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Old 02-11-2024, 05:47 PM
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First Pinto I had ever seen for sale. Not in perfect shape - original grips but pretty beat up and underside of trigger guard is scratched up a bit.

Box and papers, timeline maybe 1970.

Hopefully factory original, but only time, patience and a letter will tell. I overpaid if it isnít, underpaid if it is - but have decided that itís pretty and Iíll enjoy it either way.

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Old 02-11-2024, 05:57 PM
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I like it. If that is the original box though I think the factory would have indicated it to be blue and nickel. The nickel screws and thumb piece suggest that someone outside the factory put it together as I don't remember other pintos having those. . . .although I haven't seen that many and am certainly no authority on them. I like it anyway and would have snagged it too if the price was at all reasonable.

Edit: Saw the box label later with the B/N, did the factory indicate two different finishes with those letters?

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I like it. If that is the original box though I think the factory would have indicated it to be blue and nickel. The nickel screws and thumb piece suggest that someone outside the factory put it together as I don't remember other pintos having those. . . .although I haven't seen that many and am certainly no authority on them. I like it anyway and would have snagged it too if the price was at all reasonable.

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The box shows B/N.
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Old 02-11-2024, 06:03 PM
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The box shows B/N.
Yes, noticed that and edited my comment but I don't remember in the one or two boxes, or letters, I've seen that the finish was indicated that way. Maybe, hope so. A letter will confirm for sure. Good luck.

Edit: Checked a few known factory pinto pictures and some do have nickel thumb pieces although I didn't see any with nickel screws. I did remember, what I couldn't think of in my first comment, that the factory usually referred to the finish as "two-tone."

2nd Edit: Did a little more checking, found a picture of a box with finish showing B-N (and this one, a J frame, also had nickel screws), another with B.N. and an earlier one with a nickel sticker added to a box labeled "blue" so apparently the factory had several ways of identifying two-tone finish on boxes.

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Is there any kind of back story or tale behind the Pinto guns? Who came up with them, when, any kind of why?
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Old 02-11-2024, 06:42 PM
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I agree the screws look nickel in the photo, but Iím not sure they are. They may just be blue and shiny - hard to tell.
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Is there any kind of back story or tale behind the Pinto guns? Who came up with them, when, any kind of why?
Here's a link to an earlier, much earlier, thread discussing two tone finishes.

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This model 19 looks well used and well loved, I like it!
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Cool piece! I think it’s legit.
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Great thread and lots of stunners but no real answers as to how these came about.
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I hope its legit for you.

Only concern I have is my 14-3 box the end sticker was put on upside down. Yours appears right side up.
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I hope its legit for you.

Only concern I have is my 14-3 box the end sticker was put on upside down. Yours appears right side up.
That and the writing seems to have all been done by the same person with the same pen although I'm no handwriting expert either. Only a letter will tell us for sure.

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I hope that it letters as a pinto. Here's a box and gun for a factory lettered 19-1 pinto...





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The label corners are too rounded, trimmed by hand ( I've seen a lot of these off of flea-bay with square corners)and there is no light blue S&W logo in the background. Plus the aforementioned right side up positioning. And it's hard to tell from the photo, but the box appears to be newer than the gun. A dash 3 box should have print on the inside of the lid. I believe the box to have been "created" for this gun. However, the gun may still be legit. Only a letter will let us know for certain.

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