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July 2, 2008, 07:14 PM
Yo, only 108 today out here.
It's a virtual cold front.
2) Yes, you must watch what chemicals you use or bye bye nickel.
July 2, 2008, 07:16 PM
The P.D. stamping should not decrease the value except for the finiky of purest who turn their nose at anything less than 99.9% . The stamping may actually increase the value to those who collect P.D. marked guns. Any 3&1/2" 27 will be highly prized. It is said to limit the exposure of Amonia solvents to Nickle finish guns as they are said to damage the finish. If used then removed quickly and there is no break in the finish, you should be OK. Brad
July 3, 2008, 06:11 AM
Avoid using cleaners like Hoppes No. 9, or anything that's a copper solvent or remover. The reason being is that a number of nickel and chrome guns first receive a base coating of copper plate, before the nickel or chrome plate is applied. Any porosity in the plated metal might allow for the copper solvent to get through, and then go to work on the copper plating beneath.
July 3, 2008, 09:42 AM
This Texican would buy that 27 in a heart beat. Enjoy it.
July 3, 2008, 10:03 AM
Smith & Wesson factory nickel never had a copper substrate.
July 3, 2008, 03:09 PM
A collector of Texas cop guns would pay extra. Most everyone else would see it as damage and would offer less. I have the same gun with a 5" barrel stamped for the Florida highway Patrol.
September 10, 2008, 02:01 AM
Is this gun good to shoot hot loads? I don't have to worry about it coming apart?
September 10, 2008, 02:18 AM
The 27 is built on the same frame (N) as the .44Mag...you won't hurt it, given that it is in good condition. It will outlast you with the hot stuff!
December 13, 2008, 05:04 PM
Just paid for it, and took it home TODAY!
December 13, 2008, 07:02 PM
Some would eschew a department marked gun, others (like a collector of PD guns) might pay a bit more. Tends to be a push in the end.
Avoid letting solvents remain on the finish for extended periods of time.