(tl; dr - didn't buy it, but am interested if anyone has sent an "older, neglected" smith back to mothership in recent times for spa treatment & refinishing and your personal experience with service. is process still taking approximately 2-3 mos? and of course, any pics would be most appreciated.) yesterday while at range did the obligatory swing by consignment shelf and encountered a damned pitiful example of a 6"(?) model 28 with surface rust throughout along with a pair of old aftermarket rubber grips fitting for its pathetic disposition. imo, listed price was way optimistic putting it mildly as well. wasn't going to bother staff, but business was slow and one of the guys meandered over so i made off the cuff remark about its sad condition, which he took as automatic cue to grab it and hand over, lol... never held one before, but holy hell those things were over engineered and then some, and for which makes them just that more bad azz. not certain even smith's guys could bring that one back, especially if they encountered significant pitting, but nevertheless the fricken seed was apparently planted in brainpan (corroborated by fact i caught myself seaching ebay for proper grips awhile ago...).