Question on a Smith & Wesson 27-2 P.D. stamped


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Min
July 2, 2008, 07:01 PM
I just put down a deposit on Smith and Wesson 27-2, with 3-1/2" barrel and nickel finish. It is stamped Austin PD.

1) Does the Austin PD stamp hurt the guns value? It is a beautiful pinned and recessed gun with little wear.

2) Do I have to watch out for any gun cleaning solvents that could damage the nickel finish?

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GUNKWAZY
July 2, 2008, 07:14 PM
Yo, only 108 today out here.
It's a virtual cold front.

1) Yes
2) Yes, you must watch what chemicals you use or bye bye nickel.

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

gsw-survivor
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

bannockburn
July 3, 2008, 06:11 AM
Min

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.

csmkersh
July 3, 2008, 09:42 AM
This Texican would buy that 27 in a heart beat. Enjoy it.

bshepherd
July 3, 2008, 10:03 AM
Smith & Wesson factory nickel never had a copper substrate.

SaxonPig
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.

Min
September 10, 2008, 02:01 AM
Is this gun good to shoot hot loads? I don't have to worry about it coming apart?

Jst1mr
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!

Min
December 13, 2008, 05:04 PM
Just paid for it, and took it home TODAY!

SaxonPig
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.

Here's a 5" 27-2 stamped Florida Highway Patrol.

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