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Old 10-11-2017, 10:57 AM
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I believe this is a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department 15-3, S/N 8K67616. It has a lot of dings and holster wear, but I am curious about some patches on the cylinder and frame where bluing is gone. Any ideas of what caused this?

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:36 PM
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Probably been banged into other guns in a box after withdrawal from service.
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Blood, sweat, urine, any number of things would remove the bluing this way if not cleaned off fairly quickly.
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I agree with ALK8944, and you can add holster wear. Carried many years and shot very little, which is sometimes the only way the physical condition of the weapons are checked.
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Well, I guess if I have a choice between blood, sweat or urine, I'll call it blood. What I thought is strange is that the spots where the bluing is missing on the cylinder are on opposite sides and correspond to the patch that is missing on the frame, like there was a glob of something there. The middle photo shows what are almost certainly finger prints. The stories that a 42 year old service revolver could tell... (Maybe nothing more romantic than a fair amount of neglect?)
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:28 PM
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I can't speak for any other Police Dept than the one I retired from. We were large (over 5000 Officers), the Armament folks were not concerned in the least at how a particular firearm looked as long as it worked as it was designed to do. I've seen way worse looking service revolvers than the one pictured.
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Some of the upper ones do look like blood, but the next to the last reminds me of road rash. It's not the officer's fault, it's not the department's fault, it's the asphalt.
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