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Old 09-12-2018, 05:11 PM
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I bought this post war M&P on the cheap knowing the barrel and grips were not correct and thought the finish was fair at best. I was surprised the finish on the frame, cylinder, hammer and trigger are very good or better which is amazing considering the poor quality of the barrel installation. And this person likely calls his/her self a gunsmith. Save for the barrel and grips all of the numbers match.

When I pulled the grips off the right panel looks to have 2 s/n's stamped 229787 in the normal random fashion at the top and 471391 in a straight line with all of the numbers evenly spaced.

The good news/ bad news is I found a near perfect sharp shoulder left panel but no mate.

Hopefully when I request a ship date Mr. Jinks will be good enough to tell me the original barrel length. To me the condition is good enough to restore it to original.

For the member keeping the S series data base the s/n is S919813.
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I've got a spare right side sharp shoulder magna. It's not as pretty as the one you have, but if you were wanting to refinish one, you're welcome to have it free.

It's not chipped or gouged, but much of the varnish has worn off...and the medallion is showing some brass.
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Hey Chief,

Did you put on clean socks just for these pictures?
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Did you put on clean socks just for these pictures?
No, just got back from the skeet range so I was dressed up. Clean socks always make me shoot better.
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When I pulled the grips off the right panel looks to have 2 s/n's stamped 229787 in the normal random fashion at the top and 471391 in a straight line with all of the numbers evenly spaced.

To fill an order for a gun with Target grips, the Factory occasionally pulled the grips off a finished gun and put Targets on it and shipped it.
They would later reuse some of those takeoff grips. By the time they were reused, grips were being numbered along the bottom edge.
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Looks good as a snubby
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That satin post war blue is going to be a bugger trying to get the barrel to match. I bet it had a 4 inch barrel and somebody took it to gunsmith to make a carry gun out of it. Hope you get her back to normal. It is starting to look better already.
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I would leave it how you bought it, especially if the price was right. It's never going to be original again, so why not keep it practical?

OK - I'd probably add a T-grip.
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Looks like someone used a set of vice grips to put the barrel on. Hope they didn't damage the frame in the process. Let us know what Roy says.
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I would leave it how you bought it, especially if the price was right. It's never going to be original again, so why not keep it practical?

OK - I'd probably add a T-grip.
If it was originally a 4" revolver I'll likely leave it as is, otherwise will be on the search for the correct length barrel. The seller claimed it was originally a 5 incher.
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Id rather have a 2 with a weird obviously wrong barrel than a million times more common (around here, anyway) 4 incher. but I always liked stuff modified for use by people of the past to fit their specific needs.
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I'm with Matt....I belong to to "The People Of The Past".....keep it as is!!

Well, If I could find a half moon 2" bbl, maybe...

Love it that way!!

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