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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?
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You should respect the sacred trust made when your father said "to hold onto for him" and gave it to you. Had he thought you would not follow through on that wish I'd bet he wouldn't have entrusted it to you. Should you sell it, once it's gone you'll never have the opportunity to hold it again.

I have 5 firearms from my father - one as a Christmas gift in 1964 (when I was 12)
and four which I inherited when he died 51 years ago...Two are German pistols he took from prisoners he captured and brought back after WWII, one is a 1952 shotgun and the other a 1889 Marlin lever-action.

I still have all of them and would never even contemplate selling even one.
 

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You should respect the sacred trust made when your father said "to hold onto for him" and gave it to you. Had he thought you would not follow through on that wish I'd bet he wouldn't have entrusted it to you. Should you sell it, once it's gone you'll never have the opportunity to hold it again.

I have 5 firearms from my father - one as a Christmas gift in 1964 and four which I inherited when he died 51 years ago...Two are German pistols he took from prisoners he captured and brought back after WWII, one is a 1952 shotgun and the other a 1889 Marlin lever-action.

I still have all of them and would never even contemplate selling even one.
Yeah, I get what you're saying, but I think you're misreading the situation. I have a .22lr he bought me when I was a kid, and I have the 2 shotguns he left me for my boys. The S&W was one he knew I didn't have a use for and the only reason he asked me to hold onto it was because he didn't have a safe to put it in during his move. His most treasured thing he left me was a custom pool cue left to him by his father, who was a professional player. That, and the shotguns and my .22lr, will never be gotten rid of as long as I'm alive. He wasn't a gun guy, or a hunter, but he knew I enjoyed it and would take my boys with the shotguns...the revolver was just something he picked up for nightstand use but never got around to taking to the range, which is the only reason I considered it as an option for moving.
 

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P229 is imo the best carry gun available. Legion just adds sweetener to the deal. if you don't have to do the trade, or think you could get more just selling your other guns, and buying the P229- you may put a WTB on here as I've heard about a P229 Legion RX, from a reliable SigTalker, that may be for sale soon on Marketplace.
 

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Bubba, that LGS is not only trying to screw you, but they ain't using any lube! :eek:
That gun in that condition is easily worth $1200-1500. Those smooth target stocks alone would sell for $300. No way in Hell should you trade that gun for anything. :mad:
I agree with those who say keep as a family heirloom. If not that, then just for the pride in owning it. But if you feel you must part with it, sell for cash to somebody who can appreciate it.
Personally, after that BS offer, I'd never go to that LGS again. :mad:

BTW: the .45 Colt is a wonderful cartridge. Extremely versatile. Can be loaded from powder puff to near magnum velocities with a wide range of bullets. Its one of my favorites. You should give it a try. ;)
 

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+1 on keeping that sweet revolver in 45LC. Separate from the sentimental, or lack of, value, it fills a nice niche in any collection. 229 Legions are now and will be for a long time plentiful new and used. Not the revolver. And you're not getting it's true value from the LG. Commit one of the 320 for imminent future sale to fund your 229 Legion and start saving for the next one that crosses your path.
 
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Yeah, I get what you're saying, but I think you're misreading the situation. I have a .22lr he bought me when I was a kid, and I have the 2 shotguns he left me for my boys. The S&W was one he knew I didn't have a use for and the only reason he asked me to hold onto it was because he didn't have a safe to put it in during his move. His most treasured thing he left me was a custom pool cue left to him by his father, who was a professional player. That, and the shotguns and my .22lr, will never be gotten rid of as long as I'm alive. He wasn't a gun guy, or a hunter, but he knew I enjoyed it and would take my boys with the shotguns...the revolver was just something he picked up for nightstand use but never got around to taking to the range, which is the only reason I considered it as an option for moving.
NONE of that matters, except in you rationalizing what you want to do.
I had no use for an 79 year-old Marlin lever-action in .32-20 made in 1892, or a C96 Broomhandle Mauser in 7.63×25mm made in 1908, or a 9mm Mauser-made 1943 Walther P38 (with Nazi markings), BUT I've kept all of them.

You're going to do whatever you want anyway despite any input from this board, so WHY waste our time asking your question in the first place?
Just be ready to live with your decision...and don't come back here whining if and when you have 'seller's remorse'.
 

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NONE of that matters, except in you rationalizing what you want to do.
I had no use for an 79 year-old Marlin lever-action in .32-20 made in 1992, or a C96 Broomhandle Mauser in 7.63×25mm made in 1908, or a 9mm Mauser-made 1943 Walther P38 (with Nazi markings), BUT I've kept all of them.

You're going to do whatever you want anyway despite any input from this board, so WHY waste our time asking your question in the first place?
Just be ready to live with your decision...and don't come back here whining if and when you have 'seller's remorse'.
I appreciate your perspective, as well as all others that have posted. I said from the start that I know it comes down to personal preference, but that I’m curious as to what the board would do. I like to look at all replies from both sides of the coin, even if I agree with them. I apologize if I offended or mislead in anyway.
 

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Treasure the rifles from Grandpa and Dad.
Those and others will be going to the grandsons one day. Included with list of to pass down, (They know I will haunt them 👻🙀😜 ) and those that they can make their own choice to keep or sell/trade.

Listing from Guns International, for reference/values.

 

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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?
I would check with the S&W Forum to see what the actual value is before considering a trade. Some One on there might offer You more..
 

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Slow everything down.

This is not the last P229 Legion so even if you miss this one there will be plenty more of them for sale or trade. There is nothing special about THIS particular P229, but maybe there is something special about that particular .45 LC.

When I get it in my head that I want a particular pistol I tend to get tunnel vision. Gotta have it, gotta have it soon, gotta have it now. So I tend to overpay a little. But that's ok, it's only money. A couple hundred dollars is one thing, but giving up something that might have sentimental value is another.

There is wisdom in The Book of Things, Chapter 14. Don't give up a possibly special gun to get another that isn't so special. Slow it down, don't be afraid to miss this P229. Maybe the LGS will be willing to work it another way. If not, walk away and keep hunting for the Legion.
 

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Even though I like to support my local dealers, I know better than to make a trade, or sell to them because they are in the business to MAKE money which means you get a LOT less.
As someone that has hunted with handguns for almost 50 years, if you handload, the 45 LC will put down anything a 44 magnum will
 
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