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Old 11-09-2010, 02:49 AM
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Other than the bluing on my pre-war guns, the finish on this 19-3 Texas Ranger is as nice as I have seen (the stocks are kind of easy on the eyes as well).



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Old 11-09-2010, 09:03 AM
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I really shouldn't post any pics because my photographic skills really suck,but I've got a few that are O.K. The guns actually look much better in reality.

4-screw pre-27



27-2



Several of my -2 guns also exhibit seriously nice finishes. I just don't have any pics worth posting. I agree that none rival the finish of the pre-war guns.

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and an off brand in 22cal.


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I'm almost ashamed to post my pictures, they're so bad. Nice guns, but crummy pictures.

A 10-5 (rear) and a 10-7.

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This mdl.10-5 ser.# D3 (1967)has the nicest blueing on any Smith that I have seen.
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This picture is a tad bit redundant as it's posted on another thread right now. These are all hand picked favorites from my collection and I'm the original owner of them all.

Later S&W blued handguns occasionally reached the very deep and bright rich blues of the early S&W's and Colts. It's very difficult to capture accurate digital photos because most digital cameras tend to give an additional bluish cast to the gun as well as the background, flattening out the true appearance.

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Here is 5 inch Model 27-2 in its birthday suit, shipped September, 1973. I bought it new in '73 and its been with me ever since. Not fired since leaving the factory.
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the 19-3's did seem to have a very nice finish

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EVER SINGLE ONE OF THE REVOLVERS ABOVE ARE GORGEOUS ! !
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HOW do you guys take such great pictures??? I have a high end digital camera but can't take anything even near the quality of some of these pics.
Don't mean to highjack this thread, but please share your secrets!
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:44 PM
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I dont own any 60's vintage Smiths so I will have to show these again

New Model #3 Target



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Old 11-09-2010, 09:37 PM
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Not a great picture, .. it's like a mirror in person.

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:14 PM
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I do have to admit that Dan's Model 3 has one of the nicest finishes that I have seen in person on any revolver of any make (even though some of those C#$t's have a blued finish that looks like a lake at sunset - e.g. DriHeat's long tube Python beauty).

One more Pre-war blued mirror:

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Here's a couple...







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Other than the bluing on my pre-war guns, the finish on this 19-3 Texas Ranger is as nice as I have seen (the stocks are kind of easy on the eyes as well).



Show me your favorite blued guns with the nicest finish...
Richard,
You could shave with the knife and use the 19-3 for the mirror! Beautiful pair.
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1960 (no dash) Model 29

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1958 pre 29 4screw





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Ok, I'll play along too.

1955 pre 17 K-22 (not a great picture)


1979 14-4 K38


"offbrand"
1980 Colt Python Target in .38 Spl


Many more in the safe but that's all I have pictures of with me.

Nice guns guys!

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This pair of 57's have pretty nice blueing.

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and this is my screensaver -

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14 no dash 4 screw from 1960
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Here is a Pre-29 5 screw. It was shipped in 1956 with a 6.5" barrel and then returned to the factory between 1958-60 and had this 8 3/8" barrel put on and shipped back in the newer style presentation case with the silk lining.

The picture doesn't do it justice on the finish. It can be used as a mirror if needed.

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My custom 27-2 in .41 Magnum, built by Sandy Garrett and finished by Caleb Rutledge.

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The finish on this gun is so good you would think it is a reblue, but it is original.


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Pre 10 form about 1936. All original parts, grips numbered to frame.
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I was looking through some old threads and I came across this one. I forgot how beautiful the guns in this thread are. To the top with a new photo:

1939 38/44 Outdoorsman with Humpback Hammer:



I'd love to see some more of your mirrored beauties...
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1939 38/44 Outdoorsman with Humpback Hammer:



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No. In general, the only cylinders that were recessed were the Magnum calibers (.357 Mag, .44 Mag, and .41 Mag) and .22's (including the .22 LR, .22 MRF, and .22 Jet).
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Just wow!

Other than a nickel and ivory Colt SAA that's a safe queen, not a one of my other guns approaches these.
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Not original finish, but the nicest blue gun I have:



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Well now I know where all the NIB Smiths are! GREAT GUNS FELLAS!!

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factory re-blue in '57


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...love that screensaver.
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Not my gun, I took this picture for a friend. The blue was so deep and rich I got all artsy fartsy with the reflection.
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