Need some thoughts from the pool on maybe picking up a P229 Legion...but with a trade option twist.
So I have an old (ish) '79 model 1955 S&W chambered from the factory in 45LC with a 6.5" barrel and target grips. Very light use- maybe 150-200 rounds total in its lifetime. After about 5 years of ownership, I don't ever shoot it- I received it from my dad, who never shot it but passed away about a year after he gave it to me "to hold onto for him"...he got it from the original owner, who hadn't fired it since 1980. I have other items from my dad- he was never really a gun guy but he did leave me this along with a couple of shotguns for my boys. He never fired any of them, and never really told me about them until he brought them over one day about a year before he passed.
I was never really into the 45LC unless it was a SAA or clone. The N frame, though beautiful in blued steel with walnut target grips, to me really shines in a 44mag, but otherwise I'm not attached to it and because my dad owned it for a very short time and never put rounds through it. I have no "memories" or sentimental value tied to it. It does, however, tie up space in the safe.
My LGS is interested in it- they know I'm interested in a P229 Legion and they offered to take it in on a partial trade. I'd be about $400+tax shy of even, though, and would either need to add cash or maybe offer them a second pistol in the form of a P320 Carry (non-X version) if they would take that. I have two P320 setups, so I wouldn't miss one of them if I needed to move it. That said, I also have a Mk25 with the SRT kit, so there wouldn't be a "ton" of difference between that and the 229 Legion aside from slide length and aesthetics. I carry a 365 in the summer and a 320 in the fall/winter, and sometimes will take the Mk25 off of house duty and carry it if I'm wearing heavier clothing/jackets.
If you're still with me after that novel, what would you do? Trade both the S&W and P320 for the 229 Legion? Trade one but not the other and make up the difference with cash? Skip the 229 altogether and just carry the 320 or the Mk25 in the fall/winter and find ways to start using the S&W?
I know, I know- it all comes down to personal preference and what speaks to me. But I'm curious- what would you do?