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Old 02-25-2014, 18:46   #1
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I have a model 19 that was my original issue when I went through the police academy in 1975. I carried the revolver for about ten years before we switched to the 659. During the years I was carrying the 19 in a leather duty holster a good amount of blueing on the barrel, cylinder and frame wore off.

There's no rust on the gun as I take good care of it, but I'm thinking about getting it re-blued but I didn't know if it would hurt the value of the revolver. I would never sell it and plan on passing down to my son. I'm close enough to Springfield that I can run the revolver to the S&W factory to have the blueing done.

What say you? Reblue or leave it as is?
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Old 02-26-2014, 13:33   #2
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If you plan to pass it down to your son, I reccomend having it reblued, especially if you have it done at the factory.
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Old 02-27-2014, 16:58   #3
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Rebluing will reduce the collector value. If you want to keep it in the family and want to pass on a gun that looks like it did when you were issued it, then a trip to S&W sounds like a good bet. Just make sure you know what you are getting.


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Old 08-23-2014, 08:41   #4
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In your case, since you are planning to keep it in the family, collector value would be irrelevant. I say go ahead and have it reblued.
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Old 09-07-2014, 14:16   #5
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Had to buy a revolver to shoot practice/ quals while attending LEO Academy in 1987. It was still difficult to find a Stainless model, so found a trade in M10 4in, pencil bbl 38 Spec. It was also worn, but internals looked new.

When I showed up to the Firearms RO, he did a quick check, and told me the revolver will last a lifetime. After shooting a perfect score, I was convinced that it was a "diamond in the eye of the beholder".

The RO knew a local Gunsmith, I received a quote, and had mine reblued. I also had the front sight cut to allow an orange insert. Price was well worth it.(think iirc, was 100.00 for the blueing, 25.00 for the sight work", no springs replaced, and 5.00 for a pair of slightly used(new)Pachmyer grips.

After 8yrs on duty, semi retired to a Glock Duty Weapon, but kept in reserve in my nightstand w/ 2 speedloaders w/ 158 SWHPs. Never felt under armed, but those Glocks carry a lot of rounds vs a S&W M10!

Mine will be passed down to either of two sons. They are on this earth due to my protection offered by that S&W.

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