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Good deal gone bad!!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bigtubby, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. bigtubby

    bigtubby Well-Known Member

    Good deal gone bad!! Pics Added

    Well I thought I got lucky today found a excellent condition both mechanically and cosmetically S&W 14-1 Got in a hurry going to look & possibly buy and forgot my screwdriver you can guess the rest of the story get her home pull the non factory grips and it is a factory refinish from April 1978. So looks like I got a nice 14-1 Shooter for $425.00 probably would have bought it anyways but I would have got a better deal!!

    I should have known the sideplate joint wasn't looking quite right and the logo stamp looked faint.




    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  2. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    I've been snookered on more than one occasion. Consider it a teaching moment, one you will survive. That won't help you feel better about the deal, maybe my empathy will :)
  3. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    At least you bought a nice shooter.
  4. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    Can you post picture of what you mean? I wouldn't know where to check for a factory refinish.
  5. bigtubby

    bigtubby Well-Known Member

    It is stamped in large letters "F S" = Factory Same, meaning factory refinish same finish as original, Blue. so it has the F S and then in smaller numbers a date code in this case 4 78 meaning April of 1978 and yes will post some pics for you tomorrow.
  6. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    At least it was done by the factory...
  7. JellyJar

    JellyJar Well-Known Member

    How much should a factory refinish gun like your sell for?
  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Actually, when a S&W revolver is refinished by the factory it takes very little away from the value if anything. It's not like it was a NIB revolver, it obviously has well well used if it needed to be refinished. I don't think you did bad at that price...
  9. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    Unless the refinish (which is 35 years old now) is itself in need of a refinish.
  10. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Still sounds like a good deal.
  11. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly. And a refinish done back then was probably very nicely done as they still had the old-school craftsmen there. Well done on a great wheelgun!!!!
  12. bigtubby

    bigtubby Well-Known Member

    I probably could have saved $50 on it had I known or maybe the seller would have just sold it to someone else at asking price. After sleeping on it I figure if it is a good shooter which I am sure it will be I did okay. After all the original magna grips are missing so that really hurts any collectibilty as well. It is a nice 4 screw .38 special target gun in good shape with factory bluing with cylinder and barrel all numbered to the gun.
  13. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    I have to agree with everyone else and say you still got a good deal on a great revolver. To me a factory refinish is definitely the best one to have and has obviously held up very well over the years. Enjoy your "like new" Model 14.
  14. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I picked up a Model 14 a couple of months back. Sweet gun.

    My daughter had wandered off to go buy some overpriced pecans at the gun show and came back saying "there is a model 14 over there for $425". It was the end of the show and the vendor was selling it for a buddy who needed the money. I didn't even dicker. (why beat up a guy who is bad enough off that he is selling his guns?)

    After an action job by Clark Custom I am into it for $550.

    If your gun is anywhere as accurate as mine you will LOVE it. It is somehow connected to your mind. You think where you want the bullet to hit and it does.
  15. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    thanks for posting though and sharing. cant wait for the pictures.
  16. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Sounds more like "Great deal gone good".

    Given history, it's only a matter of time till you'll be sayin' something like "... and I only paid $425 for it, a lot of money at the time but still..."

    I sure wouldn't have minded paying too much for perceived higher quality on many guns in the past if I could still have them today.
  17. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    I agree with the other posters regarding the effect a factory refinish has on the value of a firearm: very little if any (unless it was refinished after someone like Wyatt Earp owned it :eek:). Of course, it should go without saying that the original finish in the same condition is always preferable.
  18. Babarsac

    Babarsac Well-Known Member

    I don't think you got snookered at all. I've seen "original" S&Ws go for much more then that. Plus it was a factory refinish, not some home job.
  19. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Must had some serious corrosion requiring a lot of buffing. Usually S&W doesn't buff out the logo like that.

    First clue might have been the incorrect stocks. When one detail is wrong, I get suspicious there are others.
  20. bigtubby

    bigtubby Well-Known Member

    It came with rubber grips I didn't have a pair of diamond magna square butts to put on it. So I kind of new the grips weren't correct I was pretty sure S&W wasn't putting pachs on there guns in 1961. If you would have read the OP a little more carefully I said "pull the non-factory grips"

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