Is a worn pistol a badge of honor?**Pics added**

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    Is a worn pistol a badge of honor?**Pics added**

    I'm rapidly approaching the point in my CCW career when some of my beloved carry guns are at the point of a total rebuild. One in particular is bad... I've shot many thousands of rounds through it and it has a lot of holster wear.
    I'm sending another project gun off to be refinished, and now I'm wondering if I should send my favorite carry gun off with it.
    The carry gun is now mechanically perfect, but it looks like a beat dog.
    BUT, here's my problem... I feel like the gun is a tribute to the countless hours and dollars I've put in trying to master the zen art of pistol craft.
    When a noob looks at my gun, they have to think "Holy cow, that thing has been around the block a few times" Truth be told... it has been.
    I've been told by a old man once that you can often tell a lot about a man by his tools... shiny and new means all mouth and no skills.
    Old and worn means he knows how and does.

    What do you think?
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    I would keep the badge of honor. If it is mechanically perfect, don't mess with it! Or, you can send it to me, and I will take good care of it for you, at no charge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swiftyjuan View Post
    I would keep the badge of honor. If it is mechanically perfect, don't mess with it! Or, you can send it to me, and I will take good care of it for you, at no charge!
    As long as you refinish it and send it back!
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    If it still works fine, heck let it be. A worn gun is a used gun. My dad's old model 12 shows years of hunting , since it was his dad originally. Just something nice about a well used gun.
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    I would be honored to do so! Of course, it could take a loooong time!
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    Sixto,
    Please do not send your perfectly good weapon in for re-finishing. To do so would dishonor the service it has already given you.
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    I've been told by a old man once that you can often tell a lot about a man by his tools... shiny and new means all mouth and no skills. Old and worn means he knows how and does.
    That about sums it up.
    A good used gun has character and has become one with the user.
    As long as it is mechanically in good shape I wouldn't mess with it.
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    ditto to the above posts.
    if it works great, keep it as is

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    Yes, its in fine shape mechanically. The only thing "wrong" with it is it isnt shiny and new anymore. I'm just trying to decide whats worth more to me; shiny and new, or old and worn. I think I'm agreeing with you guys, old and worn is better.
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    Nothing beats a blued gun with holster wear.

    There's something about a retired cop's worn Model 10 that still works. So, in short I say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Yes, its in fine shape mechanically. The only thing "wrong" with it is it isnt shiny and new anymore. I'm just trying to decide whats worth more to me; shiny and new, or old and worn. I think I'm agreeing with you guys, old and worn is better.
    Hey! I'm old and worn!
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    Well, whatever makes you feel best. If your like the memories associated with the wear marks and battle scars, then let it be, IF you want your old friend to be all shiny and new again, then so be that too. Only you can make the choice my friend.

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    If it must be restored, restore it mechanically.
    Let its experience remain visible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sass20485 View Post
    Well, whatever makes you feel best. If your like the memories associated with the wear marks and battle scars, then let it be, IF you want your old friend to be all shiny and new again, then so be that too. Only you can make the choice my friend.
    Yeah, I know... I just dont know what I like better, or if I'm just being vain and want a shiny new gun again. Or am I being wrong in seeing the value of the old worn finish and the statement that it makes.

    It gets reworked mechanically on a regular basis, I just got done with it last week for about the 20th time... I attend and teach shooting schools with this gun, its my daily carry so it has seen and done a lot.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Well SIXTO - You'll know you've REALLY been around the block when your favorite old guns need to be refinished for the second time.
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