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Old 10-08-2018, 07:54 PM
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I purchased a well worn model 10-7 at a LGS that has a lot of police trade ins. I wanted a 4" pencil barrel and they had one for $270. I sent it to S&W to be re-blued in late May. I got it back about mid Sept. I chose the standard blue for $220 (there was also a $45 "range test and estimate" fee.) Needless to say it turned out beautifully. I really don't have time to restore the grips so I got a set of Altamont Super Walnut Crocback/Stipple with Silver Medallions. Here are the before and after pics
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:57 PM
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Very nice before and after pictures. That gun looks great. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:31 PM
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very nice they did a great job
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:20 PM
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Beautiful. The bluing turned out very well.

I love the four-inch standard barrel, both for the retro cool and balance.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:56 PM
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Beautiful job, I've always paid for the high polish, if I send another back, I'm going for the standard job after seeing your revolver.

After seeing the additional picture you posted below, now I know I'm going to send my 586 back for the standard job. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:01 AM
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Did a super nice job for the standard finish. Often wondered how good the newer bluing would look compared to the older bluing of the past. Looks like a great glossy finish. Heard in the past different chemicals used lately.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:17 AM
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That's beautiful and I'd hate for it to be messed up by any product that has ammonia in it, including Hoppe's #9. It really messes up the color. Turns it somewhere between plum and violet.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:16 AM
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Wow. That's gorgeous!
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Very nice...
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Great looking revolver

Based on the price they charged you I think that was a good value for the money
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Very nice results. Good decision you made.
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:48 PM
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I'm so cheap, I would've left it. LOL. But shazam that looks really really nice.
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:11 PM
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I’m impressed at how sharp the stamping look. I’ve seen some that were really buffed out. Could have been the original condition that dictated more buffing though
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:15 PM
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I have to agree that it looks really gorgeous and your whole post is extremely useful as an example to anyone who has considered doing this.

Me? I think that all four pictures look awfully good, but if there was a 5th picture, that would be my favorite. Picture #5 would be exactly the same except next to the Model 10 with character would be a fanned-out stack of $20's that weren't sent off to S&W for a re-finish!

But that's just how I would do it, and the re-blue definitely looks amazing.
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:31 PM
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Very nice!! I have pretty much the same gun in a 10-5. I like thgrips. Gotta look them up
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:36 PM
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Beautiful......
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I have a Model 19 and a HB M10 begging for this.

Will they reblue older guns like a M31 no dash or a I frame?
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:55 PM
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Sure something extra special looking at a deep blue high gloss bluing.
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I think any of us would be proud to own that revolver. Very nice!
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If this thread had been titled ...Should I factory re blue this gun..many would have come out in groves to advise against it. Not that they would be wrong in their opinion. But many miss the point that a factory restored gun can give the owner a sense of pride rather then admiring someone else's battle scars.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:20 PM
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Thanks for all the comments. Here's a few close up before and after pics
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And the other side...
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Thanks for all the comments. Here's a few close up before and after pics
That looks great and I've consider getting this done on a Mod 36 c.a.1970 so thanks for sharing the results.

Just and FYI Ithe S&W insignia under the cylinder release may have been modified and possibly your ampersand. None of which would bother me because I really like it.

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Cost works out to about what one in original condition with no wear would bring, assuming that you could find such a gun.

You broke even, less the waiting time for the work. And they couldn't quite get all the pitting off of the trigger.

Still, you now have a nice example of that model. Gee, we used to take them so much for granted...
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At first I didn't like the stocks / grips. But they're growing on me. They seem like the checkering might work out well for gripping. Although I kind of like more on the heal too.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:13 AM
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Beautiful, both the gun and the grips!
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