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Old September 13th, 2021, 02:00 PM #1731
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If I'm being honest, I'm kind of on the fence about it. Part of me likes the fact that it was 40 years worth of wear and tear that Dad put on it, and that makes me want to leave it. Part of me thinks that Dad would love to see that old gun restored to its original luster. I'm leaning toward the latter. Dad isn't around anymore - he hasn't been around for the better part of 25 years at this point - so I'm not sure how much weight sentimentality should have.

Another solution, albeit a fairly expensive one, would be to get another one - preferably no younger than early 1980s.

Back when Bay Country Guns was still open, they had a white metal alloy 44 magnum in the case on consignment. I really wanted it, but the missus dissuaded me. I've kicked myself ever since.
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Old September 13th, 2021, 07:12 PM #1732
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I had a 5 inch GP 100 a couple of years ago which I foolishly sold.

I had a 6” that I also foolishly sold. Having said that, I would buy a 5” in a heartbeat.
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Old September 23rd, 2021, 09:18 PM #1733
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Got this beauty as a fixer upper on a trade from 3paul10. SW 66-1
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Old September 23rd, 2021, 10:08 PM #1734
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Here's another one you don't see every day - a 1956 pre-29, no model number. This one has been ridden pretty hard since my Dad bought it brand new in 1956. As a small-town police officer, it was on his hip at various points, and he loved putting it through its paces with heavy loads. These days it gets somewhat milder loadings than the full-house loads with 2400 - I load a bit lighter (but still potent) with a 240 gr flat point cast over about 9 gr Unique. I recently acquire some Universal, and that's supposed to also be a good powder with 44 mag, and I'm looking forward to trying it.

I'm getting ready to send this off to have it re-blued, (I've already done my research and I know where I'm going to send it) and once I get it back I'll put a nice set of reproduction "Cokes" on it. I'm not going to skimp - the ones I'm looking at now are going to be rosewood and at least $200.

Yes - I'm aware that having work on this gun will decrease the collector value. This is a family gun that I never intend to sell, and I don't much care about collector value after I'm dead - that's someone else's problem to deal with.
It's your gun but, as others have already said, it looks perfect just the way it is. I wouldn't change it one bit. Every wear mark is a comforting reminder of your pops.
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Old September 24th, 2021, 09:52 AM #1735
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It's your gun but, as others have already said, it looks perfect just the way it is. I wouldn't change it one bit. Every wear mark is a comforting reminder of your pops.
My Mom and I were talking about this just yesterday and the fact that refinishing may bring it back to an almost like new condition, but it forever erases the heritage of what it is.

I may get some replacement stocks for it at some point, but for now that's about as far as I'll take it.
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Old September 24th, 2021, 09:10 PM #1736
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^^^ That’s cool on both points. Gotta make it fit…
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These were sitting out of the safe today. They make a nice generational photo of S&W revolvers. Top one is a 681 from the early 80's. Middle is a very early production model 66 with S/S sights. Bottom one is a first year (1954) Highway Patrolman. Cool guns and great shooters.
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