S&W 642 finish

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    I've got this 642 that I carry everyday. I've only had it almost two months and in that time I haven't treated it with kid gloves or whatever. My view is that the gun is a tool and I carry and practice with it in such a way. This gun is certainly no collector's piece, it was designed and built to be carried. So anyway, the gun has received a bit of wear. Especially in the backstrap area where the finish is noticeably coming off. Its worn a little in other places, but the backstrap is the most obvious. I don't have any intention of parting with this gun any time in the foreseeable future, but I wonder how this will affect its value and whether I could have it blued or something. The frame, of course, is aluminum and I don't know anything about blueing. Its not an immediate concern... I'm just curious. Anyone have any thoughts?

    Here are a couple of pics of the gun:

    In the full shot, you can see a little wear on the frame above the cylinder release. You can also see, on the cylinder, the only time I've dropped a gun part while cleaning. The cylinder fell a foot or so onto concrete. Didn't make me happy, but it should still shoot the same. It just has more character now.

    The other pic is a close-up of the backstrap and its wear.
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    It's a tool. It is going to get wear on it. I have carried mine for years, ALWAYS in a holster. Look at the wear on the cylinder....



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    First, how about giving S&W Customer Service a call. They may just remedy it for you. If you want a refinish, I believe Robar can NP3 it.
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    On a carry gun I'd leave it alone unless it really bothers you.
    Just gives it character and folks who see it will know you're not a newbie gunner.

    As soon as you walked out of the gun shop with it (still in the box) it is termed a used gun.
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    Thanks very much for the input! The finish wear doesn't really bother me, I'm not terribly concerned about the looks of my carry companion.

    One day I may decide to sell the 642, but I'd surprise myself if I did. Its the first revolver I've ever fired and the first handgun I've ever actually owned, so in those respects I suppose it has something of a sentimental value for me. And in addition to that, I really enjoy shooting it!

    I returned home a couple of hours ago with a copy of Guns&Ammo Handguns. I don't normally buy gun mags, I just read the articles I have a slight interest in at the rack. It was "The Well-Dressed Gun" column by Greg Rodriguez titled "Souping up the Snubbie" (June/July 2008) that caught my eye. He had his 642 dressed up nicely. A gunsmith milled off the front ramp sight and replaced it with a much larger tritium dot sight. The smith also widened the rear sight channel, gave it a trigger job, chamfered the cylinder openings and bead-blasted and refinished the frame. Add to this laser grips and I'm envious.

    Maybe in a couple of years, I'll have the cash to upgrade this wonderful little gun.
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