Just wanted to get the ball rolling on this conversation, will post some pics tonight.. I just traded for a S&W 29-2, with the 8 3/8" barrel. By looking at the S/N it has a 1980 mfg date. It look like what you would expect from a nearly 40 year old revolver, has scratches in the blu, and it's nearly rubbed off at the tip of the barrel. Probably in typical shape for something that was holstered and used. All the important parts appear to be in good condition. I have about $600 into it, and more likely than will put a couple boxes of ammo downrange and then probably get rid of it...unless I happen to fall in love with it. I am kicking around the idea of re-bluing it, or possibly getting a custom cerakote job done to it. If I keep it I want it to look nice. The question is, if I sell it would I be better off leaving it in the original condition??