The Model 19-5 I mentioned above in Post #38 falls into the very same situation. I'd been searching for an early blued Model 19 in 4" practically forever (and I still don't own one to this day) when that nickel-plated one showed up and I thought maybe better nickel than nothing. With the sale I mentioned, it became affordable for me and so off I went. But that really close final inspection I did before committing revealed finish damage that I hadn't seen before in more casual inspections. I passed.My collecting desires are limited, I look for P&R K and N frame magnums from 1957 to 1982, and I don't seek out nickel plated guns at all. However, when I can't find a blued one like I want, but a nickel gun in pristine shape shows up in the model I want within a price range I can afford., I'll take it.