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colddeadhands
08-25-2009, 3:01 PM
A friend of mine brought me an old revolver a couple of days ago that his boys found in the staircase of and old house on their ranch, he asked me to see what i can do to clean it up. They had been spraying the gun with WD40 and wiping with a rag but that wasnt doing the trick. It looks to be 25-32cal I just want to get it cleaned up to maybe get some information off of it. any help its greatly appreciated.
I wasnt sure if this belonged here or gun smithing maybe mods can help.

Crusader
08-25-2009, 3:02 PM
Is it covered in rust, or just extremely dirty? If it's rust, I'm pretty sure WD-40 will not work. At least, not very well.

colddeadhands
08-25-2009, 3:10 PM
There is some rust, but they got most of it off with rags and WD40, it is black-ish now, all seized up and i cant find any markings I was hoping there might be a polish or something for it. I wish I could post pics but my computer is POS.

Tallship
08-25-2009, 3:28 PM
Try some Simple Green, full strenghth. That should hopefully get most of the crud off.

jdberger
08-25-2009, 3:29 PM
Start with Kroil to loosen rust. Then STOP.

Post pics.

Often enough a mighty nice collectable gun was ruined by a well intenioned cleaning.

olhunter
08-25-2009, 3:32 PM
Drench the thing in WD-40 or any penetrating oil and put it in a zip-lock for 2-3 days. Then try again. Won't hurt the finish.

colddeadhands
08-25-2009, 3:34 PM
k. thanks I'll try the simple green. and try to find kroil when I go to town. I'll try to post pics.

ZRX61
08-25-2009, 8:37 PM
Simple Green is corrosive.

colddeadhands
09-11-2009, 5:03 PM
I got some pictures of the gun together. the only markings I can see on it are on the bottom of the grip they read 34373. the barrel measures .30 and a cylinder measures .32. Any help with what kind of gun it is and how old would be appreciated. thanks.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/alexpotts/DSC00102.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/alexpotts/DSC00103.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/alexpotts/DSC00104.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/alexpotts/DSC00100.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/alexpotts/DSC00101.jpg

Sacjesusfreak
09-11-2009, 5:20 PM
Cool find!


What is that tool called that measures the bore?

i want one

sigfan91
09-11-2009, 5:30 PM
Cool find!


What is that tool called that measures the bore?

i want one

Caliper?

Turo
09-11-2009, 5:37 PM
Caliper?

Yep, and a pretty nice set too!

Cool find on the gun, I wish I could help identify it for ya, but I'm sure some of the gurus on here would know.

00BuckShot
09-11-2009, 5:43 PM
Sac...you lose your mancard!

OP-Nice find...Kinda looks like an old S&W 32 Spur Trigger...No. 2 Maybe Old Army?

00BuckShot
09-11-2009, 5:51 PM
Check out this link...pretty sure that what you got. Look how the serial number is stamped. An older model 2 it looks like. http://www.model2project.com/

SixPointEight
09-11-2009, 5:58 PM
Wonder if it was used to kill someone and then hidden...thats epic

colddeadhands
09-11-2009, 8:45 PM
Thanks that smith and Wesson looks like it.
I haven't touched it thinking it might be worth more in the condition it is in. Should I just clean it up?

El Gato
09-11-2009, 9:00 PM
Thanks that smith and Wesson looks like it.
I haven't touched it thinking it might be worth more in the condition it is in. Should I just clean it up?

carefully... some breakfree maybe and light rubbing and call it good... nice Smith there...

colddeadhands
09-11-2009, 9:10 PM
any one know where i can find out what it is worth?

justMike
09-12-2009, 1:28 PM
To remove the rust you can use Evapo-Rust. It might take a little time but it will eventually remove all and only the rust. Actually it will also remove the bluing that remains on your find also so you will want to check with authorities as to whether that is important to the value of your pistol. To me it just looks like a very cool artifact that I would like if the parts were free to move. The E-R should free the thing up. Try it on some other rusty stuff first you'll see that it's amazing.

Cato
09-12-2009, 2:01 PM
I'd drop it in a bowl of mineral spirits for an hour then take a tooth brush to it. Afterward generously apply CLR. If you don't mind affecting it's "collector's status/value" you might want to take a bronze brush to it and get that rust off.

jamesob
09-12-2009, 3:58 PM
any one know where i can find out what it is worth?
it's really not worth much, but it would make a really nice wall hanger.

Mark in CA
09-12-2009, 6:47 PM
This looks like an old No 2 Smith and Wesson in 32 rim Fire Long. You are missing the side plate and ejector. I would remove the wood grips before you soak the gun in anything. There are several commercial rust removers.

There is a nice article in September's Gun Report about boiling a rusted gun in rain water to remove rust. I'd try it on a few rusty nails first. You can't loose too much here as the gun is in such poor condition. Don't use sand paper or a wire wheel. Maybe some 0000 steel wool, which can't hurt.

colddeadhands
09-12-2009, 7:58 PM
thanks for all the good tips guys, for now I'm just waiting, he thinks he can get some money for it in the condition it is in. I just have to try and find out what it is worth.