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Old 08-06-2014, 08:30 PM   #21
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How did you determine the nickel plate isn't factory?


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Old 08-06-2014, 08:47 PM   #22
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By just looking at it. Look at the side plate-those edges should be flush and unnoticeable. All the sharp edges on the gun are rounded, too.

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I have one of these in original factory nickel plating w/mother of pearl grips - almost new condition. It's a 3rd edition - manufactured around 1893 I think. I've had it since November, but I'm in Alaska, so I can't get ground shipping. I finally got a box of the correct new ammo very recently and test-fired it a couple days ago. Flawless!
I'm an active shooter & outdoorsman and I take my weapons out in the field and USE them. This deserves a better life than that. Piece of history that's almost gone. Now that I've gotten to have my fun, I need to find it a new home, but don't have a clear idea of the value. Everything I can find similar and for sale is beaten up, worn out, usually blued, & with plain grips. That's not a comparison. Thoughts? Ideas? Comments?


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That is most definitely not factory nickel plating.
no wrong that is without a doubt a crappy Iver Johnson nickel finish.
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Heres a few pics of my little second model IJ
Rust blued barrel Nitrite blued hardware and color case hardened frame, hammer and trigger. Definitely not a factory finish.
You can buy BP loads in .38 S&W but they are steep however the smokeless rounds are very reasonable
I would have no quams shooting a modern standard round in a second model but the BP loads are much more fun to shoot.

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no wrong that is without a doubt a crappy Iver Johnson nickel finish.
I doubt Iver Johnson nickeled a S&W gun!
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I doubt Iver Johnson nickeled a S&W gun!
Oh Dayum that is a S&W
I still think it is original finish IMO
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THIS is what an original S&W finish looks like. Notice all the markings are gone from the nickeled gun?
Look at the fitting of the side plate. S&W polishing was the same,either blue or nickeled.
Still think the finish is original?

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