You guys helped me on another thread with more accurately identifying my gun. Now I was wondering if you could give me an idea of its value.
My camera is broken so I'll have to describe it.
It's a 1968 Model 36. It has a square butt with original wood grips with the checkering. These are in nice condition with no damage. It has a 1 13/16" barrel (1 7/8" I guess?).
It's steel with black finish. Action is tight with no play anywhere and the barrel lands and grooves look like new with no rust or damage.
There is some light surface rust present on the outside of one chamber of the cylinder and a little bit on the left side of the barrel over the words Smith & Wesson. There is also some rust on the back corner of the butt frame.
Other than those areas the finish is smooth and shiny.
I intend to soak the rusted areas with Kroil or similar penetrant/solvent unless anyone here has a better suggestion for the removal of the surface rust.
Last edited by Otto Skorzeny; 01-10-2011 at 04:26 PM..
Otto, 0000 (that's 4 Ought) steel wool or a brass wool. Use oil and lightly scrub off the rust making sure that you keep the wool clean of any rust flakes. Remember to take your time.
Now one of two things will happen. First, the surface rust will come off leaving an almost perfect finish. Second, the rust will come off revealing bare steel. This occures because the rust ate through the finish.
Although you will now have steel freckles it will be better than rust which will continue to eat away at the gun causing more rust and pitting.
I'll post a pic of my 36 which was a true working gun and is missing a lot of finish.
Otto, you have a good eye. This was my Father's backup during his time as a LEO. One day while cleaning the gun he dropped it right on the hammer spur. The hammer was so bent out of shape that he cut most of it off and ground the edge smooth.
The gun still functions perfectly.
If I took the grips off you would see that all of the finish is gone and that the steel is actually pitted. Once or twice a year I shoot it, give it a good cleaning and oil down the grip frame which has protected the exposed metal for years. I mean there is no rust to be found at all.