Dateline: November 27th, 2009. Approximately 11:00am.
Location: T's house.
Phone rings."Yo T! It's G. What's going on buddy?"
T: "Nothin'. Just watching National Geographic. What's up brother?"
G: "Well, I was at work last night and one of the old women that lives in the tower came down and dropped off a bag at my security desk. Had a couple revolvers in it."
G: "Yeah. She found them in her closet. I guess they belonged to her husband. He died six or so years ago. Anyway, she said she wanted them out of there and told me to see what I could get for them."
T: "Nice. What are they?"
G: "Well, they're both snub-nosed. One says 'Charter Arms Undercover'. The other's a Smith & Wesson, but I don't know what model. It's blued and has a small grip."
T: "Hmmm. Small, eh? J-frame probably."
G: "Yeah. I thought I'd give you a call and see if you know anything that could help me price them and sell them."
T: "Are you thinking on buying them?"
G: "Mmmm. I dunno. Wasn't really thinking I would. Figured they'd go to a pawn shop. How much you think they're worth?"
T: "Ahhhh... well, I don't have a current price guide, but assuming they're in good condition my guess would be that the Undercover goes for about $125 or so. The Smith, probably $300 to $350. But at a pawn shop isn't going to give you that. You'll probably be lucky to get $100 for both."
G: "Huh. Well, you know anyone who'd want them?"
T: "Of course I do. Me."<laughs>
G: "Alright. Let's meet up and you can check them out."
Dateline: Same day. Approximately 3pm.
Location: G's house.
G: "So here they are. I was thinking, maybe I would like one of them. I kind of like the Undercover."
T: "Let's have a look."
Opens bag and removes two snub-nosed revolvers, both in leather holsters. Both are unloaded. Assorted loose .38 S&W rounds and one full box of Magtech .38 ammo are also in the bag.
The first, a Charter Arms Undercover, is in very good condition. The cylinder locks up tight and the flash-gap is nearly invisible. There are extremely minor and incomplete turn lines. The grips are in good shaped with no scratches. The accompanying leather holster is marked "Hunter" and fits like a glove.
The second is revealed to be a Smith & Wesson Model 49 Bodyguard. It as well is in very good condition. The cylinder locks up tight and the flash-gap is razor thin when held up to the light. It's a pre-1982 model as evidenced by the pinned barrel. There are faint and incomplete turn lines. The grips are in good shape with no scratches and both sides still have the S&W medallions. The accompanying leather holster is marked "Handmade by Viking" and is loose, obviously made for a larger revolver, likely a K frame.
T: "These are nice." <thinks a moment> "What's this woman's deal? Was her husband a cop or something?"
G: "I dunno. She's just this rich old lady that lives up near the penthouse. She was clearing out the closet and found 'em. Said they belonged to her late husband. Her son didn't want them and she just wants them gone."
T: <sigh... more thinking> "Hmmm. Alright. How about this? You said you wanted the Undercover?"
T: "Ok. Tell her I'll give her $300 for both. Then I'll sell the Undercover to you for $75. That's a pretty good deal for all of us. She's not getting screwed, but we're still getting a good deal too."
G: "Let me call her."
G dials up the old lady.
G: "Hello. Miss Xxxxx? This is Gxxxxx Cxxxx, the building security officer you gave the pistols too? I have a guy here who will give you $300 for both of them. He said that..." ... "Ok." ... "Yes ma'am. I'll tell him. I'll see you Sunday evening. Thank you Miss Xxxxxx." <hangs up phone> "She said take it. Didn't even let me finish talking."
T: "Cool. Let's hit the ATM. Beers and wings on me after."
So I picked up a new gun Friday evening. According to the Standard Catalog, I wasn't far off from the date of manufacture. The serial number reveals it was made in 1979/80, two years before the pinned barrel was discontinued.
I just love J-frames!
This is the Charter Arms Undercover that G took...(Phone camera picture)