They found my gun, after 10 years! Recomd a WA state gunsmith?


May 9, 2007, 11:49 AM
The other week I get the mail, and notice one to me from the Seattle Police department. I open it up and apparently, they had found my gun that was stolen from my home over 10 years ago.

This week, I finally had the time to go to the evidence room at the police station to recover my gun. When I initially talked with the detective, he told me the gun was found in some landscaping near the Seattle University campus, and it appears the gun may have been buried there for as long as my gun has been missing, and, per his words " destroyed beyond any hope of reconditioning".

I picked up the gun yesterday, and the gun was in fact in bad shape (pics when I get home later tonight), it was completely taken apart, wheel housing and even grip all taken apart, the bullets were seized in the wheel housing and was covered in dirt, but all the parts were there. I take it anyways, so now I don't have to worry about my firearm floating around the streets and it was a gun given to me by my father, whom passed two years ago.

Anyhow, I get home, and start to polish it up, little bit of hot water to get rid of the dirt, some CLP break free, take apart the trigger housing and take out all of the dirt, CLP the bullets and after on tape with my hammer on the bullet catch get all 5 bullets out and wouldn't you know it, the detective was DEAD wrong! The gun was in incredibly great shape given the fact that it was in the ground for 9 years! the ONLY thing that had erroded beyond the finish, was all in the wheel housing, on one side (pics to come) the trigger was still smooth, and cycled the wheel. The frame is in the exact same shape I remember it in and polished up well. Even the barrel itself, after a once over with my boresnake and some CLP was in great condition. All I really need done is to swap out my wheel housing and have a spring replaced in the hammer because it sometimes does not catch and doesn't trigger the single action (wheel cycles, but trigger doesn't get pulled back, but it cycles just fine and single action effectively.

I'm hopefull and call one of the dealers not a mile away from me, Bear Arms. I ask him and he tells me he's not a gunsmith. But tells me that it'll cost at least 5 times what the gun is worth. I say " 1,500 dollars?" he says, or there abouts, and goes on to tell me what he has in stock comparible. I'm not interested in "another" 38, I just want this one fixed and further explain what I need done. " oh yeah, well it'll "probably" be 7-800 dollars.

My old gunsmith has since moved over to the other side of the mountains. So I'm looking for an honest gunsmith that'll do work on this old gun. It's a M88 Amadeos Rossi, 2" snub 38. It's not an M frame S&W, or custom Colt, but it means something to me. So I know it'll be like polishing a turd, but again, it's sentimental to me, and although I'm happy to have it back, i'd love to see it functional again.

Any recommendations of an honest gun smith in the Washington State area? All else fails I'll take him to my guy up north at Lynnwood guns. He's done some work on my AR's for me that I know is an honest guy, just wanted to see if anyone else here may know of someone else around here.

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May 9, 2007, 11:54 AM
Congrats! on the recovery. This gives me hope for the Colt Officers .45 enhanced, Colt government .380, Colt Dbl Eagle Officers .45 and S&W 625 that walked away in 1994.

May 9, 2007, 12:04 PM
Sounds to me like you actualy have the ability to do it yourself. Turn it into a project. Happy to hear that you recovered it. The pistol my father gave me ( once his) is one of my mos prized possesions. The other being the pistol my mother once owned.

May 9, 2007, 12:26 PM
I dont see how it could cost that much to repair, probably be able ti swap parts out with the newer made rossi snubs in that model I would think. Maybe he just said that so youd get a "real non rossi gun" gun from him.

May 9, 2007, 12:42 PM
Yeah, that is in fact what I believe his intentions are. He only seems to carry some of the more high end equipment and doesn't carry anything cheap there, so I was not too shocked. Says they only thing he may have "comparible" is a used Tauraus he just took in trade, but he doesn't have much if any used stuff, all new stuff.

I didn't even finish telling him what I needed done before he pulled that figure out of thin air. Which is fine, he's a good guy and a very nice shop and probably doens't have time for a no one like me. So I'm looking for some more sympathetic to my needs.

