off brand used mag plus the blue case. I paid $1,800 and am well pleased. I sent it in to EB for a check up, new springs and an ambi safety. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:43 PM
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Browns don't depreciate like most other models. In fact I like their older models back when they were a smaller hands-on business that took their time on every gun.
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