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    I purchased a Smith and Wesson Model 60, 38cal, which is stainless steel. The previous owner etched his social security number on the side plate. How can I removed the etching?


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    Dremel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboy01 View Post
    I purchased a Smith and Wesson Model 60, 38cal, which is stainless steel. The previous owner etched his social security number on the side plate. How can I removed the etching?
    I agree with Dremel....polish it off if possible. Initially, I had some very questionable advice as to what one might do with an evidently identifiable firearm, but my silly conscience got the best of me. It's been years since I've dreamed of a get rich quick scheme. My bad.

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    What I Would Do

    First of all remember that every S&W side plate is fit to that revolver.

    Since it is a perfectly flat part....If you polish it off you're going to end up with a very unsightly "DISH" mark depending on how deeply it was etched.

    I would pick out a nice monogram or something personal to yourself or some other design that you just really like and have your sideplate Laser Engraved with that to cover that S.S. # up.

    You would not need to mail your entire firearm - only the sideplate.

    You will need to know how to remove your sideplate without damaging it.

    UNLOAD THE FIREARM.

    Remove the grips.

    Remove the screws with a properly fitting screwdriver - don't mix those screws up.
    They will need to go back in the same hole locations that they came out of.

    Turn the frame over and repeatedly tap the grip frame with the plastic handle of a large screwdriver or use a similar non marring tool.

    The sideplate will fall away from the firearm.

    Shop around for a place like this:
    http://customizedcreationz.com/servi...engraving.html

    FYI - I have never had any work done by the above but many places do nice custom Laser Engraving.

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    Personally, if this is to be a carry gun I would just leave the dremeled in identification numbers alone.

    In the event that the gun gets lost or stolen you have another means of identifying YOUR weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    First of all remember that every S&W side plate is fit to that revolver.

    Since it is a perfectly flat part....If you polish it off you're going to end up with a very unsightly "DISH" mark depending on how deeply it was etched.

    I would pick out a nice monogram or something personal to yourself or some other design that you just really like and have your sideplate Laser Engraved with that to cover that S.S. # up.

    You would not need to mail your entire firearm - only the sideplate.

    You will need to know how to remove your sideplate without damaging it.

    UNLOAD THE FIREARM.

    Remove the grips.

    Remove the screws with a properly fitting screwdriver - don't mix those screws up.
    They will need to go back in the same hole locations that they came out of.

    Turn the frame over and repeatedly tap the grip frame with the plastic handle of a large screwdriver or use a similar non marring tool.

    The sideplate will fall away from the firearm.

    Shop around for a place like this:
    http://customizedcreationz.com/servi...engraving.html

    FYI - I have never had any work done by the above but many places do nice custom Laser Engraving.
    +1...Like covering up a bad tattoo. I would research and get a nice engraving. Still provides an identifier, but is aesthetically pleasing.
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    Call S&W and ask if they could bead blast it away. You could get creative and have the plate and cylinder bead blasted or the entire gun.
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    Can you tell if it was chemically etched or was it engraved? Was it professionally done or a DIY special? I might would try a dremel with a polishing tip and some SS compound. If that doesn't work, try a professional approach from either a local gunsmith, S&W, or a professional laser etching company as suggested above.
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    If the engraving is not too deep, maybe you could remove the side plate and sand it flat with some fine abrasive paper. If you tape the paper on a dead flat surface and work the part back & forth it should stay flat and not dish. Once you are satisfied, repolish the part to match...or beadblast the whole gun.

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    Send me the number so I can get a credit card and buy some guns.

    Just kidding of course. Who in their right mind would put their SS # on a gun then sell it to someone?

    Just asking to have your identity stolen.
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    why in god's name would someone etch their S.S.# into a gun??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Glock View Post
    why in god's name would someone etch their S.S.# into a gun??
    In case it was stolen and somebody tried to pawn it.

    A few years ago when I was into cameras I attended a local photographers group. One gentleman had a every cool Leica stolen from him in his youth, and hoped to get it back because he had his name and social security number on the underside.

    Fast forward 35 years, he finds a Leica just like the one he had at a yard sale. He proceeds to turn it over and guess what he finds :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Glock View Post
    why in god's name would someone etch their S.S.# into a gun??
    Sorry, I miss spoke. The original person's army serial number was etched on the firearm when they the numbers were in effect. This pistol is one of the first firearms that was produced in 1965. Just to make a piont, back then idenity thieft wasn't much of a concern. People etched their ssn's on TVs, radios, stereo's, ect. The person who owned the pistol at the time died in Viet Nam.

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

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