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Picked this pistol up about 1 1/2 years ago, bought it private party, located via a gun website, pretty sure it was GunsAmerica.com. The seller happened to be local so I had the luxury of meeting him at a range and seeing the gun before making my decision. Bluing is pristine, pictures don't do it justice. Came with original soft zipper case, and 3 Browning magazines. Gun shoots great, no jams on the two occasions I took it to the range. Paid $1150. Fair price?

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That is definitely a nice one! I can't really speak to the price except that my T series was less than that with an original rug as well but I can't tell from the pics if mine is as nice as yours.

Market rates, Gunbroker, Guns America, etc drive values. As you mentioned, you were able to see it in person before purchasing which is always a plus.

Some of the more experienced folks will chime in soon. Again, beautiful BHP, congratulations!
 

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That is definitely a nice one! I can't really speak to the price except that T series was less than that with an original rug as well but I can't tell from the pics if mine is as nice as yours.

Market rates, Gunbroker, Guns America, etc drive values. As you mentioned, you were able to see it in person before purchasing which is always a plus.

Some of the more experienced folks will chime in soon. Again, beautiful BHP, congratulations!
Thanks, I'm gonna have to take better pics, I think natural lighting is what's needed to display the gun properly. I'll take them asap and add them to the thread.
 

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Really nice. I'm currently shopping for a nice "T-Series". From what I'm finding, your purchase price was right in the ball-park :)
 

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Use the '..ADVANCED SEARCH..' function of GunBroker.com for '..COMPLETED SALES..' for '..Browning Hi Power T..' to get some idea of the relative condition and recent re-sale prices.

A 1½ years ago (when the market for the 'T' series was '..hotter..') $1,150 for a '69 'T' series in that condition, was a really good price....if the pistol came with the original black leatherette/red-flannel gun rug and an owners manual as part ot the '..package..' then your 'deal' would be even better.
 

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Use the '..ADVANCED SEARCH..' function of GunBroker.com for '..COMPLETED SALES..' for '..Browning Hi Power T..' to get some idea of the relative condition and recent re-sale prices.

A 1½ years ago (when the market for the 'T' series was '..hotter..') $1,150 for a '69 'T' series in that condition, was a really good price....if the pistol came with the original black leatherette/red-flannel gun rug and an owners manual as part ot the '..package..' then your 'deal' would be even better.
Got the original red leatherette, but did not receive owner's manual, unfortunately he didn't have it.
 

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From what I can see of your "New T", I would say that you did not get hurt, nor did you make a smokin' deal.........just about correct for what you received. I own a 69C, and the C and T BHP are wonderful shooters. Enjoy!!
 

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From what I can see of your "New T", I would say that you did not get hurt, nor did you make a smokin' deal.........just about correct for what you received. I own a 69C, and the C and T BHP are wonderful shooters. Enjoy!!
Exactly what I thought, never felt like I "stole it" always felt I paid fair market value. Thanks.
 

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... Gun shoots great, no jams on the two occasions I took it to the range. Paid $1150. Fair price?
Beautiful pistol. In CA it would be much higher.

If it is mint the older High Powers prefer the Remington 115 grain JHP (#R9MM1) it feeds with 100% reliability.
 

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Beautiful pistol. In CA it would be much higher.

If it is mint the older High Powers prefer the Remington 115 grain JHP (#R9MM1) it feeds with 100% reliability.
Appreciate the compliment and the ammo tip.
 

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Picked this pistol up about 1 1/2 years ago, bought it private party, located via a gun website, pretty sure it was GunsAmerica.com. The seller happened to be local so I had the luxury of meeting him at a range and seeing the gun before making my decision. Bluing is pristine, pictures don't do it justice. Came with original soft zipper case, and 3 Browning magazines. Gun shoots great, no jams on the two occasions I took it to the range. Paid $1150. Fair price?

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Update: "Black Beauty" switched out to Navidrex grips! Thanks Burgs for the lead!
 

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I also picked up a T series a couple of years ago & love it.
Those small sights left a lot to be desired for my aging eyes but would you dare send it off & get the front dovetailed for new sights?
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I don't think you got a steal, nor were you cheated either... I'd say that is about market in my area at least...

You certainly have a very nice example of the 1969 "T" series guns that looks about un-fired...

Mine is a late 1969 gun that belonged to TV actor Richard Boone of "Have Gun Will Travel" fame.

FWIW

Chuck
 

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I also picked up a T series a couple of years ago & love it.
Those small sights left a lot to be desired for my aging eyes but would you dare send it off & get the front dovetailed for new sights?
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Interesting you ask... I was just thinking about that today because I was reading a thread on the forum about night sights and the answer is a definitive no.

I would never alter a classic pistol as beautiful as this one for an efficiency upgrade. Heck, most of my pistols are safe queens and they don't see a lot of range time or carry/holster time. I just enjoy the hell out of owning them.

But I was thinking that my next two purchases are going to be a used blue 1911 with noticeable wear, and a used blue BHP with noticeable wear, so I can fully enjoy them, carry them and not worry one iota about their exterior appearance and instead concentrate on superior functionality and daily carry.
 

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I don't think you got a steal, nor were you cheated either... I'd say that is about market in my area at least...

You certainly have a very nice example of the 1969 "T" series guns that looks about un-fired...

Mine is a late 1969 gun that belonged to TV actor Richard Boone of "Have Gun Will Travel" fame.

FWIW

Chuck
Yes, I agree, I think I got what I paid for, no more, no less...that's what I was hoping to affirm via this thread and that seems to be the consensus.
 

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S&W SIghts

Inspired by friend Burgs lovely HPs, I have decided to have a S&W adjustable rear sight installed on a HP.

Rooting through my parts department today I discovered I still have a quantity of S&W "N" frame rear sight assemblies on hand, so it seemed having one installed would be fairly straight forward.

So, my question to this vast assemblage of knowledge is this: Who would y'all suggest to install the sights? Someone in Florida would be nice, but that isn't a requirement...

Thanks in advance...

V/r

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Interesting you ask... I was just thinking about that today because I was reading a thread on the forum about night sights and the answer is a definitive no.

I would never alter a classic pistol as beautiful as this one for an efficiency upgrade. Heck, most of my pistols are safe queens and they don't see a lot of range time or carry/holster time. I just enjoy the hell out of owning them.
I own a well worn 69C, and it is The One that has accompanied me for the last 40+ years, whether carrying or going to the range. As age has beaten up on eyesight, I am about on the verge of sending it off for new sights. I realize this means some changes, but while I have really cared for it all that time and it still looks remarkably good, it's a worthwhile change to keep the appreciation level high. The safe queens will still be out there.

For what it's worth, neither the Inglis nor the 69C have had a problem digesting hollowpoints, including the original Sierra 90 grain flying ashtrays from back in the '70s. I don't touch firearms with Dremels, and there are no altered feedramps here. However, I appreciate that all guns are unique to themselves, and I don't doubt others saying they have had problems with HPs.

I have settled on the Federal 147 grain HST since my move back to the 9mm from the 40 S&W platform, and I'm really happy with it. On the light end of the scale, the Barnes 115 gr Tac-XP loaded by either Barnes or Black Hills apparently performs just as well as the heavier bullet weights, and they are one of the 9mm loads that gets the thumbs up for police service use.

There was a review on this load in one of the law enforcement publications a few years ago, a large police force who chose the Black Hills loading in conjunction with Dr. Gary Roberts, and apparently, its' performance so far in OISs has been extremely good. Including through intermediate barriers like auto glass, drywall, etc.

Nice load for the minimalist little pistols like the S&W Shield, and shoots much lighter through a HP.
 
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