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APRIL FOOLS DAY IS OVER SO DON'T FALL FOR MY PRANK!
My 624 is perfectly fine in my custody!

I've made a colossal blunder. I sent my engraved 624 in to S&W about three weeks ago because I had bought it used and it didn't come with a box. I had the birdseye maple Bear Hug Grips made by Deacon Deason (may he rest in peace) around 1989. Michael Gouse engraved my .44 Special as a tribute to Skeeter Skelton and I had him engrave Skeeter's cattle ranch brand on the backstrap. I even put a gold bead front sight on my revolver to match up with the Weigand Combat rear sight. I put tons of rounds through this, my favorite, revolver.

I guess I should have paid more attention to the recall posts I remember passing by on the forums. S&W called me today and said my 624's cylinder did not pass their "test." The gentleman on the phone said that since there are no more 624 cylinders, they could not ship me my gun back since it was now a proven "liability."

We "discussed" this for about 20 minutes on the phone. He wouldn't budge on S&W's position. He told me that they would send me a new Model 24 Classic in my choice of blue or nickle. I was so angry by then, I asked if it would be engraved? He stated that it would not. I asked in a sort of smart aleck tone if S&W would pay for Gouse to engrave this Model 24 to match my 624. He said no. I asked if they would send me my gold bead front sight and my Weigand Combat rear sight back? He said that it was their policy to not return any aftermarket items. Thank goodness I had removed the birdseye maple grips from Bear Hug before sending my 624 back to S&W (I sent it with Pachmyers) or I would have lost those too!

The S&W rep said I could have a Performance Center Model 29 or some other gun similar to a 29 or a 24. I have a week to decide what to do. I just can't believe they won't just send me my 624 back. Even without the cylinder, at least I could do something extreme like buy another 624 used and have Gouse engrave the cylinder to match my old one and then put it back into my 624.

I think S&W is being totally unreasonable about this. I never should have sent my 624 in to them. I had no problem when I sent my 686 for the recall on that gun. I fired tons of rounds through my 624 so I should have known better. Even if they say there was a problem with the stainless steel in the cylinder, it never failed me when I fired it. Geez, I even went so far as to tell the guy I would sign an affidavit that I would never shoot the gun again if they would just sent it back to me the way I sent it to them.

I don't know what to do.

So here's the photographs I have of my engraved Skeeter Skelton 624 .44 Special, apparently as my only memory of my wonderful revolver:







-Steve
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...by the way, Happy April Fools Day everyone! ;)
 

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Wheww, that is just mean.


Got us about as worked up as Saxon's 10" barrel Reg mag!!! :lol:
 

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Dang it Steve,

I'm old and can't take to much of that kinda stuff!!! :mrgreen:

I was just about to bust... :oops:

Su Amigo,
Dave

I was ready to swing by and pick you up enroute to Mass to jerk a knot in somebody's tail... :mrgreen:

I ain't kiddin'
 

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Well I'm with dave and most everybody else..Nice one steve...I fell for it hook line and sinker. The best part is that halfway through the post I opened another window and started searching for some law that they broke by doing that...I was huntin' for answers and I was going to find some help for ya...I guess I'll just keep my findings to myself.....man I am such a sucker!
 

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Steve, I am sure you are nice guy, but that was just plain mean!!! :lol:

Yup, I have to admit I fell hook line and sinker too. Good one!
 

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That was most excellent ( although mean :lol: ) I had steam coming out of my ears by the time I was 3/4 of the way done reading it.
 

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...I'm starting to feel guilty. :oops:

I considered things like me having left the birdseye maple stocks on the gun when I sent it in. The rep then saying he would at least send the grips back to me, but not the sights because they're too hard to remove. Maybe even hearing the guy on the phone stroking the double action and then commenting on how nice the single action pull was and me hearing the hammer fall over the phone. I figured I was really pushing my luck if I had the rep ask, "Who did this engraving? I'd like to get my S&W engraved like this."

I do appreciate that you were all ready to go on a rescue mission. I can see us in a convoy with Dave (Keith44Spl) leading the way up to S&W's front door! :lol:
 

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Re: I'm so angry, but I guess in the end it's my f

YOU. The vein on my head is startin to throb!
 

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And here I was just about to turn this into the Ruger Forum! kubvcabo ihjf kubvcabo
 

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There is a good side to this leg pullin'. ;) For those that are newbies, take heed!!! If you're sending a gun back to S&W, remove all the custom stuff, including those nice grips, and put on some cheap stuff. Also, if you have had the rebound and main springs reduced, and have had trigger work done, be aware of the fact that S&W will bring it back to present day factory spec's before they ship it back.

Also, they will NOT be responsible for returning your gun in the same condition that it was in. Good to know!!! ;) Bob
 

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John, Please ask your question on this forum. I answered your message, but, since I am computer challenged lgfhj , I guess you didn't get it. I remember it was about my last post. nvonjvila ;) Bob
 
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