Blue Book of Gun Values

Written by S P Fjestad, and published annually since 1979. The current edition (the 25th Anniversary Edition, 2004) is 1,864 pages of detailed information on a huge range of guns, their history and current values.

It relates value to a range of condition percentages, based on the "Blue Book Photo Percentage Grading System (TM)". This system expands considerably on the NRA classifications described elsewhere on this site, resulting up to 12 different grades and corresponding values (from 10% to 100% condition). For comparison purposes, in our table below, we have used just two of these - 30% (approx NRA "fair"; and 80% (approx. NRA "fine"). To supplement the system they also provide a number of very clear images of actual guns to compare each against for each grade.

Click here to view the full details of the "Blue Book Photo Percentage Grading System (TM)" at their own site. We highly recommend you study the images provided, to gain a good insight into the best interpretation of NRA grads such as "Fine" or "Fair" - but don't forget to come back here!

Comparison of Serial Number Information
(Largely similar to R L Wilson's data)
Year
Blue Book
Jordan & Watts
Baby Dragoon
Pocket '49
London
Baby Dragoon
Pocket '49
London
From
From
From
From
From
From
1847
 
 
 
1
 
 
1848
 
 
 
250
 
 
1849
1
 
 
5000
 
 
1850
12000
12000
 
10000 - 16000
12000
 
1851
 
16000
 
 
16000
 
1852
 
25000
 
 
25000
 
1853
 
55000
1
 
55000
1
1854
 
85000
1000
 
85000
1000
1855
 
100000
5000
 
100000
5000
1856
 
110000
9000 - 11000
 
110000
10000 - 10984
1857
 
130000
 
 
130000
 
1858
 
140000
 
 
140000
 
1859
 
150000
 
 
160000
 
1860
 
160000
 
 
185000
 
1861
 
184000
 
 
205000
 
1862
 
197000
 
 
210000
 
1863
 
223000
 
 
223000
 
1864
 
250000
 
 
250000
 
1865
 
270000
 
 
270000
 
1866
 
280000
 
 
280000
 
1867
 
290000
 
 
290000
 
1868
 
300000
 
 
300000
 
1869
 
310000
 
 
310000
 
1870
 
320000
 
 
320000
 
1871
 
325000
 
 
325000
 
1872
 
330000
 
 
33000
 
1873
 
331000 - 340000
 
 
331000 - 332993
 

 

Gun Value Comparisons
Blue Book
This Site
Type
Description
Prices
Historic Values Page(2)
"Shumate" Appraisal Grid
30%(1)
80%(1)
Fair
Fine
Fair
Fine
1848 Baby Dragoons    
Type I Rammerless Baby Dragoon with Indian Fight cylinder scene, left-hand address, ser# 1-150
$5,250
$10,250
$3,643
$9,533
N/A
N/A
Type II As above, with right-hand address, ser# 11600 +
$3,000
$7,375
Type III As above, with Stage Coach cylinder scene, oval cylinder slots, ser# 10400 - 12000
$2,800
$7,075
Type IV As above, with rectangular cylinder stop slots , ser# 11000 - 12500
$3,250
$7,250
Type V Baby Dragoon with Rammer , ser# 11600 - 15500
$2,850
$7,075
$2,450
$8,500
1849 Pocket Model    
First Type Pocket '49, brass trigger guard
$600
$2,125
$912
$2,726
$600
$1,300
Second Type Pocket '49, "steel" trigger guard
$700
$2,550
Wells Fargo 3" barrel, no loading lever (rammer), small round trigger guard
$1,525
$5,565
$3,000
$3,033
N/A
N/A
1849 London Pocket Model            
Early Type London made Pocket 49s - ser# below 1500, small trigger guard, brass grip straps
$1,150
$3,800
$685
$2,070
$950
$1,650
Late Type London made Pocket 49s - later serial numbers, oval trigger guard, "steel" grip straps
$825
$2,350
Notes:
1
"30%" = approximately NRA 2 ("Fair"); "80%" = approximately NRA 5 ("Fine")
2
It is important to remember that these values come from a relatively small sample size - although they are recent, actual prices

Blue Book values provided courtesy of S. P. Fjestad, Author & Publisher, Blue Book Publications Inc.