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Offline Keith H.

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Afraid to shoot it
« on: March 27, 2022, 10:36:59 PM »
Before I start, just want to say this is my first post. I came here looking for help mostly, but looks like I'll stick around because it looks good here.
As to the headline, yes, it's true, but not for the reason one may think. The reason for the fear of shooting it lies in the serial number.
It's a Uberti Bisley in .357
I bought this one straight off the shelf brand new in box. Never fired.
I understand date codes, so that I have no problem with, however, I do not know what the first two letters in the serial means.
I was looking forward to getting this home and shooting it. I must add that this was a few years ago, and I'm always a lil busy doing this and that, so it has only now come to my mind to put this question to rest. Well, as I said, the day it came home with me, I was looking forward the next day to getting the feel of her out in the pasture with some handloads. That night however, as I'm fondling her and admiring her curves, I notice the serial.
That is when I became a lil happy and sad all at the same time.
I decided to put her back in the plastic wrap in the box and stow her away until time permitted for me to look into this.
As you can see by now, I'm very slow at getting to things, so it has been all this time and I'm just now making an attempt to find the answer.
I will try to post pics if anyone needs them.
So, here it is: The serial is UE0001
So, I know it says 0001....but....I know as well that I can't be that lucky to have the first Uberti Bisley, so what do the letters mean?
I'm just assuming the letters mean that it's just the run for that year, or some other something.
Should I consider it shootable, or resign it to the vault?
The date code is CS...2017
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2022, 11:57:10 PM »
Howdy Keith and Welcome.  A Wild guess might be that Uberti got up to UD9999 and then started over at UE0001.  An email to Uberti might tell you; I've heard they do get back to people sometimes.  Anyways, Uberti has been making Bisleys for well over 20 years so I'm not sure what you have but it is still cool to have it.  But I don't think it will add to the value, so shoot it!  My opinion, of course.  :)

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2022, 12:40:19 AM »
Thanks Abilene!
I never even thought about it being A, B, C, and so on for every turnover....with the U being Uberti. This makes perfect sense.
Now I won't feel so bad about letting her have a go at some peach cans....  ;D
Thanks again!!

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2022, 08:21:37 AM »

 :)  Hi Keith  ;)

PLUS ONE for Abilene.  With the exception of some limited Stainless Uberti Percussion guns (somewhat collected), there really isn't a collector's market for anything Uberti or any of the mass reproductions.  Fire Away

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2022, 08:45:23 AM »
What good is a toy you don’t play with?
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Re: Afraid to shoot it
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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2022, 10:56:26 AM »
Welcome to the place! And we always love pictures around here.  :D
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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2022, 11:02:40 AM »
Thanks everyone!
Yup, I kept thinking maybe in 50 yrs. there will be a collector's market, but then realizing that I won't be around any longer, so it wouldn't matter  ;D
Gonna find me some ivories for her.
I've been carrying a Frisco in .45 Colt with 5.5" barrel for last 6 years, and you know how that charcoal blue wears off so fast. Time to switch guns for a bit. This Bisley is 7.5" barrel which I tend to like more anyway, as I used Navies and Dragoons all through my early years. I like this Bisley grip too, as it points well for me.

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2022, 11:57:22 AM »
First time posting pictures, hope it works.

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2022, 11:59:34 AM »
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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2022, 12:02:20 PM »
Already have an El Paso Saddlery holster in black. Next is the ivory.

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2022, 12:03:29 PM »
And my Frisco. Sorry for the bad quality, my camera has seen it's better days.

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2022, 09:31:57 PM »
Shoot it and enjoy it. Life is too short to "save" it because it "might" be worth something in the future. Enjoy it now!    :D
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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2022, 09:18:42 AM »
Only Uberti's I know of with any collectibility are the Bisley Flat-top Target models. Or at least, they go for a premium over other models.

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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2022, 01:22:12 PM »
They have the coolest sculpted hammers.
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Re: Afraid to shoot it
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2022, 12:47:03 AM »
What good is a toy you don’t play with?
yes indeedy!!
anyway even if that serial number doubled the value its still a cheap gun - go make smoke!!!

 

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