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A quick inspection of a Smith & Wesson revolver.

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Also check for push off and the condition of the bore and cylinder.

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Great video too!
That's a super piece of information, and it isn't all that difficult to do at a gunshow.
Basic as Larry's tips are, HUGE numbers of gun buyers aren't aware of them, and thus many less-than-'right' revolvers find new homes.
Thanks for a fine post!
I am fairly new to the world of S&W revolvers. I was excited to find a model 14 at a gun show. The bluing is good and the mechanicals are very good but in the dim light of the gun show, I missed that one side had some minor pitting. The gun must of laid on that side and been neglected. It is a great shooter and that is why I bought it. It was just a little disappointing in the sun light.
I watched those vids on you tube a while back Did you see the one where the guy is at the range and he fires a taurus 357 mag and the barrel goes flying off.Or that guy listed under the most powerful pistol in the world 60 caliber magnum fires it and it goes flying out of his hands and over his shoulder. Hehehehe
Whlgun If you put a little penetrating oil on the pitting and let it soak a few minutes then take and put some good gun oil on it. You can use 0000 steel wool and rub the rust off. The 0000 steel wool wont hurt the blueing. It will leave little white spots wear the rust was but at least it stops the rust.You can also touch up the spots if they bug you to much.
onenut58 thanks, I rubbed oil on the area but have not tried the 0000 steel wool.
Whlgun & 1911 fan said:
onenut58 thanks, I rubbed oil on the area but have not tried the 0000 steel wool.
You have to be careful when using steel wool... it releases tiny whiskers that are difficult to see on a blued gun when trying to remove them all.

They have a nasty habit of working their way into places unnoticed and cause more rust. In fact... don't risk using it.

A common technique for dealing with rust freckles is spray on a generous amount of a rust penetrating oil, such as Breakfree CLP, Corrosion-X or WD-40 and let it marinate overnight to really soften up the rust spots. Then use a bronze bore cleaning brush to scour the softened rust until it breaks apart you don't feel the bristles dragging. Instead of a brush, an age old trick is to run the raised edge of a real copper penny (made prior to 1982) over the softened rust to "scrape" it away. The soft copper will not remove bluing, but it is still hard enough to break up the rust. It leaves copper smears on the surface that are easily removed with more oil.

Wipe clean, re-oil and leave it that way, don't bother trying to retouch with a cold blue, it will not match the factory bluing and will be more noticeable than just leaving things as they are.

The cylinder and barrel muzzle on this gun had rust freckles from being stored in a leather holster when I bought it. Except for some minor discoloration in a couple of places, it came out pretty good:

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Thanks for the video, it is an excellent common sense approach on how not to get hurt buying almost any revolver. Take care and God bless. cordell
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