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Old 01-02-2017, 11:30 AM
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I know there are many people on this forum with dozens of S&W revolvers. I only have 4, (Model 67, Model 64, Model 10, and Model 60). All but the Model 60 were made in between 1980 and 1987. The Model 60 was made in 1975).

They all seem to be in fine working order as I shoot them with no problems. The lock up and timing seem tight. But these are the guns that we all know are no longer made, and the ones I will be passing on to my kids one day. A friend of mine sent in his Model 10 to be reblued last year and the also had to fix a bent crane that he was unaware of.

So has anybody ever sent in a S&W revolver to be overhauled just because they got it used and have idea what may need replacing?
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When I retired, as part of our farewell package, the range offered to, inspect/rebuild any of our firearms. i did have them go through my two S&W revolvers, and one Colt Combat Commander. two checked out, but my S&W 629 no dash needed a complete overhaul.When I asked what was wrong the armorer just rolled his eyes. Of course that service was fast , expert and free. Sending something in today would probably be very costly, but if you think it needs something done,, by all means. If you don't have a problem with it, I don't think I would . I would be of the mind that if the timing isn't off, or things aren't bent, I would just give everything a visual inspection, than a range trip. If I didn't get any light strikes, or lead shavings coming back, I'd be good to go. Now if I had a particular gun I was going to give to my kid, than I would have it looked at and gone through by an expert.
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I have. Years ago I bought 2 older revolvers. One was a model 19-2 which was pretty well used and I was concerned about perhaps excessive cylinder shake and finish wear. It was completely serviceable and showed no real problems aside from the finish wear. Another was a model 28. It too showed finish wear but was completely serviceable. Because I was not sure about any "issues" I sent them in for a check and "service."

Both came back in simply excellent condition. I had them refinished with the flat/mat blue/black finish and the factory gunsmith tightened them and went through and replaced what was needed (if anything was). I was so completely satisfied that I will send my revolvers back to the factory as long as the factory will work on them.
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But if I'm not interested in the revolver action job and just want the guns looked over and repaired if needed, would S&W tell me all was in spec and not do anything, or am I on the hook for over 100 bucks per gun even if all is well? I know I have to pay for shipping.

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My understanding is that they no longer will work on the older guns because they don't have parts available.
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But if I'm not interested in the revolver action job and just want the guns looked over and repaired if needed, would S&W tell me all was in spec and not do anything, or am I on the hook for over 100 bucks per gun even if all is well? I know I have to pay for shipping.
I'm gonna guess that there's always something out of spec that can be fixed up. From what I've read here and heard from others at the LGS, S&W will look it over, give you an estimate, and fix you up. If there's nothing wrong, I suspect they'd clean it up and ship it back . . .
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My understanding is that they no longer will work on the older guns because they don't have parts available.
I didn't think guns from the 80's fell into that category. The one J frame is a bit older, but it's not like it's an original m&P from 1915.
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IF you have the ability, skills, patience and tools you are better off learning how to repair mechanical items yourself. Weather it's a car, a home appliance, a gun or what ever, there is no one who will take the time, care, interest and precision to repair things the way the owner can - assuming money is not unlimited and the owner is a perfectionist (or at least close to being one)

For the most part if an item (including guns of course) that is functioning properly and as designed, the saying "leave well enough alone" means a lot. Because Smith & Wesson repairs less and less vintage guns each year due to parts scarcity, lost knowledge and skills at the Factory or what ever, means that all of us collectors and owners will eventually need to become self sufficient or find someone who is an expert and not only repairing older guns but in either finding old original parts or having the ability to make them.

Not that I am a fan of hoarding, but a collector of let's say S&W K Frames would be well served having a few hammers, triggers, springs, screws, grips, hands, etc. available if and when they are needed to repair a coveted Revolver. The time to have common back up parts in your tool box is while they are still available - not parts to build entire guns out of but just the common ones that are routine wear items and parts that commonly break. "Cornering the market" on parts is NOT necessary, but just a few of the common ones is certainly not a bad idea.

The skills of being self sufficient in this Country are definitely a dying a rapid death and that is one of the very reasons why we have become a disposable society.

I am sure there are many here in this Forum who repair and rebuild their own guns, cars, motorcycles, appliances etc. and know what I am talking about. Not a bad trait to have! Of course diagnosing the problem in the first place is sometimes that hardest part of any repair job - but that comes with experience and knowledge.
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They will no longer work on Pre-Model Numbered guns and that includes refinishing.

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I've never sent one to S&W but I have taken a couple of older revolvers in to a trusted local gunsmith for a check-up. I trust my life to these tools and want to know they will still be reliable. Also I bought these guns used so I don't always know how well they've been treated over the years.
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IF you have the ability, skills, patience and tools you are better off learning how to repair mechanical items yourself.
I am sure there are many here in this Forum who repair and rebuild their own guns, cars, motorcycles, appliances etc. and know what I am talking about. Not a bad trait to have! Of course diagnosing the problem in the first place is sometimes that hardest part of any repair job - but that comes with experience and knowledge.
ESSENTIALLY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE,TOOLS AND SKILLS THAT A BONAFIDE GUNSMITH WOULD POSSESS---ACCUMULATED THROUGH YEARS OF WORKING ON REVOLVERS. THE OP OBVIOUSLY IS NOT SUCH A PERSON. MANY FIREARMS HAVE BEEN RUINED BY BUBBA, ON THE KITCHEN TABLE, WHO DOES NOT KNOW IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, WHAT IT MIGHT BE, AND WHAT WOULD BE THE FIX......

IF YOU ARE GOING TO PASS ON A FIREARM TO ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN, DO THE KID A FAVOR, AND DON'T TRY TO "FIX" IT YOURSELF. I JUST PASSED OWNERSHIP OF A PRISTINE, BUT USED COLT DIAMONDBACK, TO MY DAUGHTER. IT WAS PURCHASED IN THE EARLY '7Os, AND SHOT REGULARLY FOR 20 YEARS OR SO. I GAVE IT TO A VERY TALENTED, AND HIGHLY REGARDED GUNSMITH, FOR A DETAILED CLEANING AND LUBE, AND ANY ADJUSTMENTS OR REPAIRS THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED......

WHY DIDN'T I DO IT MYSELF ? ? ? BECAUSE I LOVE MY DAUGHTER.....lol.
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