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Old 10-22-2010, 06:35 AM
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Agreed through GB to get this on Monday. Headed down to pay and pick up this evening: Need DOB help

I must be excited because I'm up an hour earlier than normal even though I stayed up later than normal last night.

I did waffle as I predicted in the other thread. I was going to use the money to get my Alfa running but in the end just couldn't let this one get away.

As I put together 12 test rounds for it last night I realized I'd never reloaded .38 Special even though I've been pulling the handle on presses since 1993.

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Good for you! Please post extra photos after you pick it up.
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Good decision! That's the choice I would have made.

Like Alan, I'd like to see more pictures as well. There's just something about S&W output of this 1946-1949 period that draws me in.
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Scott,

Can't wait to see the pictures.
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OK, after running down there hair on fire after working later than I wanted to. We're home now.

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I guess the serial number stamped there means the grips are numbered to the gun. I've never had a set I cared if they were or not so I don't know if that's the "correct" stamping.


Pic of the forcing cone:


The cylinder, top strap and muzzle show the most loss of finish:


A couple after a quick going over with CLP and a microfiber cloth:



It was listed in the GB auction as a 5 inch but comparing to my 66 I'd say it's a 4:


Now, on to what a great score it is. Paid $185 +tax. I can't tell that it has any more endshake than my 66 which is a tack driver. There is a bit more rotational play at full lock than the 66 but not much. It is in correct time and the trigger is typical stock K-frame. There was some surface rust in the chambers but you can only see it under bright light. Otherwise they look glassy.

I'll get some better quaity pics with by brother's better camera tomorrow. She might not look as good in bright daylight.

On the drive down I had given thought to a possible refinish in the future. I think I'll not be doing that. I cannot decide if I should have the stocks refinished or not though.

I have never had a S&W lettered. I think I might do that with this one. Might make that my Christmas present to myself.
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Yes, it's a 4". The right inside stock panel has the usual numbers, but my night vision is not what it used to be and I can't see the digits .

As other Forum members have stated in similar situations, I think this one has earned its bumps and bruises honestly, and I would leave it as is. Nice!
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The numbers in the stock panel match the serial on the gun. I just wasn't sure if stamping the 6 in that pattern was right or not.

Oh and cylinder and barrel serials match too. Checked cylinder in the shop but forgot to check the barrel. I was too floored by lack of endshake.
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Oh and a bit of humor. The shopkeeper said he had to provide a locking device. I didn't think it was required. I thought they were just required to offer one for me to buy.

His provided locking device is a zip tie
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Oh and a bit of humor. The shopkeeper said he had to provide a locking device. I didn't think it was required. I thought they were just required to offer one for me to buy.

His provided locking device is a zip tie
The FFL or pawn broker was correct. Due to the child protection act you must bring one in when you pick up the gun or he must sell or provide one.
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Nice score, please give a range report when you get some time.
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