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LGS has model 1917 45acp 5 1/2" . listed as being in excellent condition but refinished. it would be about 750 out the door.
I haven't seen it yet, but seems pricey.
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I would have to see it, but it does seem a bit pricey for a refinished one.
Now, if it has a set of nice vintage stags or something interesting that price may not be too bad.
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It is either excellent or refinished, can’t be both. Refinished means 0% original finish. Excellent, means a whole lot more.

I would think if refinished it is a bit high. If excellent, a lot low.

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There are many variables that could contribute to the value. If the refinish is an arsenal job (parkerized), the value would be different than an aftermarket or factory re-blue. It could also be a Brazilian model which would affect the value. If you go to the "Notable Threads" index there is a lot of information on the model 1917. Good luck.
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I agree with Kevin for a reblued revolver.

However, if the refinish is not blue but is parkerization by the US military for WW2 issue, the revolver might bring close to their asking price to the right collector.

Pictures would help.
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I don’t recall the last time I saw a non-Brazilian 1917 for under $1K.

If I wanted a shooter I would have no problem whatsoever paying that price.
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I donít recall the last time I saw a non-Brazilian 1917 for under $1K.

If I wanted a shooter I would have no problem whatsoever paying that price.
I agree. If the OP's potential acquisition is refinished well, and in good mechanical condition with a good bore, it's easily worth the asking price as a shooter.

That said, perhaps there's some wiggle room in the number?
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Without a photo, how do we know if it's a military Model of 1917 or a Brazilian or civilian version?

pabicyclist: Is the revolver marked on the bottom of the grip frame where the lanyard is located? If military, is should say "US Army Model 1917" and a s/n. There should also be "United States Property" under the barrel and other military stamps (e.g. flaming bomb on upper left frame). Later Brazilian and civilian versions were stamped differently. Though reblued, if mechanically excellent and with original stocks in good condition, $750 would be a great price for a military version and a fair price for Brazilian/Civilian.
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I haven't seen a decent 1917, refinished or not, for $750 in a long time. If it is a nice looking gun, it's likely worth it,if it's something you want
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Here is a factory refinished 1917 that I purchased about a year ago for just slightly more than the revolver that the OP referenced. Without seeing a picture I would say it is somewhat overpriced if USGI and outrageously overpriced if a Brazilian.
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