Welcome everyone to the 136th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.
In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, decided the American Derringer was fudd crap.
At this time the original auction remains up on GunBroker without any bids. We can only hope this engraved .25 Auto can find its way to a new home in the near future.
In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a DMAX Sidewinder chambered in .45 Colt and 410 Bore. As is tradition, this multi-caliber gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $1,999 Buy It Now.
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP?
Classic DMAX or Overpriced Fudd Trash?
Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:
“Hot gat b/c it’s DMAX” – Adam S.
“Compensating? I don’t know what you mean…” – Tim C.
“Hot gat, that was a tiny company at first. Like less than ten people” – Rusty S
Selling this oversized gat is GunBroker seller gomoose02, located in Grand Forks ND. Let’s see what they had to say about this rare DMAX Sidewinder.
Note: Item description has been truncated in order to accommodate article length. Please see the listing for the full item description.
FOR SALE or TRADE! This listing is for a DMax Inc. Sidewinder 45Colt/410Ga Single Action Revolver. This is one of the original DMax revolvers before Magnum Research BFR. I am selling off a Sidewinder Collection and this one was manufactured in Springfield SD Serial Number 309. FEATURES: 7.5″ Barrel, Stainless Steel, 6 Round Cylinder, Shoots 45 Colt or 410 Gauge Shotgun Shells 2.5″ or 3″, and Holster. CONDITION: Excellent As New shipping exactly as shown in the photos, with the Holster. We are selling off a number of our weapons from our Collection of Fine Firearms this year including Military Rifles, Machine Guns, and related items so keep an eye on our listings. We look forward to working with new customers as well as the thousands of current clients that helped make us one of the Top Sellers on Gunbroker.com………………………………………………………………………………….PAYMENT OPTIONS: This item is being offered with a cash discount price meaning payment in Cashier Check, USPS Money Order, Cash, or Bank Money Orders. Bank Transfers can be arranged with a $12.00 additional fee. We can accept most Credit Cards using the Gunbroker.com checkout service however the 3% Cash discount does not apply to that form of payment. AMEX payment has to be called into our office for processing. PROMPT payment is expected within 10 days. Non Paying Bidders will be reported promptly to Gunbroker.com and a negative feedback will be posted if you do not pay. I do not take payments or offer Lay-a-Way. TRADING/BUYING: We Buy~Sell~Trade firearms and collectables. I am always interested in Quality, Unique, High Grade, Commemorative, Limited Edition, Tactical, Colt, Winchester, S&W, and out of production firearms in original excellent to new condition. I rarely accept current production, customs, or very common guns on trade. If you have a quality modern firearm you seldom see in most Gun Shops priced with my resale in mind I will probably be interested in it. Email me a very detailed description of your firearm or if you have more than one email a list with a detailed description and pricing or an idea of how much you need to get out of your trade or trades. Please do not be afraid to tell me about your trade and all you have with it, remember I only know what you tell me. Include a price and photos if possible. I will not answer emails if they are not detailed. Email us prior to bidding about trading do not bid first then try to negotiate a trade. If your trade is worth more we will pay you the difference. Information on how we handle direct purchases will be emailed to you should you have something we are interested in purchasing.
In the early ’90s, a small firearms company called D-MAX went on to produce this – the Sidewinder. The company was later purchased by Magnum Research which would then produce these pistols under the BFR branding. Typically when someone mentions a 45 Colt / 410 Bore handgun you’re inclined to think Taurus Judge or maybe a Smith & Wesson Governor. The Judge was released in the Mid 2000s, and the Governor came to market in 2011. So to that end, the sidewinder was truly ahead of its time.
Once the novelty factor has worn off, this platform becomes very niche. I have to admit I like the longer barrel on the sidewinder, but I’m not sure if it warrants the price tag. I wasn’t familiar with the DMAX fanbase at the start of this article, but now I’m certain there’s a buyer out there somewhere for this pistol.
So what do you think? Is it worth $2k to have one of the first .45 Colt / 410 Bore handguns or is your money better spent elsewhere? As always, I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.
What do you think? Is this DMAX Sidewinder a Hot Gat or overpriced multi-caliber Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Rare DMAX Sidewinder is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap: