Seattle, Bellevue, or Phoenix address? I rate the Washington addressed guns ahead of Phoenix (Detonics II), but the Service Master is a pretty rare gun in any case. As a shooter, I wouldn't pay more than $700 for one, but if I was a collector, and wanted a pristine example, I would certainly consider paying $1000 or more for a "new" one.
There was a Detonics website up a couple of years ago, and I think there was even something about the guns being made in a plant in Montana or Colorado, but I haven't heard anything about it in a while.
The New Detonics Corporation, ceased operating in the spring of 1992 and all assets were sold at auction in Phoenix, AZ.
At one time an Ex-Detonics employee stole a Detonics imprinting plate and stamped out some fake Detoincs pistols using ODI/Viking frames. Courtesy Tony Rumore
At one time they ran out of Detonics shipping boxes so they took the .451 Conversion kits out of their own boxes and shipped complete pistols in them. The "1" on the boxes was carefully painted out as well as the "Conversion" part. Courtesy Tony Rumore
At one point they made up a pile of 9mm Combatmasters but they did not sell well, so after collecting dust for several years, they yanked the top ends off of them and converted them back to 45's. Courtesy Tony Rumore
A little known movie fact from Terminator II - Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) used a modified Detonics in the scene directly after she emptied her M16 into Miles Dyson's (Joe Morton) house. The gun was a Scoremaster frame with a Combatmaster slide and a comp'd barrel to make it look like a longslide. A former Detonics employee confirmed that the pistol was built years earlier but to everbody's knowledge was never used in a movie until years later when it came out in T2. Courtesy Tony Rumore
Yep. It is my understanding that the Detonics partners, with the approval of the creditor who holds the name and manufacturing rights, had been working toward a restart with a specific third party, but that deal fell through last April. I have read that the partnership is under a three-year agreement giving the third party the right to explore recommercialization options. That was last October. No word since then. Was just wondering.