May 9, 2007, 12:49 PM
Congratulations on the recovery. Several years ago I had some guns taken from my home in Denver. Two (a .22 rifle given to me for my 8th birthday, and a SKB 150 SXS) had sentamental value and have never been recovered. The third was a colt huntsman that had been re-blued and was a great gun for blue grouse hunting. Anyway, one day I received a call from the Denver Police and they told me they had one of my guns and I could go pick it up. It was the huntsman. Fast forward to about five years ago and living in North Carolina. I had a kid down on his luck and a friend of my son living with us. Around the time he left I discovered four handguns missing. Didn't know where he went and have not seen him or the guns since. About a year later I get a call from an agent with the Secret Service. I thought the email jokes I had sent out about Clinton had finally caught up with me :uhoh: He asked if I owned a Kimber .45. I told him that it had been stolen. He said it was he had it and was being kept as evidence for a counterfitter. Cutting out the middle of the story here; the judge ordered it destroyed. The Agent tried to get that overturned and returned to me but no such luck. That sucked as it was a Kimber Pro Carry in stainless and was a retirement gift from me to me when I retired from the army. He notified me last year that it had been destroyed. The other three guns have not been recovered. (Colt Target that was part of my Grand Dad's estate, a Colt .25, and the Colt Huntsman that had been returned to me in Denver.) Hopefully, someday they will show up.

May 9, 2007, 12:49 PM
Try Grant Cunningham. Although he might not want the work himself, he might be of some help. Neat website, good guy.

May 9, 2007, 12:55 PM
The only gun the police ever recovered from a total of five stolen from me was found ten years after the fact , but was evidence in a murder trial and according to the homicide detective was recovered in a swamp in an unusable condition.Ser# filed off and the barrel removed, it was a Dan Wesson 357 I purchased when they first came out.They only contacted me to find out when and where a theft report hade been made.That was in 1994 and I havent heard any thing about it since.

May 9, 2007, 01:28 PM
You have an excellent gunsmith right in your back yard. Give a call to 'The Sightman', his number is in the yellow pages, and he's between Kent and Renton on 108th. He did some great work for me a couple of years ago, and his rates are reasonable. He may be fully retired by now, so give him a call.

When I last went by his shop, he was open three days a week, that is when he wasn't going deer hunting.

May 9, 2007, 01:30 PM
Funny you should mention it ED21, but that was essentially the same situation. I met a friend at a party that I had not seen since highschool. We mixed it up pretty good that night and the next thing you know, I had offered for him to stay awhile until he got back on his feet. A week later I came home to find that along with some food and clothes, my pistol, which was given to me by my father, was also stolen. I have never seen him since.

To make it all more creepy, I read the report of it being found, and it was found on the anniversary of my father passing, 2 years exactly of the day, February 6, 2007. And it took them close to 2 months before they finally notified me last week.

Bart Noir
May 9, 2007, 02:38 PM
Interesting story, Ari. And the Sightman may be retired but it is possible that somebody else is running that business. I vaguely remember hearing that at one of the gunshows. Worth a try.

I suggest you throw away any cartridges that you put CLP on. It would not be good to trust your life to a defensive pistol that has dead primers in the cartridges. And some cleaners will penetrate the cartridge and kill the primer.

Bart Noir
Who still calls the "wheel housing" by the old-fashioned name of "cylinder" ;)

May 9, 2007, 03:05 PM
LOL, I figured I wasn't being too technical with the terms. :-)

And NO, I will definately not be reusing any of those bullets. I may fling a few rounds down range with them later, but really going to be retired to my safe. I've got a good primary, secondary and third'ary (there goes those technical terms again ;-) ) CCW, and my wife is comfy with her Smith .38. So this doesn't have any new purpose, but rather sentimental value. I think it's one of the last significant gifts from my father, besides those that cannot be captured on film.

May 9, 2007, 03:06 PM
hey wait a minute, is that a magazine or clip? (TIC) :-)

May 9, 2007, 03:10 PM
Glad to hear your stolen property is returned and glad your fathers gift is yours again.
Not much help on finding a Smith in your area, but suer would like to see pics both in process of restoring and when done.
Good Luck and Safe shooting.

