Heads Up: S&W Deals at CDNN


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Shade00
July 22, 2008, 02:05 AM
I'm sure many of you get CDNN's emails, but I just checked my mail and found this. Looks like they've got a batch of stainless S&W revolvers in varying conditions, and most available without the IL. Prices are good through Thursday at 7am. By the way, I am in no way affiliated with these guys, but there have been a deluge of threads lately asking about a good first revolver and these S&W trade-ins have been discussed heavily. Phone # is 1-800-588-9500. I wish I could afford to get a 67. :( Here is the text pasted from the email:

Smith & Wesson 66-1 357 Mag 4" Barrel Custom Matte Finish Red Ramp/White Outline Department Markings Excellent Condition
#SMI661U $329.99

Smith & Wesson 66-2 357 Mag 4" Barrel Stainless Wood Grips Red Ramp/White Outline Very Good Condition
#SMI662VG $329.99

Smith & Wesson 66-3 357 Mag 4" Barrel Stainless Wood Grips Red Ramp/White Outline Very Good Condition
#SMI663VG $329.99

Smith & Wesson 66-6 357 Mag 4" Barrel Stainless Red Ramp/White Outline Internal Lock Case Very Good Condition
#SMI66VG $349.99

Smith & Wesson 67 38 Special 4" Barrel Custom Matte Finish Adjustable Sights Wood Grips Excellent Condition
#SMI67C $299.99

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steveracer
July 22, 2008, 03:42 AM
Saw that! Best email I got all day!

Shear_stress
July 22, 2008, 07:39 AM
Saw that, too. Betcha those 66-1s are gone by noon today.

machinisttx
July 22, 2008, 01:30 PM
I bet they're beat to hell like the used M65's I bought from CDNN.

capttom
July 23, 2008, 03:03 PM
From machinisttx:

I bet they're beat to hell like the used M65's I bought from CDNN.


I've never ordered from the folks, but have mostly heard good things about them. I missed those M-65s and kicked myself for not ordering.

machinisttx
July 23, 2008, 05:15 PM
I've never ordered from the folks, but have mostly heard good things about them. I missed those M-65s and kicked myself for not ordering.

Enjoy some pics of what you "missed".

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0879.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0878.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0877.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0876.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0875.jpg

Note the poorly done replacement of the trigger pin and the lovely grind mark on the frame.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0874.jpg

And another one of the three guns ordered(all at the same time)
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0811.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0814.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0815.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0816.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0817.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0818.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0819.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0823.jpg

Hutch
July 23, 2008, 07:07 PM
machinisttx, you got some revolvers with real character there. Look at the bright side... it's not likely that anything you do to them could make them any uglier. Seriously, those look like the belong in a tacklebox or under the seat of your beater pickup truck. At the right price, they'd sell in a heartbeat. I imagine is stung a bit when you first got them, not knowing what to expect.

machinisttx
July 23, 2008, 08:51 PM
machinisttx, you got some revolvers with real character there. Look at the bright side... it's not likely that anything you do to them could make them any uglier. Seriously, those look like the belong in a tacklebox or under the seat of your beater pickup truck. At the right price, they'd sell in a heartbeat. I imagine is stung a bit when you first got them, not knowing what to expect.

I've already refinished one of the guns I bought(not pictured), but it took several hours of polishing with 600-1200 grit sandpaper. It's got some deep scratches that I wasn't able to get out, but looks 1000 times better now. I still need to go over it with some flitz.

trkyshootr
July 23, 2008, 09:13 PM
How did CDNN grade your revolver? Certainly it was not 'very good,' I hope.

Would like to see some after pictures, if you've got any to post.

Harry Paget Flashman
July 24, 2008, 12:09 AM
I just ordered a Model 65 from CDNN today for $312.97 shipped. It listed at $289.99. I've never gotten a bad deal from CDNN and if mine is as rough as those pictured it'll be a fun project to buff the scratches out.

slustan83
July 24, 2008, 12:15 AM
I'd also be interested to know how CDNN rated those. Those aren't the more recent "Very good to excellent" ones are they? I'd be absolutely appalled.

Just curious, since CDNN will not ship to New york at all!

Beagle-zebub
July 24, 2008, 12:30 AM
Is there any place where I can find pictures of the handgun ads from the latest print catalog? They don't seem to want to ship catalogs to Chicago. (Don't blame 'em.)

machinisttx
July 24, 2008, 02:34 PM
How did CDNN grade your revolver? Certainly it was not 'very good,' I hope.

Would like to see some after pictures, if you've got any to post.

IIRC, it was good to very good. These were the $289 ones--they were out of the better grade when I ordered.

This is the one I already refinished. It's still got some deep dings, but it no longer looks like it rode in the floor of a squad car for 200K miles. I'm probably going to have this one bead blasted and cut for moon clips---I may do the latter part myself.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0881.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0880.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/smith%20and%20wesson/100_0882.jpg

strat81
July 25, 2008, 03:32 PM
That IS quite an improvement! As much as I like nice stuff, sometimes it's good to have a beater gun.

