steal of the century? Or did i get robbed?

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    steal of the century? Or did i get robbed?

    Guy in my office got the revolver from his mom who passed away. Didnt want it, so I said sure, I'll take it for $50.
    Barrel is dirty, but everything appears to function. Havent shot it yet, just picked up some JHP +P from Walmart, i hope they dont break the gun.
    You guys have any experience with the brand?
    Security Industries of America. I believe they are from NJ, but went out of business 25 years ago.

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    I'd say you got robbed - but being the nice guy I am, I'll help you out. I'll give you $55 for it.

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    Hard to mess up too bad for 50 bills. I would not start off with +P ammo thats for sure, since you do not even know the revolver is rated for +p ammo? And why waste the hi priced ammo when all you want to do initialy is function check the revolver to see if it is safe to shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilowatt3 View Post
    I'd say you got robbed - but being the nice guy I am, I'll help you out. I'll give you $55 for it.
    Haha I will give you $60!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    I would not start off with +P ammo thats for sure, how do you even know the revolver is rated for +p ammo? And why waste the hi priced ammo when all you want to do is function check the revolver.
    This. You may have gotten a good deal but run some non +p ammo through it and do some research before using the +p.
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    I'll up it to $65

    BTW -- I've seen a SIA .357 mag. What's that one chambered for? From the Pic it looks to short for a .357
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    I don't know anything about the brand, but it's a nice looking snubbie revolver actually. I think you did great. I would stick with standard pressure loads. It probably wouldn't hurt it if you carried +P and had to use it, but I wouldn't feed it a steady diet of them by any means. I've carried +Ps in my old steel model 49, but I only shoot standards at the range. Are you planning on keeping it, carrying it, or turning it over? I'm a sucker for snubbies...if you decide to turn it over, I might be interested in it. I like old and different stuff...this is both.

    PS. I'll up the bid to $75 (sorry for the ten dollar jump Dave, that was a breach in etiquette).
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    Never heard of the brand so hard for me to say whether you got a good deal or not. I would have a smith take a look at it and for sure no +p for a firearm that wasn't designed to handle the higher pressure levels. Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I don't know anything about the brand, but it's a nice looking snubbie revolver actually. I think you did great. I would stick with standard pressure loads. It probably wouldn't hurt it if you carried +P and had to use it, but I wouldn't feed it a steady diet of them by any means. I've carried +Ps in my old steel model 49, but I only shoot standards at the range. Are you planning on keeping it, carrying it, or turning it over? I'm a sucker for snubbies...if you decide to turn it over, I might be interested in it. I like old and different stuff...this is both.

    PS. I'll up the bid to $75 (sorry for the ten dollar jump Dave, that was a breach in etiquette).
    You're right. I'll try to find some standard loads. I really dont know if I will keep it. I've always wanted a revolver and was seriosuly looking at an SP101. I know they dont compare...but it has satiated my appetite for now.
    I cleaned it up since the pic I took today. Barrel looks spotless. The SA pull is really light, can't be more than 2lbs.

    Bugdude, since you are the high bidder I will keep you in mind if i decide to dump it. Let's see how the range goes first.

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    Look Here:

    http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...ies+of+america

    I shoot +P through my CA 38 snubbie but I wouldn't necessarily do that with the one you bought. Maybe just polish it up (or chrome it) and mount it on a plaque on the wall. Pretty cheap for wall art IMHO.

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    damien12g,

    As long as the gun is in working order, I'd say you are OK.

    However, as far as I know SIA closed shop in the '60s or '70s and and from time to time on forums you see "desperately seeking" WTB post for parts.

    Also, be sure to check the space between the cylinder (with rounds in it) and the forcing cone. As I recall, they had some problems with wear at the forcing cone.
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    It looks nice in the picture, and heck it was only $50! I agree with the above posters, no +p ammo, and pay a local 'smith to check it over, make sure its OK before attempting any range time.

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    It looks a lot like a S&W model 60. Can't go wrong for $50.
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    attached are some pics, with rounds in the chambers...

    thanks for all the help and advice guys

    revolver 2.jpgrevolver 3.jpgrevolver 1.jpg

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    Cool

    No +P's please. Hey that rhymed......... seriously save your weapon and yourself. Standard velosity ammo will work just fine in that gun.
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