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Subbie Score - Couldn't Pass It Up

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by doc540, Aug 29, 2014.

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  1. doc540

    doc540 Member

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    You know how it goes.

    Local guy listed a Smith snubbie.

    Noticed it had a flat latch.

    Some hooplehead had refin'ed it with Cerakote.

    Someone tried removing it and gave up.

    I learned to polish and spent about 8 hours taking it back to the nickle (without removing the nickle...that's a real trick).

    Seller says he'll give me the original stocks, too.

    1955 Chief's Special Lightweight

    (rollmarks are crisp, that's the glare)
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  2. horsemen61

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    That's a thing of beauty you do great work
     
  3. Gun Master

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    Patient Returned to Good Health

    Nice operation, doc, and the patient appears to be the better for it, after your administered rehabilitation !

    Very nice "save", thanks to you, and you have yourself a beautiful gun !:D
     
  4. doc540

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    Thanks, it was a good learning piece.

    My local gunsmith counseled me with every step.

    Swapped the trigger return spring this evening, and it's a smooth operator now.

    Might just keep it.
     
  5. rswartsell

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    If so, you need to start shopping appropriate grips!

    Well done sir!
     
  6. doc540

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    Thanks

    Seller's giving me the original stocks, but not sure of their condition.

    If they're too bad, I have a local guy how restores them.

    And, let me just say this: DO NOT CERAKOTE A VINTAGE SNUB


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  7. rswartsell

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    Are you talking about Hugh, AKA swamprat? If so a fine choice.
     
  8. doc540

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    Swamprat is THE MAN! :)
     
  9. Waveski

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    The Chief's Special is the quintessential snub nose revolver. You have done very well. Very well indeed.
     
  10. ArchAngelCD

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    Wow, you did a very good job bring that revolver back to greatness.
     
  11. bannockburn

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    Super nice save! Looks great and I hope the original stocks for it are also in decent shape too. Can't believe someone cerakoted a vintage nickel plated J frame.
     
  12. Hometeached1

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    Very nice save! :)

    I bet that was a long 8 hours.
     
  13. Barry the Bear

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    It has been saved!!!! In the name of the smith, the wesson, and the cheifs` special, amen!
     
  14. doc540

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    Thank you, gentlemen.

    It's been a great learning project.

    Today it's in my pocket. :)
     
  15. riceboy72

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    No finer place for that gun to ride than with you after all that work. You did very nice work and have breathed life into that gun again. Have fun with it!
     
  16. clang

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    Doc,
    Just shot you a PM about removing the Cerakote. I've got a nickel S&W that was also coated by a previous owner and would love to hear how you removed it.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  17. doc540

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    Here ya go:

    LIGHT, SLOW AND EASY

    That's the rule. Do NOT get frustrated and in a hurry.

    For the large flat areas and cylinder I used a buffing wheel on my bench grinder with RED rouge.

    Light and easy a little at a time. EXTRA CARE ON THE ROLL MARKS

    Then used a Dremel for hard to reach areas, again with red rouge.

    It's SLOW going.

    Final polish by hand with blue Flitz.

    Two coats of Renaissance wax.

    Did I say go "LIGHT, SLOW AND EASY"? ;)

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  18. Hanshi

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    What a find! That's now a beautiful Smith.
     
  19. clang

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    Thanks Doc,

    I'll try it out. Sounds like a good Winter project.
     
  20. doc540

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    You're most welcome.

    Heat seems to be a factor in getting the Cerakote to release.

    So, if one is careful the red rouge has enough abrasive to cut, the wheel creates some heat, and the operator has to do everything slowly and gradually and resist the urge to lean into and get it off too quickly.
     
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    Nice job! You are lucky they didn't apply the Cerakote properly and abrasive blast the surface first.
     
  22. doc540

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    DBR, that is true.

    However, if it had been done correctly it might have looked halfway decent, not right, but decent.

    And the price would've probably been higher. :eek:
     
  23. il.bill

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    MIGHT just keep it?

    Hopefully that is an example of irony, or sarcasm, or whatever related figure of speech term applies.

    That snubbie is a beaut'! Nicely done, sir.
     
  24. Dframe

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    Nice revolver and a beautiful job with the restoration. I'm a huge snubbie fan. They make up most of my accumulation.
     
  25. David E

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    If I spent 8 hours polishing a gun, there'd be no doubt: I'm keeping it!
     
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