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advice-flat latch j frame...refinish or not?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Guillermo, Nov 9, 2012.

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  1. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

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    Greetings

    I picked up an old J frame...really cheap

    The question is do I keep it as a beater?
    sell it?
    bead blast and blue?
    sent to Ford's?

    Understand that I am not a J-frame guy.

    If it were a K-frame....:evil:

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  2. Quoheleth

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    Everyone, almost, needs a j-frame.

    Answer one: Keep it.

    Answer two: Leave it as-is. Make it your beater, go to the store late at night gun that you don't care if the keys scratch it up, or the truck door whacks it getting out.

    Answer three: If you refinish it, skip the bead blast and go the full monte and get it redone at Smith & Wesson. See the recent thread on the Bud's Model 10.

    My two cents' opinion. Refunds given on request.

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  3. Guillermo

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    I guess there is a fifth option

    I could let Old Fuff loose and "fitz" it

    He has been begging to chop up one of my guns!!! :cuss:
     
  4. Quoheleth

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    If you're going that far, send it here and I'll babysit it until you come to your senses...

    :neener:

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  5. Guillermo

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    I know you say that but...I am trying to figure out what I will use it for...I mean unless you pocket carry...I can use a K-frame instead.

    And except for concealment...a K frame does everything better than a J frame
     
  6. Quoheleth

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    Well, it is a few ounces lighter ;)
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  7. Guillermo

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    I think 1956

    the Standard Catalog of Smith shows 1955 ending at 75000 and 1957 starting at 117770

    this one is 948XX

    One needs better research sources than I to be sure.
     
  8. Guillermo

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    BTW

    the Model 19 is a K-Frame therefore perfection

    NEVER...EVER pass a K for a J.
     
  9. ArchAngelCD

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    I would either carry it daily as is or send it to S&W for Bluing. (is it really re-finishing if it's done by the original factory?)
     
  10. Guillermo

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    Archangel

    I understand what you are saying about refinishing...but Ford's does great work.

    In your experience, would you chose Smith over Ford's?
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    I've never seen any of Ford's work other than pictures but I have seen and held S&W's work. I can not believe how great the S&W work is and the revolver looks like the day it was made when they are done. (not like today's work, like it was back in the 40's) I'm sorry I can't tell you which is a better choice.

    As a matter of fact, there is a thread active on the forum right no showing what S&W can do with a M10.
    Take a look... http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=684109
     
  12. Guillermo

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    yeah...I saw that Model 10.

    Looks amazing!!!
     
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  13. skidder

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    Is that your phone number on the side :confused:. Gee... are we that desperate for a date. ;)

    I would get the bead-blast bluing and use it around the house. I had one done on an old Security Six and it made it look brand new. The bead-blast will cover over a multitude of sins.
     
  14. Guillermo

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    not me...YOU are the one that lives in Montana!!!
     
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    Dang... That hurt! Now everybody knows :eek:

    Here is the one I had done. Cost $125 and seems to hold up pretty good.

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  16. skidder

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    I think a bead-blast would look pretty sweet on that J-frame. I would have preferred the high-polish, but the gunsmith told me it would have cost a lot more because of the condition of my gun.
     
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  17. ColtPythonElite

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    Bead and blue if it costs no more than 100 bucks.
     
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    I would have it refinished, either by S&W or Fords. I have seen examples of their work and the polishing and bluing look fantastic. Would go with a bright blue finish as I think it would look more period correct versus a matte bead-blasted finish.

    Now if I was going to put it into the regular rotation for CCW, I would consider getting it hard chrome plated, probably by Ron Mahovsky of Metalife.
     
  19. Jim Watson

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    For $125, the Skidder Solution looks awful good. Especially if done by a COMPETENT local shop so you don't get eaten up by Fedups.
     
  20. PRM

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    LOL - No argument on there being a difference in shooting a K VS the J frame. As an LEO I have owned, carried and shot both since the 70s. They are performers with a slight edge going to the larger K frame as far as smoothness. The flat spring VS the coil spring definitely has a different feel. And for most, the larger K frame VS the J frame with standard grips fits larger hands better.

    However, I have also been partial to the smaller J Frame for back-up and off duty carry. There is a difference, especially if your using an ankle holster. Over that time I used IWB, OWB, shoulder holsters, and ankle holsters... The J frame just works for me. With practice it is an accurate piece that will definitely do what it was designed to do.

    I recently picked up a like new, 1977-1978 mfg 3 inch heavy barrel Model 36-1. This little gun is a pure pleasure to shoot. The 3 inch barrel carries as easy as the shorter barreled versions and the extra sight radius picks up easier with my older eyes in play.

    As far as the OPs question on his flat latch. Looks like what you have is a functional early Model 36. In its condition - it really doesn't have a lot of high dollar collector value. If it was me, I'd have to bring it back to its former glory and do the full restoration from a reputable smith. David Chicoine has been working on my guns since the early 80s and has even custom built a couple for me www.oldwestgunsmith.com He is reasonable on cost and is one of the best. In fact, if you have a vintage S&W and call the factory - Dave is who they will refer you to.

    As far as cost - you may save a few bucks on the bead blast over the nicer blue. Over the time you will probably own the gun, that cost will be negligible. I'd get what I really wanted and not worry about that.

    Guess it comes down to what you want to carry.
     

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  21. Guillermo

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    Almost always it is a Diamondback Snub.

    Don't see a J frame changing that
     
  22. Remllez

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    Nice find G....

    If its still a tight serviceable gun send it in for Hard Chrome, then if you still don't care for J-Frames I'll take it offin yer hands if the price is right......:)
     
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    They will have to remove an awful lot of metal to eliminate that scratched-on number. What's up with that? :mad:
     
  24. Guillermo

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    my guess is some old guy went nuts

    doesn't seem deep...but won't really know till they get into it...if I go that route
     
  25. KenW.

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    I'm all for keeping firearms as original as possible, but that gun wouldn't lose any value with a refinish.

    Some people just can't take good care of their things.
     
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