Pawn Shop Find


October 22, 2004, 03:04 PM
Took a trip down to Jacksonville (NC) to buy some lumber the other day and was surprised by the number of pawnshops down there. Picked up this nice little Taurus for $200. The finish is kind of corroded, and someone painted the sights a messy, godawful yellow and carved away one of the grips, but for that price I'm not complaining. Although dirty, it looks practically unfired! I loved me those cheap toys :D

So, anyone know how to clean the titanium finish? I've read that abrasives are a no-no, but there appears to be some kinda crud, like whatever the titanium version of rust is. I'm already trying to hunt up some new grips...

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October 22, 2004, 03:08 PM
This was a gun meant to be carried. The grips were carved out so they wouldn't catch on a speedloader. The sights were painted so they'd be quicker to pick up.

Personally, I'd leave the gun as-is. Once you know it's reliable, it should be a nice carry gun.

BTW, if you do want it fixed up some, call Tauraus. They may still cover this under warranty.

October 22, 2004, 03:27 PM
Yup, I know it was a carry gun and that's why it is how it is. Still I prefer to have new grips...don't carry speedloaders. My normal carry is a P32...I may keep this one around for occasions when I can slip it in a pocket, but other then that it's just gonna be a shooter. Either way, I like to keep my guns in the best condition that I can. Just because it's a carry piece doesn't mean I don't have to take care of it!

October 22, 2004, 05:04 PM
>>Took a trip down to Jacksonville (NC) to buy some lumber<<

Ah yes, reminds me of the good old days at Swamp LeGoon!! :)

October 23, 2004, 09:03 AM
Taurus website has downloadable manuals. They might provide info on care for special finishes.

October 23, 2004, 09:40 AM
You can download their revolver manual here:

The relevant section would seem to be:

Normal care and cleaning procedures can be used on Titanium revolvers
but under no circumstances should you use any abrasive material to
clean the front face of the cylinder, or any other part of the revolver, as
the use of such an abrasive material can remove the finish on the
cylinder, which is a protective layer, and this can greatly reduce the
service life of the cylinder and the revolver.

If you have any questions concerning the care, cleaning and use of your
Taurus Titanium revolver, do not hesitate to contact Taurus Customer Service
at (305)624-1115.

October 23, 2004, 03:04 PM
hehe...just came back from the range where I put a couple boxes of rounds thru the new Taurus. Man, does that thing have a sweeeeeeeeet trigger job!! WOOHOO, did I get a deal! Don't really care about the finish or anything else for that matter; this thing is a SHOOTER :D :D :D

October 27, 2004, 11:07 AM
If the frame is titanium you bight be able to buff out the scratches with something like a Scotch-Brite pad. I know tons of people who do that with titanium framed bicycles. Seems to work just fine. You might want to try it out on a small spot first to see if it will work.

Nice weapon, by the way. GREAT deal.


October 27, 2004, 02:56 PM
Some people have all the luck... Well done Max!

Master Blaster
October 27, 2004, 03:19 PM
Try some flitz metal polish using an old t-shirt or cotton cloth.

Its good for taking light rust off of blueing, and cleaning nickle so it might work.

October 27, 2004, 06:20 PM
I owned a Smith 340SC Scandium for awhile and it also had a titanium cylinder. Over time the cylinder got sooty, esecially up near the forcing cone. I simply left it alone, not wanting to disturb the special coating on the cylinder. Likewise, I would NOT want to attempt to rub, scrub, or use any abrasives or harsh chemicals on the titanium cylinder. Just leave it alone.

I also owned 2 Taurus revolvers (M85 and 605) and loved them both. You can buy an assortment of aftermarket replacement grips for your revolver and enhance its looks and shootability.

I toted my Taurus in an Uncle Mike's size 3 soft, flexible fabric pocket holster which held it in place and disguised the revolver outline.

Mighty fine.....small size, very light, and smooooth trigger, right price.....enjoy!

October 27, 2004, 07:46 PM
I would say one of the single most dangerous things I ever do is cruise the pawn shops with a couple hundred dollars in my pocket!

Nice find!

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