Lets go over pimples and dimples first. I've never accomplished perfection on my own even with a perfect starting platform. This one came to me with a great condition bore and reasonably tight cylinder fit and it already had the Ruger transfer bar conversion. So the game was on. The gun had a few marks and I've included a cosmetic flaw or two of my own.....seems I always do. But the overall package is more than decent and I like it a lot. I'm not a fan of safe queening any gun and so, a few minor imperfections are like the first scratch in the bed of a new truck....glad to have it, now I can stop worrying and get busy and use it!
A spot or two of light pitting of the cylinder came with the gun, more than I'd prefer to polish out and I seem to have added a spot or two to the rust blue in close proximity to the pitting. Don't know what happened....the process was clean, clean and the spots are darker....typically a spot is a bit lighter. I dunno, but I'll go with it.
At the top of the frame, I don't think these are pits....given a mark on the barrel top I suspect these are boink marks from rough handling or perhaps a drop onto a rough surface....maybe someone was twirlin it rather inexpertly!
Back here on the recoil shield, some light pitting, close to the edge and hard to buff out without changing the shape of the edge, I left it go. Maybe long time in a holster or maybe just a long time layin on foam on this side. (A bead blast finish would have hidden all of the marks but it'd sure be a flat finish and a bit greyer than black due to being a bit rougher finish.) Also, here not that I missed a spot on the grip frame polish, where the vertical section of the frame and grip frame meet....after the test fire, I think I'll dismount the grip and buff that last lil file mark outta there.
Unfortunately, I didn't catch this when I purchased the grip frame. It comes fitted and polished.....on this side, the polishing slightly undercut the vertical tab and there is a slight gap between wood and brass. Had I caught this up front, I'd have returned the grip frame for an exchange. I'll have to check more carefully should I ever to another like this.
Here's what appears to be the other boink mark on the top of the barrel.