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ELIXIR
09-13-2012, 1:36 PM
Whats up CG'ers.

My very first pistol I ever owned. A Smith & Wesson model 19-3. .357 Magnum. Got it when I turned 21 back in 2007.

I don't shoot it, its a safe queen 100%. This being my first pistol, I absolutely love it. In my opinion it has a lot of sentimental value. (its not like I can go to my LGS and buy the same model!)

Now, my question is, would it be worth it to reblue its finish? Money is not an issue, but will I ruin the "original" look of the revolver? I plan on not shooting it and keeping it in the family. It was made in 1972 and it shows finish wear in the barrel and also discoloring. There's a few minor scratches (that I hate seeing on it :mad:) on the frame by the screw. But for the most part its in great shape.

What are your opinions CG'ers? Soak me up with knowledge :43:

Black Majik
09-13-2012, 1:38 PM
No.

Akers
09-13-2012, 1:38 PM
I love it how it is! My vote is leave it.

kmca
09-13-2012, 1:41 PM
It's your gun, do what makes you happy. If you do decide to get it refinished, I'd send it back to Smith & Wesson, excellent work and reasonably priced.

shooting4life
09-13-2012, 1:56 PM
Leave it alone

Mr. Beretta
09-13-2012, 1:57 PM
Your gun...your money....your decision.


But since you asked, I think it's a complete waste of money to re-blue your gun. There's nothing wrong with the finish on your gun. If you ever sell it, knock off 25% of the value had you left it alone.

Spend the $$$ on ammo.

Good Luck!

TripleThreat
09-13-2012, 1:59 PM
What a great carry gun, I'd use it as such and leave it the hell alone.

Triple

ELIXIR
09-13-2012, 2:12 PM
yeah, 80% of me is saying not to refinish it. That's why I put it up on CG :)

jazman
09-13-2012, 2:38 PM
Don't refinish it, and don't let it sit gathering dust. That gun is made to shoot, go shoot the heck out of it!

ELIXIR
09-13-2012, 3:43 PM
Don't refinish it, and don't let it sit gathering dust. That gun is made to shoot, go shoot the heck out of it!

I have other toys I can shoot the heck out of!! :68:
For example my G19, I can literally abuse the heck out of it. If its time for a new G19 I can just go to my LGS and buy another! Simple!

Eyelawdoc
09-13-2012, 3:47 PM
I has a nice aged patina. Leave it be! :)

chickenfried
09-13-2012, 3:48 PM
That gun is screaming for a camo duracoat finish! :p

Why do you feel like reblueing it, pics look pretty good?

P5Ret
09-13-2012, 3:48 PM
I'd leave it the way it is, it looks fine. I have it's step brother in my safe in stainless. Love the grips by the way, might have to hunt a pair of those up.

Dutch Henry
09-13-2012, 4:13 PM
No. Leave it alone.

LMTluvr
09-13-2012, 4:19 PM
Theres something to be said about a weapon like that with a worn finish. It shows a history, a character of sorts. Its been places, spent a fair amount of time in a worn holster. Leave as is, my .01 (pennies just arent worth what they used to be)

stevie
09-13-2012, 4:29 PM
Leave it, looks fine

bsg
09-13-2012, 5:32 PM
nope.

InGrAM
09-13-2012, 5:47 PM
No it looks great the way it is.

hermosabeach
09-13-2012, 6:34 PM
I had a colt 1903 reblued
It ruined the look of the gun

If you do have it done, I would ask to see other customers guns that had been reblued

The one I came back with looks more like a plastic film than the original blueing

It is difficult to find folks who can come close to matching blueing on guns from the 50s, 60's and 70's

dfletcher
09-13-2012, 6:40 PM
I'd leave it alone.

It looks like the front screw holding down your rear sight to the top strap is backing out.

Virus55
09-13-2012, 6:45 PM
Pretty nice gun dude, ill follow...leave it alone

c good
09-13-2012, 6:48 PM
That is a perfectly aged 2 1/2", 19-3. I wouldn't do anything more than shoot it, clean it, and oil it. Very nice snubbie.....c good

ELIXIR
09-13-2012, 9:08 PM
I'd leave it the way it is, it looks fine. I have it's step brother in my safe in stainless. Love the grips by the way, might have to hunt a pair of those up.

Thanks. I got these from Badger. Badgergrips.com. Really nice wooden grips.

ELIXIR
09-13-2012, 9:10 PM
That gun is screaming for a camo duracoat finish! :p

Why do you feel like reblueing it, pics look pretty good?

It's just something I had in my mind. Wanted to spoil it. But now I know not to do it!! it has "life scars" and I will let it be. I'll pass on the camo duracoat! :p

M. D. Van Norman
09-13-2012, 9:23 PM
That old revolver is pretty much ruined. Itís almost worthless now, but since Iím generous and feel for your predicament, Iíll give you a hundred bucks for it. Okay Ö $150. You can consider it a favor. ;)

Somebody had to say it. :D

pyromensch
09-13-2012, 9:26 PM
when you posted this, i thught it had a lot of wear, and was going to post, "go ahead", but after looking at the pics, it looks just fine, except for the fingerprints :)

rkt88edmo
09-13-2012, 9:47 PM
Your gun, do whatchawannado.

