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Old 11-16-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Hi folks! Hope you guys can help me out on this one. For years I've loved the 3rd gen smith auto pistols but never pulled the trigger (pun intended) and bought one. Now that I want one, I can't seem to find one. I've taken to collecting Sa/Da auto pistols and this would be a great addition to the collection. I'm not too worried about the surface condition as I refinish all of my guns anyway (cerakote or bead blast). I live in chicago so if you know of where I can find one, I'd greatly appreciate the help.

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Old 11-17-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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Cabelas in Hoffman Estates had some 6946s a couple of months back. Have seen some online folks selling them, but rarely, and they quickly get sold out, plus most of these retailers refuse to sell to chgo and cook (look for my rant on these in another thread).
I would [strongly] advise against refinishing 3rd gen S&Ws.

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You can find almost anything on www.GunWatcher.com
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Byxlaw: why don't you recommend refinishing? Is it for collector value or something else? I'm curious because that is the first I've heard. Always open to suggestions and expertise. Thanks.

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The minute a gun is refinished it loses its collector value. There is a difference between refinishing and restoring.

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3rd Gen S&Ws are nice handguns. Too bad you didn't get one a few years ago when LE trade-ins were everywhere. I don't know the Chicago market but a lot of phone calls to local gun/pawn shops might turn one up. Otherwise they can be found at online sites.

Good luck finding one!

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Byxlaw: why don't you recommend refinishing? Is it for collector value or something else? I'm curious because that is the first I've heard. Always open to suggestions and expertise. Thanks.
JTJ was ahead of me here. You mentioned collecting. For "static" collection, see JTJ's comment. For "dynamic" collection - redundant effort, imo. Just my take on collections in general, and on subject items in particular.
Hope you find something soon. If/when you score something, please share experience.
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