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Old Gun Cleaning

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    Member Array LPguy's Avatar
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    Hi Guys!

    Sorry I've been away awhile.

    I recently purchased a .38 S&W 2" model 36. The guy wanted to unload it because he retired and let his LTC lapse. I got it, the original box, 2 leather holsters, 3 speedloaders and a leather carry case for the loaders all for $200!

    The obvious bargain not withstanding, I have 2 issues......

    It's in great shape but it's an older gun. Does anyone have a "standard catalog of firearms"? If so can you tell me how old this baby is? It's serial # J297408.

    Second issue, the blue is near perfect but the stainless trigger and hammer are pretty grungy. What is the best way to clean thse parts without taking the whole thing apart?

    Chris, this one is right up your alley

    Thanks guys!


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    You can get a Weapon history from S&W. I have never done it though.


    And if the model # is stamped on the yoke it was made after 1958
    There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11? (Yuri Orlov [Nicolas Cage] Lord of War)

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    Hi Mike - dang man - it's been a while huh!!

    That SN relates to production between 1975 thru 1976.

    Seems like one very tasty deal. Not so sure tho re cleaning in situ - it would be well handy to do one careful strip down.
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."

    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

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    LPGuy - your model 36 would have come from the Factory with a
    Color Casehardened Trigger and Hammer , Not Stainless

    The colors may have worn from use - do not use abrasives to
    clean them - this will leave you with bare carbon steel and could
    lead to rusting. ( It is possible to have those parts refinished )

    I have a model 36 made in the mid 70's , and I clean it very gently
    so as not to harm the lovely blue.
    -SIG , it's What's for Dinner-

    know your rights!

    "If I walk in the woods, I feel much more comfortable carrying a gun. What if you meet a bear in the woods that's going to attack you? You shoot it."
    {Bernhard Goetz}

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    Hi Guys,

    Chris, I knew I could count on you bro! Now I know I have a carry piece not a collectable.

    I did some looking today, seems I can replace the trigger and hammer assemblys easily enough but it will mean putting 100.00 back into the gun which will bring it up to about list value.....or.......I can try rebluning it myself.....or.....having it professionally done.

    I'm not sure I want to bother though. Aside of the trigger and hammer it's near perfect.....I'll try and clean her up and see what I get from there


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