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Stainless made nickel obsolete IMHO. Wouldn't even think of buying a nickel-plated gun today under any circumstances. :unsure:
I like nickel (it's just dang purdy) unless it's starting to chip/peel or become dull, I like blue (it's got soul), I like stainless for it's durability........
 

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I like nickel (it's just dang purdy) unless it's starting to chip/peel or become dull...
Oh, I agree. It can be purdy as Hell! :) You should see my LNIB Beretta 84FS (my one conventional nickel-plated gun)! Damn thing is a true work of art! :giggle:

But every nickel-plated S&W revolver I've looked at (i.e., considered buying) has had some level... very minor to pretty bad... of chipping, pitting, scratches and/or spots of dullness that completely turn me off. :(

I just can't get into guns that have even minor defects in the plating... just not my thang. :unsure:
 

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I like both SS and blued, however, that being said you cannot beat the finish of the older blued revolvers. Used to think that the Blued revolvers were more of a hassle to clean but that thinking soon disappeared...just need to care for them a little differently.
A couple of my blued revolvers...the 6" 28-2 was refinished prior to me obtaining it. The model 19-4 has the best blued finish of them all.
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Stainless is easier to maintain, and I like it for a gun that I intend to use at the range.

For a self defense firearm (used in the home or for every day carry) I don't want something bright or shiny. I prefer black color (blued steel, Nitron, etc. finish) firearms for those purposes.
 

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Stainless is easier to maintain, and I like it for a gun that I intend to use at the range.

For a self defense firearm (used in the home or for every day carry) I don't want something bright or shiny. I prefer black color (blued steel, Nitron, etc. finish) firearms for those purposes.
Yep, back in the day (before stainless guns) we used to say about nickel & chrome guns, "Glows In The Dark".......smile
 

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Better for the "flash" to not be the first thing an attacker sees...
 

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But every nickel-plated S&W revolver I've looked at (i.e., considered buying) has had some level... very minor to pretty bad... of chipping, pitting, scratches and/or spots of dullness that completely turn me off. :(

I just can't get into guns that have even minor defects in the plating... just not my thang. :unsure:
Not every nickel revolver has defects of the finish, there are lots that don't (but ya gotta look harder for 'em).............like this pre war 38/44 Heavy Duty.

BTW, this beaut came from a forum member in Death Valley (insider joke).

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This thread has had me thinking more about stainless vs blued and think I understand something about my preferences. As mentioned, there is an obvious advantage to stainless and my serious bullseye/precision shooting is done with stainless. However, there is something blue collar about a blued gun that draws me in. Especially a blued revolver that has been carried in a duty holster and it shows. I'm talking about that noticeable holster wear, but with most of its finish intact. The one that's been kept clean - that was treated with care. The one its previous owner counted on. The one I could count on as my carry gun. That kind of blue.
 

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This thread has had me thinking more about stainless vs blued and think I understand something about my preferences. As mentioned, there is an obvious advantage to stainless and my serious bullseye/precision shooting is done with stainless. However, there is something blue collar about a blued gun that draws me in. Especially a blued revolver that has been carried in a duty holster and it shows. I'm talking about that noticeable holster wear, but with most of its finish intact. The one that's been kept clean - that was treated with care. The one its previous owner counted on. The one I could count on as my carry gun. That kind of blue.
That's a definition of what I refer to as "Soul", add a bit of user wear and it can become "Character".
 

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I have more Blued guns than Stainless so I will say reason is I feel on an older gun the bluing is just deeper and classier. All my newer guns are stainless (2000 and newer). I have one Dan Wesson which has gone plum and that is soul and character to me. However, overall best thing is they all shoot very nicely. I do have one Cimmaron in Nickel but is just plain purty.
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Stainless made nickel obsolete IMHO. Wouldn't even think of buying a nickel-plated gun today under any circumstances. :unsure:
I used to feel that way, but have mellowed somewhat. Certainly, if I have a choice between two guns to buy, one nickel and one blue and otherwise identical in condition, I'll take the blued one always, but a few nickeled guns in a pile of blue ones makes for a nice contrast. My two nickel S&W's, one is a M29-2 50th Anniversary NCHP Commemorative from 1979, the other is a M25-5 from 1980
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I used to feel that way, but have mellowed somewhat. Certainly, if I have a choice between two guns to buy, one nickel and one blue and otherwise identical in condition, I'll take the blued one always, but a few nickeled guns in a pile of blue ones makes for a nice contrast. My two nickel S&W's, one is a M29-2 50th Anniversary NCHP Commemorative from 1979, the other is a M25-5 from 1980 View attachment 532991
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Very nice! (y) Maybe I should put it this way: For me to buy a truly flawless vintage S&W N-frame in nickel would cost me more than my whole S&W revolver collection is currently worth. Key words: "Truly flawless" :unsure:

A quick story: My last "weakness" when it came to considering buying a nickel-plated S&W was a vintage Model 19-5 back in July of 2018 (yes, I'm anal enough that I even track & record the guns I don't buy). It was at a shop that is a quite long drive away for me. It's a real effort to get there. I went down to see it initially when first advertised... and then I went back two more times... the last time after a price break and with the determined intent of buying no matter what. But in the end, I just couldn't do it. I found the tiniest flaws (chips) imaginable in the nickel plating, but I knew they'd only get worse in time and with use. To most people, it probably looked like a perfectly fine gun. To me, it was a plating problem just waiting to get worse on me.

Bottom line: I am too picky... too anal retentive... to ever buy a used nickel-plated S&W revolver. I'd find plating flaws for certain... I guarantee it... and they would drive me batty. o_O
 

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Very nice! (y) Maybe I should put it this way: For me to buy a truly flawless vintage S&W N-frame in nickel would cost me more than my whole S&W revolver collection is currently worth. Key words: "Truly flawless" :unsure:
Bottom line: I am too picky... too anal retentive... to ever buy a used nickel-plated S&W revolver. I'd find plating flaws for certain... I guarantee it... and they would drive me batty. o_O
As far as that goes, you'd be hard-pressed to find a truly flawless blued finish. The two guns I posted above, the M29-2 was oxidized and grungy when I found it, no telling how long it had been stored in that presentation case. It took me almost 4 hours of work to get it shiny again, with an old diaper and some Flitz. There was a fingerprint on the yoke that I worked on for over two hours alone before it finally cleaned off. The M25 was really clean but smudged from all the handling at the gun show where I found it. All it took was a silicone cloth and then a diaper to get it looking perfect. No scratches, no chips on either gun.
 

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We'll try this again...(got the Can & String Rip Off Co, internet dis service here...the strings wuz all tied in a fool knot...like they fool haids...knothaids! that is! anyone that got windstream is getting RIPPED OFF BIG TIME! :mad: )

I have had this 625 with the 8-3/8" LC Barrel for a long time...built by Al Greco. The barrel is electroless nickel... Dave is going to have his previously shown revolver done in electroless nickel at some point.

Got the 8-3/8" 586 a couple years ago....youngest son got the 7" 7 Shooter two years ago. The 5-7/8" No Dash Sq. Butt followed me home on Monday...

Yinz'll figure the rest of the pics out...which brings another question? To Flute? Or not to Flute?

Later, Mark
 

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