What is the age and value of a 38 Colt Officer's Model target pistol serial 406805 N with a four inch barrel nickel plating ivory grips and engraving?
I would estimate it was made post WWII. The Sn range for 1943-1947 is 269000-50001. What it's worth depends on if it left the factory the way you describe it. I suggest you get it lettered by Colt. Go to their website for information on how to do this and price. You don't describe it in terms of Good, Very Good, Fine, Excellent or 90 95 percent, etc. Without that, there is no way to give a good estimate of worth, If it letters as factory nickel, ivory grips and engraving, you are looking at a price range of a thousand or so to multiple thousands, depedning on condition, accessories, box, manual. If it is not factory, and was done during the period, you could still be in the high hundreds to a few thousand or so. Again, it will depend on condition, etc.. If it was done say in the last 20-30 years, it will all depend on the condition of the plating, how good a job was done, who did the engraving, who did the ivory, etc.. In that case you would be in the couple of hundred to maybe a thousand or so price range.
Barrel plating usually used for singulated units. Current supplied to the units by means of "fingers"/tangler in the barrel. Rack plating usually used for matrix work piece. Workpiece need to be placed in the rack for plating. Both platings hv similar plating concept, but pysically the plating done differently.
This was a trade name made for Belknap Hardware, and from the list of makers (Crescent, H&R, Stevens) it's unlikely to be a high quality gun, but I could be wrong. The plating and engraving were probably not factory original. If this is a double barrel, the usual quote is $150-$250, and for a single shot, $35-$75.
A baseball bat having a barrel portion and a handle portion comprised of an aluminum alloy having on its surface a heat treated metallic alloy plating selected from the group consisting of nickel-phosphorus and nickel-boron, said metallic plating having been heat treated at a temperature sufficient to cause said plating to have a Vickers hardness in excess of about 550.
Barrel Length is the primary difference. The Government model has a 5.03 in (210mm) barrel, the commander a 4.25 in (108mm) barrel, and the officers a 3.5 in (89mm) barrel. The frames for the Government model and the commander are identical with the exception of the dust cover length. All of the internal parts for these models can be interchanged. The officers model rides on an abbreviated frame, holding 6 rounds in the magazine instead…
I'm fairly certain that you mean a 26" barrel.I know of no 36 " ones ever produced. I'll assume that the gold plating is on the receiver and not the barrel. If there is no medallion in the stock, it more than likely is a Centennial 66 Century of leadership....If new in box, unfired, the value is approx. $450-$500 est.