May 9, 2007, 03:16 PM
Yup, i got the pictures on my digital at home. I'll post them up as soon as I get home. It's pretty amazing really. i wasn't expecting much at all, I was expecting to see half a barrel erroded away, but not the case. Imagine all of the chemicals from landscaping, and all the rain we get here in Seattle, for over 10 years! But the gun is actually in prestine shape. Frame and everything. It even cycles smooth. Not bad for a $300 Brazilian Rossi revlover.

May 9, 2007, 03:19 PM
I understand that after he left my place that people had seen him around that area of the city living with other low lifes. then I hear he pissed off some other people and fled to live with his father in Canada. so I'm assuming after he was not able to sell it to anyone that he hid it there knowing he wouldn't make it over the boarder with it, and never came back for it. don't even know if he's alive anymore.

I think my pops found it for me to have back. He literally took his last breath a stone throws away from where it was found ( Swedish Hospital ) Seattle University is across the street.

May 9, 2007, 03:51 PM
Have you tried contacting Taurus/Rossi for parts?

Glad to hear your old man got your gun back for you. Might be worth visiting the cemetery to say thanks. ;)

Sam Adams
May 9, 2007, 04:00 PM
Have you tried contacting Taurus/Rossi for parts?

Parts, schmarts! Contact Rossi and tell them that in exchange for them completely reconditioning the gun, you'll let them use the gun in any ads that they'd like, for the purpose of illustrating their high quality, customer satisfaction, etc. That'd be a win-win situation.

Also, what corrosion protection did you use on it before it was stolen? That company may also help you out in return for using the gun in an ad.

May 9, 2007, 04:07 PM
To make it all more creepy, I read the report of it being found, and it was found on the anniversary of my father passing, 2 years exactly of the day, February 6, 2007.
Not creepy at all. Amazing, wonderful, and intriguing.
I wish my Dad could find the 3 that were stolen from my home. Congrads.

Might be worth visiting the cemetery to say thanks.
I gotta agree on that one. It might be worth a trip to the range first and take the pistol to the gravesite with you. Might be nice to give your Dad a range report for his efforts. Good story.

May 9, 2007, 04:19 PM
I probably should. I haven't visited him since we put him there over two years ago. I'm still healing from it. first year was rough as I remember trying to call him before forgetting he's gone.

I remember the day he gave me the gun, he came over by himself in the middle of the day and told me he has something for me. I'm the youngest of 5 children and naturally I was his baby, and was used to being taken cared of, wether it be my father or my older brothers. He was constantly making sure I had food to eat, enough money, etc. He came inside, sat me down and told me "You are a man now son, you have to learn take care of your own self and your family, no one else will do it for you now.". then carefully handed me the gun case.

The first couple nights alone in my home when I first bought my home, I was scared of every little noise I heard, when the truth of his words finally hit me. Who am I gonna run to? My wife? My Chihuahua? My father was all the way across town. I AM the man of THIS house now. If there is any danger out there, it has to get by ME first. From that day forward, I did not regard "bumps in the night" in that regard ever again. Rather, I knew it was my own responsibility now.

May 9, 2007, 05:55 PM
He came inside, sat me down and told me "You are a man now son, you have to learn take care of your own self and your family, no one else will do it for you now," then carefully handed me the gun case.
Keep it. Yes, I know, you were going to anyway.

Keep it. Even if it never shoots again, there's just no price you can put on that.

What an incredible gift.

In a world where men have forgotten who they are, he gave you trust, responsibility, and a duty all at the same time.

Every so often I get to hear a story like this about a man I'll never meet.

And, in spite of that, he has my full respect.

May 9, 2007, 06:10 PM
Awesome story with an awesome ending.

Sam Adams may be right. I know if I were them I'd hook you up. Great PR for a little, drop in the bucket refurb job.

Here's their info:
Rossi Customer Service-
Call your Customer Service Team when you have questions or are seeking product advice. Their knowledge of the firearm industry and your past purchase history allows them to make the best possible product recommendations for you.

