Difference in Value of 6" GP100 SS with Half Lug and Full Lug?
This is a discussion on Difference in Value of 6" GP100 SS with Half Lug and Full Lug? within the Collectors forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Was talking with a friend from another forum about my GP100, it is the SS Half Lug 6". He said it was worth more than ...
I just traded my KGP160 (SS/6"/half lug). I bought it about 4 years ago for $275, and got $300 for it on trade towards a Redhawk 357. I'm not sure how much it's actually worth, but the fact i got more for it than what i paid, i was happy.
I'm guessing that the shop will resell it for $400-$450. Used SS 6" Full lugs at that shop are going for about $400.
There's very little "collector interest" in Ruger DA revolvers so you don't see any premiums for partial shroud (half lug) vs full shroud. In fact, most shooters prefer the balance of a full shroud and that's why Ruger discontinued the partial shroud models. Unfortunately, Fjestad Blue Book of Gun Values makes no price differential between the two.
Fjestad's lists three different value ranges for GP-100s ... blued models, stainless models, and high gloss stainless models, with all barrel lengths the same value. Oddly enough, Fjestad's values the very scarce high gloss stainless models (fewer than 500 made in 4" and fewer than 600 in 6") less than the regular stainless models. They also state the high gloss were made in 3" and 4" which is incorrect. Ruger never made a 3" but did make 6". They also got the year of manufacture wrong (1996 instead of 1995).
Point is .... Fjestad's may be the authority for gun values but it's not all it's cracked up to be. You may be able to squeeze 50 more bucks out of a partial shroud model if someone wants it bad enough.
As you might expect, the minute Ruger discontinued the "short shroud" models, some of the more enthusiastic collectors began to make a big deal about how "rare and collectible" the earlier guns would now become.