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Old 12-21-2012, 08:03 PM
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About six months ago I started Operation Pawnshop Rescue. The idea being is to watch local pawnshops and, as funds permit, save select S&W's from an uncertain pawnshop fate. Once they're in my possesion, I intend to do my best to restore them to their past glory. Here are the first three...hope someone can give me some manufacture dates.

The first one I picked up was a Model 66-1 S/N 96K81xx. She already has a new set of Hogue rubber grips and a custom El Paso Saddlery pancake holster. The future holds a nice set of wood grips and a polish.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/attachm...1&d=1356137465
These last two were both picked up this week. The first a Model 19-2 S/N KJF41xx. The prior owner had carved and sanded a beautiful set of diamond coke target grips into ruin. Today I ordered a set of Ahrends Retro Combat grips. This peach will get a cleaning, polish, and the grips when they arrive.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/attachm...1&d=1356137465
Finally, is a Model 5906 S/N K7108xx. As I was wanting a 9mm pistol, she is in beautiful condition and will fit the bill. This one came with two Clinton era 10-round magazines, so today, I sent away for two 15-round magazines that one of this forums members has offered to sell me.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/attachm...1&d=1356137465
As I get the upgrades I've ordered and have returned these beauties to their past glory I will post additional photos. And I'm still on the lookout for additional rescues... pre-1980 M-29 6.5", M-27 6.5", M-66 4", M-14 6" K-38, and a Mod 17 6" K-22 are prime candidates.

[Now I need to figure out how to get the photos to post right, ;-)]
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Great job on the rescue!
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Ya know, I think this is how Mother Teresa got started. I wouldn't be surprized if you get a Nobel prize out of this. Nice work.
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Congratulations as they look like they are new.
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I have also had the same rescue operation in progress. I need to come up with a list of donors to help fund Operation Rescue. I can find more Smith & Wessons and a Ruger or Two than I can afford to save.

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I have been involved in this same type of program for quite some time now. I always try to keep at least a grand in my pocket for these "emergency" rescue adventures but lately I have been having to replenish the roll of bills a little too often.
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Can anyone give me manufacturer dates on these three? Should would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance...
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OK Rogue12153, I did not do too good, but here is what I found in the "Book". The Model 66-1 looks like 1981, 19-2 was made between 1961-1966, could not find a KJF prefix in my book, and the 5906 was made between 1989-1999. I did not show a K prefix in my book for the 5906. Now if the K7108xx ser. number belongs to the 19-2 it would make sense and would be a 1966 production gun. It looks like all the auto pistols had 3 letters and then the number, I think the shrouded rear sight indicates a early model as Novak type sites were on the later ones. I hope this helps some and good hunting for these poor rescue projects. May you be blessed in your endeavors. Bill
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You should have you own reality series. Imagine how many rescues would be possible with real funding.
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I applaud you on the "Mission". Maybe if you file for a 501c3 corp. you can apply for Government grants to continue your "Mission".
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I applaud you on the "Mission". Maybe if you file for a 501c3 corp. you can apply for Government grants to continue your "Mission".
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