Phone:(305) 474-0401
Fax: (305) 623-7506
Mailing Address:
16175 NW 49 Ave.
Miami, FL 33014

May 9, 2007, 06:48 PM
I agree with seeing if rossi take care of it for you.

and just to give you another option C.A. has on onsite 'smith. its a nice range and they seem to be nice guys.

Champion Arms
Indoor Shooting Range
18801 East Valley Hwy.
Kent, WA 98032

"probably doens't have time for a no one like me. So I'm looking for some more sympathetic to my needs."

lol, I dont know about that man. In my mind that translates to, no time for me= none of my money for you.

May 9, 2007, 11:31 PM
Here are the pic's
again, here is the worst hit portion of the gun, the cylinder was the only part of the gun that actually started to deteriorate.
But again, not too shabby for having spent 10 years in the dirt under Seattle conditions (rainy) and having tons of chemicals dumped on it for being planted in the landscaping of the Seattle University campus.

May 9, 2007, 11:46 PM

May 9, 2007, 11:52 PM
.....WOW. that is not bad for having spent 10 years in the dirt.

May 10, 2007, 12:51 AM
I agree with sending it to Rossi. One thing that worries me a little is the hand notches in the cylinder. If they've rusted out to the point of enlargement you may have timing/locking problems.

You mentioned the bore being bright, but you said you had to drive out the cartridges from the cylinder without describing the status of the chambers. If the chambers have rusted, you may have extraction problems since the cases will tend to expand into the pitting, if any. (It's surprising how a little roughness or a burr or even dirt can affect extraction when you're trying to jack out six cases at once.)

If you want to tinker with it yourself, get a copy of Nonte's gunsmithing book or something equivalent. Numrich arms may have suitable parts, but with the other potential problems, you may not be able to ever fire it again.

Contact Rossi with the pix and bounce it off them.

Great story with a happy and teasingly mysterious ending.

May 10, 2007, 01:11 AM
Story of this gun is great. I think you should send the pics and the story behind the gun to Rossi, and ask them if they can help you. If I was them, I would fix it for free.

May 10, 2007, 01:11 AM
I would most definitely want the entire cylinder assembly replaced. I'm taking it to a local smith that wanted to take a look at it.

May 10, 2007, 01:39 AM
Incredible. Amazing how the soggy NW barely put a "dent" in it. It cleaned up a lot nicer than I'd have expected.

May 10, 2007, 03:52 AM
It's not an M frame S&W, or custom Colt, but it means something to me
And that's what counts. Great story and it is amazing how well it cleaned up, and how little some crucial areas were damaged. Bet that cop would be surprized to see it now too!


May 10, 2007, 06:21 AM
Boy, either you had it well oiled when they stole it, or else Rossi puts one heck of a finish on them.

May 10, 2007, 07:30 AM
My plan store my extra stuff, Ithink I will just dig a hole and through it in:neener:

May 10, 2007, 07:45 AM
A very little understood fact is that items deteriorate much more slowly when buried that when left above ground. There is far less oxygen to perpetuate the oxidation process. Burying the thing was much more protective than if the had simply dropped it into some brush and you located it 10 years later. That would destroy it for certain.

I recall when I was about 5 years old, many of the farmers used to bury the fruit crops that they could not store. They would dig a deep pit, line it with straw, place the fruits in baskets, cover with a sheet of wood to keep from crushing the fruits, then cover with dirt and straw.

After the spring thaw, they would dig them up...still fresh, juicy and tasty.


May 10, 2007, 08:53 AM
A very little understood fact is that items deteriorate much more slowly when buried that when left above ground. There is far less oxygen to perpetuate the oxidation process. Burying the thing was much more protective than if the had simply dropped it into some brush and you located it 10 years later. That would destroy it for certain.

Hm! Good point! Thank you, Doc2005!

Maybe Delta53 can throw his guns in a hole ;) with a couple of clumps of degreased steel wool to consume the localized oxygen, leaving the guns oxygen-free --that is, in an almost pure nitrogen atmosphere.

Anyone ever do something like this, with the valuable steel items in a sealed container so the oxygen attacks the steel wool first and gets "used up" before it gets to the valued items?

