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I just purchased a Colt 12 gauge side by side. Just was

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I just purchased a Colt 12 gauge side by side. Just was looking for a little more info. Year it was made, approximately what it’s worth. Serial number 8939

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Not that I know of. The hammer on the right side doesn’t reach the firing pin, looks like the left will fire

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The information you provided was used to properly identify the information below. Here is the information you requested about your Firearm taken from www.bluebookofgunvalues.com....

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Manufacturer/Trademark – Colt

Model/configuration – Model 1878 Hammer shotgun

Serial number - 8939

Year of manufacture - 1881

Estimated Value Range –see below (Values are for fully functional firearms. It sounds like yours is in need of a minor repair. Some of these guns came with some additional special order features that could increase the value.) You may want to consider getting a letter from Colt to see what features the gun had when leaving the factory - https://www.colt.com/page/archive-services

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For your firearm, the following current values apply (from the Blue Book of Gun Values). Retail prices may be 20% higher. Percentages are based on the amount of original finish on the gun, and its operational ability..

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New in box/perfect --100% condition - $4,800

Mint condition --------98% condition - $4,300

Excellent condition -- 95% condition - $3,850

Very Good+ condition -- 90% condition- $3,500

Very Good condition ------ 80% condition - $3,000

Good+ condition ------------70% condition - $2,600

Good condition--------------60% condition - $2,300

Less than good - $825 to $1,975

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This Firearm appraisal is a value estimate on the appraised firearm for the date of the appraisal. The value quoted is a real world market value (also known as a private party value) and is the amount you should expect to pay for the firearm. This is not an appraisal for retail or wholesale purposes.The information and values in this appraisal are compiled from a variety of sources including the current editions of the Blue Book of Gun Values , my internal reference library, my network of Firearms experts across the United States, firearms auctions, and through various online sites.The values in this appraisal are based on recent sales of comparable and similar firearms taking into account the rarity, desirability, and overall original condition of the firearm. In the case that a comparable sale is not readily available, the value is based on a projected amount that the firearm would be expected to sell for.All information compiled in this firearm evaluation using the Blue Book of Gun Values online database and Photo Percentage Grading System is copyrighted 2018 by Blue Book Publications, Inc. and may not be used for any other purpose without written permission from the publisher. Any unauthorized usage of the Photo Percentage Grading System for the evaluation of firearms values and color photo percentage breakdown is also expressly forbidden by the publisher.

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