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S&W Model 17/Model 18 .22 Revolver

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More of an opinion question than an actual appraisal request. Just read the most recent Combat Handguns and Nick Sisley (I know, I know, the guy can shoot but he ain't the brightest bulb in the chandelier) has an article about buying a used S&W .22 revolver. He mentions the Blue Book values and they're SO out of whack with current prices on Gunbroker, SCS, etc...just wondering what people think is a decent price point to look for a Model 17 or Model 18 in today's market? I've seen anything from mid $400s to over $1000, so I'm mainly looking for a better-than-average condition gun in the $600 area, unless somebody has better info. Thanks for any help/opinions/arguments/insights/personal experiences!
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I've always told myself (when buying or selling S&W rimfire wheelguns) that they are worth exactly what
someone will pay for them. If you want the box, tools and a pristine example you'll pay a mint.

If you want a shooter grade 17 you'll be into it for between $450-$550.
I would check the S&W collectors forum, Gunbroker and Auction arms for examples of what shooter grade 17's are
selling for.
Big price difference between the mdl 17 & 18. The 18 came with a 4" bbl, the 17 only 6".
Many more 17's on the market than there are 18's and the latter will command a higher price.

(Edit to add: the 17 did come in a 4" bbl for a couple years in the mid 80's but they are really hard to find. (17-5)
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