I just couldn't help myself.
It's old and finish challenged, but she needed a good home.
So last week I picked up a 1948 pre model 17.
She doesn't have a lot of blueing left. But she has a heart of gold. I stripped her down and spent 2 days scrubbing, cleaning and putting back together.
I've shot it a little so far. But I'm impressed already.
Despite the loss of blue, the rust speckles, the pitting.
And few mechanical wear issues.
SHE SHOOTS DARN GOOD!
I'm happy to own this well used and aged Smith.
She will get to go skwirl hunting this year and many more years with me.
S&W really has produced some fine guns.
From the simple mechanicals that are able to handle the lack of care and oil. To the amazing carbonia blue on the old guns.
I'm enjoying my little pieces of history.