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Old 03-18-2015, 06:07   #1
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The Ugly Duckling

I may have told this story, if so bear with me. I took some new pictures the other day, and wanted to show them off.

Several months ago I almost passed on a Smith & Wesson Model 19 (no dash), four screw. The gun locked up tight, everything mechanical checked out fine, but it was "finish challenged" shall we say.

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Scratches, worn lackluster blue, some fine surface rust, and just general "crud" all over it. I thought I might send it off to have it refinished.

But figuring I had nothing to lose, I cleaned it with Gunscrubber, Hoppes, and elbow grease. Then I took Flitz Polish to the metal. I know a lot of people say Flitz can harm the finish, but in this case, as I said, nothing to lose.

I put the polish on by hand, allowed it to dry, then buffed it off by hand with a soft cloth. Then I applied Pledge Furniture polish to it several times also.

I got some pictures the other day out in the sun for the first time.

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It doesn't look like new by any means. There are still scratches, there are still places where bare metal shows, but those scratches, and blue edges are softer now, the fine rust and "patina" are gone. What's left of the blue reflects light like a mirror.

Next I want to clean those grips. I don't want to strip the finish unless I have to, so I'm thinking just some warm water and mild soap and see what happens.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:12   #2
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Very nice.

S&W revolvers age well IMO. Even with holster wear and scratches they still look good. Kinda like Jennifer Aniston.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:28   #3
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That turned into a great looking revolver! Good job.

I wouldn't go too far with the grips until you find out what they are worth. It could be a LOT.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:29   #4
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Very nice, CB

I love those old S&W revolvers.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:35   #5
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:39   #6
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That turned into a great looking revolver! Good job.

I wouldn't go too far with the grips until you find out what they are worth. It could be a LOT.
I'm not going to do much to the grips. They don't look all that bad on this gun. The gun still shows it's age, and show a lot of wear and tear. It just looks better.

And you're right. Those diamond targets are not cheap on Ebay. I've looked. They're probably what tipped me to buy the gun.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:08   #7
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Nothing wrong with a revolver that looks well used but not abused.
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Old 03-18-2015, 14:34   #8
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nice save. looks great so far.
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Old 03-18-2015, 22:21   #9
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Looks great!
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:02   #11
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Wow! What a difference that looks much better now gotta love them old smiths!
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A well worn S&W looks like a million bucks IMO.
That one cleaned up nice, but still has a ton of character.
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A well worn S&W looks like a million bucks IMO.
That one cleaned up nice, but still has a ton of character.
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Nothing wrong with a revolver that looks well used but not abused.
Truthfully, I like the looks of used guns better than new ones.....kind of like when you get your first couple of dings on a new car. From that point on, you can enjoy it, instead of fussing over protecting it.

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