I grew up hearing about all these guns my grandfather had. (Father's father) I got to see a couple of them over the years, only rifles, but I knew there were more. He kept them in storage and was very guarded about them until recently now that his health is poor. My father finally was able to gain access to them and I fear most if not all are ruined. They were stored in the attic and there was a moisture problem. We are still looking for the Mauser/Luger P08 he brought home from WWII.
For now though, I have been cleaning up the first one which is an old S&W Safety Hammerless, 3 inch barrel. I believe its a 4th model. When my father brought it to me this morning it was flat out orange and frozen closed. After a little PB Blaster to break it and then some TLC, I got it fully functional mechanically and everything feels smooth. The backstrap safety even works. There are only traces of the original nickel finish left.
I seriously doubt we would ever attempt to fire it again although if we did, we would get it checked out by a gunsmith/expert first. I know its 38 S&W and not 38 SPCL. Given the pictures below, any opinions on if its too far gone to bring back to a useable condition? I imagine this is destined for wall display only. So sad.