I wonder if this might be a method worthy of recommendation for long-term storage.


May 10, 2007, 09:02 AM
Just order a replacement cylinder from Numrich Gun Parts and replace it yourself.

May 10, 2007, 10:46 AM
DJ's loan in bothell. I haven't had any work done there, just
discussed some work, but the guys there are friendly and seem to
really know their stuff. Don't be scared by their name, they're a gun
shop posing as a pawn shop, not the other way around. Seriously, 95%
of the store is a gun store, and the have a little rack with a stereo
and a chainsaw or two, so I guess that's why they call themselves a
pawn shop. They do gunsmithing and they came highly recommended from
Sam's Guns in Lynnwood, when I asked about smithing for my SA

Good luck! It's got to be better than Christmas to have your late
father's revolver returned to you. What better way to celebrate your
father's memory than to restore his handgun. I'm sure he's smiling at
you from the after life. Good luck in your endeavor!

May 10, 2007, 11:00 AM
Congrats on getting it back!!
I'm impressed on how well the frame held up under the conditions. Even with the crud on it, there's hardly a mark. I'm interested in why the wheel was so much worse than the frame. Different quality(out-source) metalurgy, maybe? You should have gotten a lot of picts of it on a solid color background before cleaning it. Should Rossi decide to hook you up for promo picts, that would have helped them a lot. Even then, they should be proud of the way that product held up.

El Barto
May 10, 2007, 11:06 AM

At first, I thought that you had a second gun to show what the first was supposed to look like.

It's good to see that it came back to you.

Outlaw Man
May 10, 2007, 11:24 AM
Wow! That cleaned up very well.

Congrats on getting your gun back. That's an awesome story for sure. Good luck getting it fixed. I hope it stays with you this time.

May 10, 2007, 11:26 AM
I'm a total gun geek and it was meticulously cleaned and lubed wether it'd been shot or sitting, and I've always used BreakFree CLP.

BTW, yes, in fact that is where I am taking the gun this afternoon. To DJ's. I frequent there often and they do have a great selection. I told him about the gun's story and he was very interested in checking it out himself.

May 10, 2007, 11:34 AM
Story of this gun is great. I think you should send the pics and the story behind the gun to Rossi, and ask them if they can help you. If I was them, I would fix it for free.

I absolutely agree. What better for their reputation than to A) show how durable their guns are that they can go through what yours did and get it to function again with just a little effort and B) show themselves to be a friend of gun owners and will go the extra mile to help people that purchase their product.

Heck, if they did fix it for you, epscially free, I would be tempted to pick up one of their guns.

May 10, 2007, 12:21 PM
I came across one of these ads a very long time ago. Check this out, and perhaps bounce a copy over to Rossi along with your story. It's extremely compelling stuff.

I will say, that pistol cleaned up really well! Congrats!


May 10, 2007, 01:37 PM
what, no pictures of the bullets when you got them out?

May 10, 2007, 02:08 PM
no problem, I'll snap a few of it later tonight. Still have them.

May 10, 2007, 02:28 PM
I wonder if they declared the gun damaged beyond serviceability so you wouldn't have to go through a background check to get it back... or did you?

This really is a fascinating story.

May 10, 2007, 02:44 PM
i am impressed! and especially happy for you knowing it belonged to your father, and it's back in the family where it belongs now :)

May 10, 2007, 05:04 PM
Nope, I still had to go through the usual background check regardless. Cleared in an hour and got to drive 45 minutes back to pick it up.

May 10, 2007, 10:47 PM
pics of the bullets, and some more pics of the guts. I found the culprit, and now all I need is a hammer spring and I'm in business. I think I may keep the cylinder as is, sorta gives her character, and after some more TLC, she's as smooth as I remember her. She's headed to the range this weekend.

May 10, 2007, 11:10 PM
wow, thanks gang. I just checked out Numrich and ordered the cylinder for alot less then having it replated, and I also ordered the spring I needed too! Pops will be proud of me, he was always a do it yourselfer type, real handy, and I've always been lazy or scared to do it myself. thanks again all!

