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Smith Wesson factory refinish
1946willys Member Posts: 42 ✭✭
edited March 2015 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
I've been looking at some of the older smiths.1920s to 1960 era. Is there anything I could look for that might indicate it's not original finish. I know colt put a small mark inside their loading gate.
S&W usually but not always stamped a star on guns returned for refinish or repair. Some guns have a three digit date under the grips.
That's if Smith did it.
Look for sharp edges on the lettering. Polishing will round them if not done right.
And many amateur refinishes are what I refer to as 'reverse refinishes', that is, instead of removing the pits and sharpening the edges, the edges are rounded off and the pits are left in [:D][:D][xx(].