Looking for opinions on what to do with my new purchase

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  • Refiish in polished blue

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    Distinguished Member deadeyedick's Avatar
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    Looking for opinions on what to do with my new purchase

    I just picked up a Smith & Wesson Model 13. Mechanically it's in good shape, but the finish has seen better days. There's no real pitting; the gun feels smooth to the touch. It's mostly just discoloration of the blueing. I plan to send it to the S&W Performance Center to have it refinished and to have the cylinder holes chamfered. Just wondering if you guys think I should go with the polished blue or the bead-blasted matte finish. I'm leaning towards the matte blue, as it seems more practical (and is less expensive). Also, do you guys think I should I have the cylinder release replaced with the modern version or keep it original?

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    Keep it with the original cylinder release, as the change would make no functional difference.

    Were it mine, I’d keep the finish as is. I have a couple of Colts that are worn far worse than your Smith.

    Nice find!
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    Anything's possible with cerakote. a few examples

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    I’m with Rick on this, I think it looks badass as is.


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    Nice gun. If I was going to refinish... polished blue for me. I just think revolvers look nice in polished blue... though neither of my revolvers has such a finish!

    No opinion on the cylinder release, as I don't know what the difference would be.

    Either way, congrats on the nice acquisition!
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    I think it was 1982 that Florida started to allow carry "in a vehicle securely encased."

    I only owned a few guns back then. I bought a S&W Model 65 to put in the glove box of the truck. I wanted a gun with no sentimental value in case something happened to it. It looks just like yours except it is stainless steel. I have had it so long now that it has sentimental value.

    Unless you are going to use it as a Texas BBQ gun, I would leave it just like it is.
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    Nice gun. Love old smitty revos.

    What’s the cost for Smith to refinish it?
    If I was going to have it done in a matte finish I’d send it somewhere and have Ion Bonded. Finish is impervious and lasts forever.
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    Nice find and I'm with Rick McC leave the cylinder release and finish as is. If you really want it refinished, then I'm with racer on the polished blue, but that's just me.

    Whatever you do, please post picts of the end result for us to ogle over if you refinish it!
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    I'd leave it as is finish wise and add a Tyler T to the original grip. Love those.

    Is that the 3" FBI version?

    Anyhow, great pick up
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecarry View Post
    I'd leave it as is finish wise and add a Tyler T to the original grip. Love those.

    Is that the 3" FBI version?

    Anyhow, great pick up
    Not enough information, but yes this appears to be the same configuration as the FBI issued gun.

    I am somewhat familiar with the FBI revolvers because I have a FBI 50th anniversary circa 1984 Model 27 and I kind of like to track the value.
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