May 10, 2007, 11:19 PM
No, thank you for a great story and great pics.

May 11, 2007, 12:03 AM
Great story, and congrats. Cleaned up very nice, as everyone says.

I had a gun stolen once... the policeman said "even if it is found, I doubt you would want it back". Judging from some of the posts, I guess if I'm super lucky it will turn up in about 4 years or so.

May 11, 2007, 01:11 AM
Great story! And, nice of SPD to return it to you. In other cities, I imagine they'd melt it down to make a swing set or some such nonsense.

May 11, 2007, 07:47 AM
I wouldn't use that pitted cylinder. Remember, that's where the bullets go bang. You cylinder has to be in it's best shape to contain the explosive power of the round. If you do keep it, don't fire the gun with it. Those pits looked pretty deep in the photos.

May 11, 2007, 09:22 AM
Excellent.. Glad it has returned home..

Did the PD do a background check to make sure you didn't go bad after 10 years :eek:

May 11, 2007, 10:45 AM
I had it inspected by two local respected gunsmith's that claim the cylinder would be fine for use after close inspection, but as I stated above, a new cylinder has been ordered through Numrich and is on it's way, along with a new sear and spring.

And once again, yes, background check was MANDATORY for the release of the firearm, which I cleared very quickly. Wether the gun is functional or not, they handle it as any gun transfer around here.

May 11, 2007, 10:51 AM
Is that stainless? Looks like it but it's hard to tell from the pictures.

Rossi makes a better gun than they get credit for IMHO.

May 11, 2007, 11:37 AM
I'm pretty sure it is, I think I remember one of the smiths' looking at it said it was. He was absolutely amazed by it's condition and goes on to say, that lucky it's a Smith and Wesson ( I had brought it in with my blue Smith and Wesson plastic box) I proudly said nope, it's a Rossi, and he had to do a double take and so did a few other guys around the counter " Well I'll be dammed" other guy says in the background "hell I told you they were good guns!"

May 11, 2007, 11:47 AM

Working Man
May 11, 2007, 12:47 PM
Great story with a great ending.

You really should send the detective a picture of how well it turned out.

May 11, 2007, 01:09 PM
Sounds like they're trying to encourage people to just let them destroy whatever they get in. Classic SPD.

I'm tempted to ask where Kerlikowske's gun is, but I don't feel like digging that hard for the joke.

May 14, 2007, 08:15 AM
Maybe a few photos of it up and running are due to R. Gil Kerlikowske!
Great ending to a long 10 year story.

May 14, 2007, 08:45 AM
Funny, the round you showed looked like a .38 S&W, not a .38 Special.

May 14, 2007, 11:39 AM
Yeah, I know. They did look really perculiar to me when I pulled them out. Then again, I didn't have the gun last, so who knows what idoticy went on before hand. I could have sworn I had hollow tips in it last. The round did look rather short, I'm going to have to check that out again, good catch!

May 14, 2007, 11:42 AM
I told him I would fix it, he kinda told me, " ahh, good luck with that..." LOL.

May 16, 2007, 11:52 AM
The gun looks a lot better now. GJ.

Henry Bowman
May 16, 2007, 12:32 PM
I'm tempted to ask where Kerlikowske's gun is, but I don't feel like digging that hard for the joke.Same crossed my mind. :evil: Gotta keep to the high road. ;)

Ari, if you need any other recommendations for a good and honest local gunsmith, call Richard McCann at McCann Industries in Spanaway (253-537-6993) He will know who's honest (he is) in the south Puget Sound area. Mention that "Glenn in Cincinnati" told you to call him. :cool:

May 16, 2007, 07:33 PM
there is a gun smith who works at federal way discount guns, sorry can't remember his name

May 17, 2007, 11:42 AM
At the advise of some of our members I went to Numrich and ordered the parts that I needed to fix my gun. and for ALOT less then what I was quoted by one of the smiths. The gun smith at DJ's said it would be about 220-250 to fix as he stated he would need to "re time" the cylinders, etc ???? Luckily, he was going on vacation and would not be able to work on it until June 1st, lucky for me because had he taken it, I would have had him do the work. But I took another look at it and realized it was only a bad sear spring. So I ordered the spring, and upon noticing that the guy who stole it also put the wrong bullets in it (.38 S&W round instead of .38 specials) I went ahead and also ordered a new Cylinder assembly. In less than 10 minutes, and less than $60 in parts I had them swapped out and the other day I took it to the range and it is in fact in perfect running shape! Not a single hick up! I simply dropped the cylinder assembly into the gun and it worked fine, so I don't know what that gun smith was talking about having to "re time the cylinder". Sounds like snake oil to me now.