Schmidlin
July 25, 2008, 06:17 PM
after seeing the before and after pics i dont see how you couldnt get one of those and just polish it up yourself. As long as it goes bang and holds together nice, thats a nice investment.

trkyshootr
July 25, 2008, 07:15 PM
Machinisttx, nice job, it now looks much better. I ordered a Model 66-2 yesterday. It's graded 'very good,' which I hope is a lot nicer condition than how yours arrived.

machinisttx
July 25, 2008, 10:13 PM
Machinisttx, nice job, it now looks much better. I ordered a Model 66-2 yesterday. It's graded 'very good,' which I hope is a lot nicer condition than how yours arrived.

My cousin stopped in earlier with the one he ordered a few days ago. It had a few little scuffs and scratches, but was a good looking gun. I didn't check the timing or anything else, so I can't comment on the mechanicals other than saying it had a decent feel to the action.

after seeing the before and after pics i dont see how you couldnt get one of those and just polish it up yourself. As long as it goes bang and holds together nice, thats a nice investment.

I don't know how many hours I spent with 600-1200 grit sandpaper...but it took at least 5 to get it looking like that. I still need to give it a good going over with flitz, which is probably going to add another hour or two. I also need to work on the cylinder stop a little to tighten the lockup.

The 65-3 pictured above(the one with the poorly replaced trigger pin) is loose as can be on five out of six chambers, so evidently one notch needs to be opened up and the stop refitted. Oddly enough though, there isn't any endshake to speak of. It will be finding a new home after I refinish it and fix the loose lockup.

19-3Ben
July 25, 2008, 10:21 PM
Is it just me, or did you polish the S&W symbol right off the side plate?

that would be a LOT of metal removal!!!!

rainbowbob
July 25, 2008, 11:49 PM
They don't seem to want to ship catalogs to Chicago.

Are pictures of guns illegal too? ;)

Beagle-zebub
July 26, 2008, 01:04 AM
Couldn't you just see CAGE arresting a CDNN reader on charges of conspiracy?

Mr.Revolverguy
July 26, 2008, 08:52 AM
The logo is on the other side, he did not polish it off.

zeke
July 26, 2008, 09:59 AM
They have very good deals on brand new 44 special n-frames.

MylesTN
July 26, 2008, 10:17 AM
I picked up the 66-1 from my FFL yesterday that I ordered on Monday.

The gun is tight and finish is in very good shape. A bit of wear on the rear sight ears.

The most interesting feature is that this is a transition gun. Recessed cylinder but unpinned barrel. I've not checked serial numbers but would guess production about 1982 based on model transition dates.

Harry Paget Flashman
July 28, 2008, 03:41 PM
My Model 65 from CDNN showed up today. For an advertised "Good to Very Good" condition I am sure satisfied. It has fewer scratches on it than I'd put on it after a dozen trips to the range. Mine didn't have any departmental markings on it but it did have the serial number electro-penciled(badly) on the bottom of the barrel under the cylinder rod. Fortunately it is out of sight. It came with a pair of Uncle Mike's square butt rubber grips. It appears to be in excellent condition mechanically. Seeing as how I am the one I have to satisfy I'd rate this as a very good buy.

Ontos
July 28, 2008, 05:24 PM
Good looking knockabout gun there Harry. And with some character too.

machinisttx
July 28, 2008, 05:36 PM
Is it just me, or did you polish the S&W symbol right off the side plate?

that would be a LOT of metal removal!!!!

Que?

The S&W logo is clearly visible on the left side of the gun. It was never on the sideplate.

johnnylaw53
July 29, 2008, 06:49 AM
You can always put a little work into an old revolver and make it look better as long as it still lock up tight and the price was right you can't go wrong. Now me it another story i can't polish out the signs of age and use on myself.

be safe

Thaddeus Jones
August 4, 2008, 09:55 AM
Well I picked up my CDNN 66 on Friday. I'm not too pleased.

I ordered a 66-3 in very good condition. I recieved a 66-2 that is all beat to hell, but labeled "very good", on the box :eek:. It didn't carry up on two cylinders, and someone who obviously knew not a lot about refinishing stainless, screwed this revolver up badly. The ejector rod wobbled like an exotic dancer, and there were dremel marks on the cylinder and frame. It had wood grips that I've not seen before, and were ill fitting.

After several hours with Scotchbrite pads and Mothers Mag polish on Saturday, and about $125 worth of parts, I got the 66-2 looking ok, and functioning properly. I shot it Sunday, and it shoots like a laser. I'll probably take it to the Greensboro gunshow, and try to get my money out of it, or trade it for a 66-3, or 66-4.

Needless to say, I don't intend to purchase another revolver from CDNN. YMMV.

SaxonPig
August 4, 2008, 10:20 AM
Ex-cop guns often look like Hell. Knowing this, the CDNN prices might be a tad high.

The last two cop guns I bought were a Model 569 from the Atlanta PD and a 2" Model 64 from the Corpus Christi PD. Both were scarred and nicked but both cleaned up to about 95% with some polishing. That's the good thing about stainless.

Before:


http://www.fototime.com/18A387E753927C0/standard.jpg


After:


http://www.fototime.com/1C758B07D0C2E58/standard.jpg


No before shot, but the 659 was horrible looking when it arrived and cleaned up pretty nicely:


http://www.fototime.com/08A98F1B2F331FD/standard.jpg

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