My local pawn has one for $399, and I can probably get it out the door for $360-$375. It is in good shape considering it's age, and I really like the hammer/trigger on it and the gun's overall balance.
The only part that looks beat up at all is the base pin. The barrel is marked "Made in West Germany, J.P. Sauer & Son, Hawes Los Angeles," etc.
I know these were very popular while Colt was catching up on the SAA craze of 1950's Hollywood, and they have a reputation for being built like a tank. Any suggestions on what to look for in the way of wear, and what about the price you'd be willing to pay for one? What years were these made in .44 mag?
The bluing is good except around grip (to be expected). It felt light and at first and I thought maybe it was part aluminum like the Blackhawks, but I'm guessing it must be all steel? Maybe it's just the fine balance that made it feel light. Grips are smooth walnut (w/ a minor chip).
The thing I least liked about it was the crude front sight. The shape and width, and how it appears mounted, just isn't 1800's, but I could probably get over that. Rear sight is traditional fixed.
Well, any thoughts or fond memories of one of these beasts of the new west would be appreciated. Thanks.