Good News from the Gunsmith
I have an old Smith&Wesson .38 Special that I've had for over 20 years. Since I've had it, it's mostly been in a pouch made for pistols. I'm not sure what happened to the case but for the past couple of years, it has been sitting on a shelf in the closet.
I thought about trading it as well as keeping it at home for a back up. I was, however, concerned about the firing pin being too loose and decided to take it in and have it looked at. If the gunsmith thought the gun was safe to shoot, then I would have it repaired and if it was determined to be un-safe then I would just keep it for the sake of having it.
After the gunsmith looked at it, he told me that it is normal for the firing pin to be a little loose in the model that I have but he would still tighten it up for me. After a quick tear down, he brought the gun out for me to inspect. He told me that the gun needed a good cleaning. He added that the springs are starting to rust and a good cleaning would prevent the gun from deteriorating more and would put it in good working order.
Over all, I was very happy with the news that I received. The gunsmith reassured me that the gun is safe to shoot. He said that he would trust it to fire 200-300 rounds a day. He told me it would make a good back up good for the house. He also told me that I needed to store the gun in a gun sock with silicon. He told me that the billfold type cases that fold over and have a zipper is the worst thing that you can keep a gun in. He said that the things do nothing but hold moisture. He said that a gun needs to have air but the moisture in the air that we have here in KY is also bad for guns. He said that they have guns in the shop that rust from sitting.
I'm going to get a gun sock before I pick my .38 up. I'm also going to get one for my 10/22 that I am storing in a suede case.
This is what the gun looked like before I took it in. The gunsmith told me that I wouldn't recognize it when I get it back. I may post a picture on here to show you the "after" shot.
One last thing, I was very happy with how considerate the gunsmith was for my safety. When he wrote the ticket, he didn't put my address on it. He said that he leaves it off tickets so if they get lost that people won't find them, go to your house hoping to steal a gun/s. I appreciated his consideration.
Oh, he told me that I have a model 15 - which I didn't know. ;-)