I was in a LGS the other day. I saw a stainless Smith&Wesson .44 Magnum with a six inch barrel. To me, the thing looked huge. I asked to look at it to see what kind of fit it might be for me, etc.
It looked as if the gun must've been sitting in the store for some while. The stainless looked smudged. This gun would very much benefit from a good cleaning. I'm not even sure if a store is allowed to clean a gun though. Is it still considered to be new if its been cleaned? I know if I owned a gun store, I would be very hesitant to clean an $845.00 gun if it was going to cause depreciation, etc.
My question is; would you be hesitant to buy a new but dirty gun from a gun shop? Is it possible that a gun that is dirty from being handled has taken upon a compromised finish? The gun didn't have rust on it or even looked like it was starting to rust. I'm assuming it has never been fired. I'm sure it won't be hard to clean a smudgy gun but I would hate to clean it only to find that it lacks the luster that a new gun should have, etc. Can you imagine bringing your wheel gun back to your LGS and showing discontent because its not as "shiny" as you think it should be?
I realize that a .44 Mag with a dull finish is going to take care of business the same as a nice new and shiny one will. At the same time, however, if its not going to look like a new one, then I'm not paying a "new" price for it, etc.
What are your thoughts? Am I being to picky? Do I have just concerns about the finish? Would you hesitate to buy a dirty gun or would you insist for the dealer to order you a new one that hasn't been on display if you were really serious about buying said gun?