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Old 08-30-2017, 04:38 PM
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I have a Smith 28-2 that has a little pitting on the cylinder and the top of the frame. Called S&W today and they guys advised they don't do the dull finish anymore.

I was thinking about sending that Fords instead..they still do good work right? I'll post some pictures later....
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I think unless the Highway Patrolman has some sort of sentimental value, most would recommend selling it and getting one that has all of the original bluing. You will have as much or more invested in a gun that you probably will never be able to get back out of it.
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You have one of the great guns made. Just try some oil and bronze wool.
It started life as a utility gun and that is what it is. Just shoot and enjoy it,
or sell as is and look for an other.
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Highly collectible firearms (like vintage automobiles) are always worth more when left in their original finish. BUT ........ in this case a M28 is hardly a rare gun and doubt you would take much of a hit (or hit at all) if it looks pristine after refinishing. Down the road it will STILL appreciate and I highly doubt you would loose money.

It's your gun and do what makes YOU feel better. If you do not want to look at an ugly gun then get it re-blued. All those who tell you not to are not the ones looking at it or shooting it. Again, if it were a S&W Registered Magnum then I would NOT suggest refinishing, but it's not.
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Pictures help.................when you want advice.

The 28 was a utility/police option to the more refined Model 27 and was finished and priced accordingly.

While I have more than several 95%+ guns which tend to be safe queens.... I appreciate blued guns in the 90-95% range that I don't mind carrying in Penn's woods.... they include a 19-4 and a 4" model 27 in about 90% condition (bluing wear) no pitting, some freckles on the cylinder.... that I believe, based on the condition was a duty gun that saw some use and weather in the 80s. It's looks "good" except on close inspection, then under the right light you can see the imperfections or "honest wear" as some call it around here.

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