Once again, thanks to all for the help!

Fish Miner
May 17, 2007, 12:23 PM
Can you post the finished pic's? This is a great story:)

May 17, 2007, 02:04 PM
Those CARTRIDGES you removed from the cylinder were .38S&W Shorts.

May 17, 2007, 02:36 PM
Call Ben's loan in Renton. They are a really good shop. They may be able to help.

May 17, 2007, 04:56 PM
You mean the police had the opportunity to run ballistics and see what crimes this gun was used in and did not do it?

How can this be? :rolleyes:

May 17, 2007, 05:30 PM
From what I understand, a cylinder can be out of time (chambers not lining up right with the barrel) but it sounds like you were lucky and the new one dropped right in. I'm by no means an expert on the subject.

Cool project! I'm glad it worked out for you. Most people are intimidated by stuff like that and don't realize what they can do on their own just by learning a little about it.

This gives me a little hope that someday my 4" model 29 S&W will turn up.

May 17, 2007, 09:21 PM
Ari, I'm sorry that your gun was ever taken from you and glad to see it returned home. It's amazing that is is cleaning up so well and being able to function and I can't wait to see the range report.

Also, I have not been inside any revolvers but from the open frame shots that were posted the lockwork looks identical to most Smith and Wessons. Just how closely did Rossi copy their mechanism? This example looks very serviceable and "tune-able" if you felt the effort was worth it.

May 17, 2007, 09:36 PM
Hey Sean,
I'm really not too familiar with the inner workings of the Smith's, this is the only wheel gun I've ever owned. But I have considered adding another Smith and Wesson wheel gun to the collection some day.

I will post up some follow up pictures tomorrow morning when I get back home. I'm currently away for work but will get home tomorrow morning.

I'd like to get the finish polished up a little. Anyone know of a polish or polish wheel I can use to buff out some of the scratches?

Working Man
May 18, 2007, 02:36 PM
Glad it turned out so well. I hope you keep the pitted cylinder as it adds to the story.

May 18, 2007, 04:24 PM
Here are the updated pics with the new Cylinder. She's got a few scratches from when I was cleaning her, but I'm hoping I can take most of the out with some sort of polish wheel of some sorts (suggestions??), and she'll be like new! Ain't too bad now. I'm considering CCWing her now.

Working Man
May 18, 2007, 10:59 PM
Wow.... very nice..... that's a great pic with the old cylinder below it.

Good on me, I just realized I have the same model.... If I was not going to
keep it before (yah right) I sure as heck am keeping it now.

As others have said you should contact the company with the story and pics.

I always wanted to do that after I smashed up my old Chevy and she still ran great.

May 19, 2007, 01:44 AM
Not to be a killjoy....
I find it kind of strange that the cops would return a
LOADED firearm.
Why didn't they remove the ammo?:confused:
Other than that,glad you got your gun back!

May 19, 2007, 02:07 AM
Found in Van Nuys, lodged against an abutment. It cleaned up amazing well.

Ian Sean
May 19, 2007, 04:01 AM
Very great story and happy your heirloom is returned to you!:)

As for polish...I have used "Flitz" on all things metal for a while now, it is very mild and makes a nice shine...I use it on my reloading dies...and brass. Even on a few rough rifle chambers.

Good polish for "buffing out" light scratches. Should do the trick for you in this case.

I am still awed by those pics. and how well it came out.:what:

May 19, 2007, 08:35 PM
Quick Draw, yeah, I thought the same thing. But it was because the cartridges were rusted into the cylinders. Which is why I had to replace the cylinders.

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