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Re: Chicago Police Trapdoor and Peking Krag
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 20 April 2017, at 3:25 p.m., in response to Re: Chicago Police Trapdoor and Peking Krag, posted by bycolorado on Thursday, 20 April 2017, at 2:57 p.m.
Whoa - this is not an exact science!
It is impossible to guess the absolute final value of any collectible in advance. The only way you can actually find the market value of YOUR gun is to expose it for sale. If you are never going to sell, you will never know.
The vast majority of SRS hits are very routine and quite non-specific. Had I not read the action report from General Chaffee, I'd have simply been the owner of a reblued (albeit "official") Krag carbine, and nothing more. Had I sold it at that point, I'd have - unwittingly and in blissful ignorance - given up several thousand dollars, but only on paper.
The CCP rifle will hopefully be identified/clarified someday, and should be of major interest to a person into Chicago history.
Having a unit affiliation for a rifle is way better than nothing, but, unless that unit did something monumental (whereby it can be fantasized that "it was THERE!!") the increase is likely to be modest, as in plus 10% or 20% - still worth the cost of the letter.
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