Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kicking the gun-buying habit

Once again, after swearing that I had purchased my very last firearm forevermore, I ran across something that almost rated as a grail-gun;  an old stainless steel S&W J-Frame Model 60 .38 Special (the stainless version of the Model 36).

It was tough to do but I had myself pretty much talked out of buying it before I got to the LGS.

At first glance, this older revolver looked to be in decent enough shape.  A quick hands-on inspection revealed that the cylinder would bang into the barrel shank on closing.  Furthermore, there was a timing issue; the cylinder consistently failed to carry up on the same two chambers.

The asking price would have been good for a mechanically sound Model 60, but this one needed some work.  I took a pass.


6 comments:

Elizabeth Hanson said...

HAHA! You can never have too many guns. Just kidding, but not really. It is an expensive hobby however. I am glad that my husband shares a love for shooting with me. It makes it a lot easier.

Wilson said...

You couldn't talk them down?!

James Zachary said...

Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping in. Yeah, the cost can add up over time.

Wilson my friend! I have enough project guns. This one was far below perfection and I don't think they would have lowered the price to where it would have been worth my time. Holding it in my hands, I didn't feel it "talking to me." There was no magic.

My best to you both.

Anonymous said...

Hi Zach

Better luck next time.
You have any blog posts on specifically your "project" guns?

regards
JonT

Comrade Misfit said...

Cost me about $160, with shipping each way, to get an out-of-time Model 15 fixed. That was a few years ago, too.

James Zachary said...

Comrade, thank you! That's some good solid info that I didn't have; I doubt the LGS would be willing to drop the price anywhere near that amount; I don't think the smith at the LGS is good enough for the job (no disrespect intended ... just MHO) ... I would not mind spending that much on the repairs but not on top of the asking price of the revolver.

JonT! Good to have you here again. How's things over on your side of the world? Comrade's mention of her Model 15 reminded me that I have yet to address the endshake problem that developed on my Model 15; I love shooting that retired police revolver, but in order to avoid complicating the problem I have abstained since the endshake became noticeable. I once heard that S&W performed used-revolver repairs ... dunno if they still do ... I should get off my behind and find out ...