I would definitely NOT refinish if that fine gun were mine.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
09-13-2012, 10:15 PM
It's your pistol... but if it were mine, I'd say it's nowhere near needing a refinish. Still looks pretty good IMO.

ELIXIR
09-13-2012, 10:20 PM
That old revolver is pretty much ruined. It’s almost worthless now, but since I’m generous and feel for your predicament, I’ll give you a hundred bucks for it. Okay … $150. You can consider it a favor. ;)

Somebody had to say it. :D

Hahaha! Sorry buddy. Not for sale! I know what type of revolver I have in my hands! Thanks for your lowball offer though! :)

BTW, I know your kidding.

TheHammerOfTruth
09-13-2012, 10:22 PM
Definitely leave it as is.

mycrstuff
09-13-2012, 10:33 PM
The gun looks good except for the finger prints. Are they permanent in the blue or do you just need to wipe off the gun?

Vz58man
09-14-2012, 12:03 AM
Beautiful gun. One of my favorites...If it was me I would leave it alone because it is such an old gun. Really cool...I'd put the factory grips back on though.

Nynvolt
09-14-2012, 3:06 AM
Mine is the six inch version with considerably more holster wear. If I could get it re-blued and maintain the original blued look, deep almost black, glassy smooth shine I'd probably do it. But I'm thinking it won't come out as nice so haven't bothered. They're beautiful guns even with a cylinder ring and holster wear. I like that some of that wear was from my dad enjoying his favorite gun anyway. If you want to, I'd love to see how it came out.

ELIXIR
09-14-2012, 6:16 AM
The gun looks good except for the finger prints. Are they permanent in the blue or do you just need to wipe off the gun?

No they're not permanent. I wiped it down before the pictures. Was really clean. I must have placed my fingertips on it when I was moving it to take the pictures.

phdo
09-14-2012, 6:22 AM
Leave it alone. Reblue-ing it will lose its value. The factory finish is always preferred by collectors.

kurac
09-14-2012, 8:38 AM
I would leave it as is, not just because it doesn't look bad but also because re-finishing it will pretty much make it not collectible.

Here are the economics, as is it, would probably bring $550-$600 on a good day, a high quality re-blue will be $150-$200, (just guessing here) when its done, the re-blue will not be like the original S&W job and the gun will not be worth more that $450

HowardW56
09-14-2012, 9:01 AM
Don't touch it... I have a 2Ĺ" Model 19-2, that I purchased new... leave it alone... It's just fine!

zfields
09-14-2012, 9:49 AM
Why? Looks pretty damn clean.

Fishslayer
09-14-2012, 9:57 AM
Leave it alone. It looks great as is.

Of course, it's your gun. If you want to diminish it's value significantly have at it.

ELIXIR
09-14-2012, 1:01 PM
I'm not going to reblue it. It was just a thought I had. It will be as is.

littlejake
09-14-2012, 1:09 PM
I'm not going to reblue it. It was just a thought I had. It will be as is.

You have chosen wisely. It's a beautiful S&W with a pinned barrel, FP on hammer. Nice barrel length too. Highly desirable S&W.

(I'll beat any offer M D VanN makes by $100!):D

ELIXIR
09-14-2012, 6:11 PM
You have chosen wisely. It's a beautiful S&W with a pinned barrel, FP on hammer. Nice barrel length too. Highly desirable S&W.

(I'll beat any offer M D VanN makes by $100!):D

Yea thank you. I really scored on this revolver. And I had no intentions of buying this when I was in the market for a pistol. I was just a noob with good taste :)

Sunday
09-15-2012, 12:19 PM
I like guns that have been used.

Fishslayer
09-15-2012, 2:58 PM
I'm not going to reblue it. It was just a thought I had. It will be as is.

You have chosen wisely.

^^^ This.

That's a beautiful classic revolver. They ain't makin' any more of 'em.;)

Ron-Solo
09-15-2012, 11:00 PM
No! Leave it alone.

1000stars
09-16-2012, 12:19 AM
If you are the original owner I would leave it alone since all the wear and tear are part of your history with this gun.

Otherwise send it to Smith and Wesson.

ELIXIR
09-16-2012, 10:13 AM
If you are the original owner I would leave it alone since all the wear and tear are part of your history with this gun.

Otherwise send it to Smith and Wesson.

I'm not original owner. Who knows where this particular revolver has been. I'm sure it has a very good history behind it.:chris:

HowardW56
09-16-2012, 10:25 AM
If you are the original owner I would leave it alone since all the wear and tear are part of your history with this gun.

Otherwise send it to Smith and Wesson.

Do you have any expierence with S&W Factory refisnish jobs?

I have a model 13-2 I'd like to re-blue....