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Old 12-09-2014, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default Looking for your input on my new S&W

Hello friends! This past weekend I picked up my latest acquisition, a very early k38 Combat Masterpiece. The gun is in good shape but there is pitting on the frame and I don't have the original grips. There is also a lot of holster wear and the cylinder is pitted as well. That's the bad news. The good news is that the mechanicals are in great shape. Lock up is firm and the trigger is the smoothest I've felt on any revolver!

Here's my dilemma. I've thought of refinishing the gun (yes, it needs it) but I can't decide if I want to take the gun back to its original finish, or my second option is updating the gun to resemble the current model 66 combat magnum. The dimensions of this revolver are beautiful and I'm sure it will look great either way. I want your help in choosing a direction so please chime in with comments.

Thanks a bunch.
Greg

P.S. I'm a refinisher so all the work will be done by me. Cost isn't a factor. Either way, I'll post pictures along the way.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:44 AM   #2
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The K38 was made back when S&W's quality was second to none. I had one that consistently printed cloverleaf groups at 25 yds.
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I picked up a K38 Target Masterpiece earlier this year. (Unturned, in the original box and papers. Yeah, Christmas came early!)

You have a dandy revolver. And you know what refinishing does to collector's value. However, I have reblued guns that were mechanically great, finish gone- because I planned to keep them and shoot them. Sounds like you may be headed the same way.

The way to go is going to be driven by- how bad is the pitting? If light, go for blue. But if you are going to have to go deep enough to lose markings, etc, why not try Cerra-Kote in a color you really like?
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I'd go for cerakote. More durable finish and since it wouldn't be the original either way why not.
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Personally, I would do my best to return it to original condition, a nice deep bluing and look for the grips that were installed on the revolver, to me, it is a classic revolver and I would work to bring it back to be as close to factory new as possible.
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With the finish that far gone and pitting, there is no collector value unless it was owned by someone famous. The pitting will cause the loss of too much metal on a blue refinish. It is a shooter so do what you like best.
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I thought i would add a few photos so that everyone could get an idea of the extent of the pitting on the gun. It's not severe by any means but it would require sanding and polishing to prep for a new finish. Take a look and tell me what you think.ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1418145408.799839.jpgImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1418145426.312803.jpgImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1418145451.916207.jpg
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Restore to original since you asked. That pitting isn't that bad where you would take out some rollmarks. I love the older blued S&W guns. The best looking guns as a whole ever. Yea I know Pythons were prettier but that is one gun not an entire line of guns.
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It has no collectors value now and if you refinish it it will still have none. The K frame Smiths are good shooters and that is where it`s value is, so you will do no harm having it reblued, but it will not increase the value of the gun near what it will cost you. How much is pretty worth to you????
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I would carry the gun and shoot it until the rusty spots started to shine. I would do nothing to it except wear it out.
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