The quality of the new guns is exceptional. And they can be found for very good prices.I would not over-pay for an old one. All the major pistol smiths seem to be of the opinion that the new, NRM Series 70 guns are far better in terms of how they are made.
The old Series 70 guns were very spotty in terms of QC. Here's a dirty and quick thing I was taught by one of the best shops:
- If the serial number has the letter "G", it is good:
- if the serial number has the letter "B", it is bad.
Again, since you can now buy a better Series 70, no sense in over paying for an old one; in particular, one that is not 100% unfired in the box.