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raveneap 04-17-2013 05:02 PM

Smithy & Wesson Highway Patrolman
 
I've been wanting a Model 28 for quite a while and finally found what looked like a good deal at a show a couple months ago. Highway patrolman 4", tight all seems mechanically good but was not well cared for cosmetically. Many light scratches and rust spots and generally poor finish. As I have no thought of ever selling it but just want it for my own enjoyment, I sent it off to SW for complete refinishing about 6 weeks ago. According to serial number I believe it was built in 1972. Smith said probably 12 weeks turnaround so waiting like a kid for Christmas morning. ;)

Will post before & after pics when it gets home.

ratpacker 04-17-2013 05:26 PM

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Olympus 04-17-2013 06:32 PM

What kind of refinish did you have done? The 28 originally came from the factory with more of a matte blue.

aandabooks 04-17-2013 07:44 PM

Not to be nosy but what did you give for the gun? I know where there is a NIB Model 28 for $600 that I've been thinking about for quite awhile. I think they are great looking guns. Congrats on getting yourself one. I can't wait to see what S&W does with yours.

raveneap 04-17-2013 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Olympus (Post 1217061)
What kind of refinish did you have done? The 28 originally came from the factory with more of a matte blue.

The only rebluing SW offers now is the "Blalck Pentrate.". More of a black than blue but all you can now get for Smith factory refinish on blued guns. Reportedly polishes up really well and I think it's pretty close if not the same as new SW blued revolvers. Apparently they stopped doing the old high gloss blue due to environmental concerns re: the chemicals involved.

raveneap 04-17-2013 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by aandabooks (Post 1217104)
Not to be nosy but what did you give for the gun? I know where there is a NIB Model 28 for $600 that I've been thinking about for quite awhile. I think they are great looking guns. Congrats on getting yourself one. I can't wait to see what S&W does with yours.


i picked it up in a trade but have about $400.00 in the gun itself . If you can get one NIB for $600 I'd grab it. Just my opinion but I'd been wanting one for quite some time.That's about what I'll have in mine including trade and rebluing.

raveneap 04-17-2013 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by ratpacker (Post 1217020)
Good Luck with your ...re-finish N-FRAMEAttachment 96553

Thanks. Very nice looking job.

robocop10mm 04-17-2013 09:05 PM

A 1972 Model 28 is FAR superior to a newly made version. The MIM parts used now are inferior to the old forged parts. $600 for a pre-lock 28? Freaking awesome! I would'nt give $400 for a new one

raveneap 04-17-2013 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by robocop10mm (Post 1217187)
A 1972 Model 28 is FAR superior to a newly made version. The MIM parts used now are inferior to the old forged parts. $600 for a pre-lock 28? Freaking awesome! I would'nt give $400 for a new one

Think he must have meant an old NIB - the Model 28 nasn't been made in quite a while.

aandabooks 04-17-2013 11:54 PM

The one I have a line on is a 1970 model. Don't know that I can be the guy to buy it and fire a 43 year old NIB gun. I don't have safe queens.


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