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  • RevolverGuy

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    3,000 made in 1980, it doesn’t sound like NYSP was waiting on S&W.

    The Standard Catalog Of Smith & Wesson simply says the guns were never delivered.

    A version I read was that NYSP caught wind of the L-frame and decided to wait. They had something like 4 different revolvers in service during the ‘70s and wanted to standardize. They eventually issued the 681.

    Still, a super-cool find.
     

    Txhighlander

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    She had range time today, excellent shooter. I started the removal of rust this afternoon. There will be pitting unfortunately. I will continue to remove rust carefully till time to send off. Parkerizing is what was recommended to finish it with due to the pitting. We will see. It will never be worth it as a collector but should make an excellent carry gun.
     

    Txhighlander

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    I enlisted a friend to help, with the use of naval jelly , steel wool and lots of elbow grease it looks like bluing should work well. All the rust has been removed there is a little pitting but not near what I thought there would be. I have to admit I am getting jazzed about the project. I will send it to Vermont for the rest of the work. More to come later.
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    Txhighlander

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    This is definitely a good project. I hadn't seen this thread before and had no idea what that revolver was.
    I didn't either till I saw it. I did the research and the guy doing the work is in Vermont so he knows a lot of the area's history not to mention he has repurposed a number of these revolvers in to other calibers. A worthy project and should make a excellent carry piece.
     

    Txhighlander

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    Project update, very sad news to tell. Karl Sokol was the gunsmith who was working on this revolver. He passed away earlier this month. His loss will be felt all over the globe due to his level of gunsmith work was carried all over the globe. He was a personal friend who allowed me to stay with him and his family a few times when in the area. A brother to me and Godfather to my daughter. He will be missed.

    I should have the revolver back this week. A local friend will do the action work. I will rent the tool to champer the cylinder holes an I found a local guy for the finish work. I have seen his work and he cares about doing a good job. The top refinishing guys are 6 months to a year plus out. I really don't think I need to send her out of the area again unless there is no choice.

    The other project was a S&W 3914. This would have been the 3rd time back there for a problem that was plaguing him. The last time I got to talk to him he told me it actually malfunctioned enough he thought he knew what was wrong. I have no ideal till I get it back weather he was able to fix it or not. It never made it back to the range.

    In truth this was loosing more than a brother. May he rest in peace.
     

    candcallen

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    Project update, very sad news to tell. Karl Sokol was the gunsmith who was working on this revolver. He passed away earlier this month. His loss will be felt all over the globe due to his level of gunsmith work was carried all over the globe. He was a personal friend who allowed me to stay with him and his family a few times when in the area. A brother to me and Godfather to my daughter. He will be missed.

    I should have the revolver back this week. A local friend will do the action work. I will rent the tool to champer the cylinder holes an I found a local guy for the finish work. I have seen his work and he cares about doing a good job. The top refinishing guys are 6 months to a year plus out. I really don't think I need to send her out of the area again unless there is no choice.

    The other project was a S&W 3914. This would have been the 3rd time back there for a problem that was plaguing him. The last time I got to talk to him he told me it actually malfunctioned enough he thought he knew what was wrong. I have no ideal till I get it back weather he was able to fix it or not. It never made it back to the range.

    In truth this was loosing more than a brother. May he rest in peace.
    Condolences
     

    paknheat

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    Project update, very sad news to tell. Karl Sokol was the gunsmith who was working on this revolver. He passed away earlier this month. His loss will be felt all over the globe due to his level of gunsmith work was carried all over the globe. He was a personal friend who allowed me to stay with him and his family a few times when in the area. A brother to me and Godfather to my daughter. He will be missed.

    I should have the revolver back this week. A local friend will do the action work. I will rent the tool to champer the cylinder holes an I found a local guy for the finish work. I have seen his work and he cares about doing a good job. The top refinishing guys are 6 months to a year plus out. I really don't think I need to send her out of the area again unless there is no choice.

    The other project was a S&W 3914. This would have been the 3rd time back there for a problem that was plaguing him. The last time I got to talk to him he told me it actually malfunctioned enough he thought he knew what was wrong. I have no ideal till I get it back weather he was able to fix it or not. It never made it back to the range.

    In truth this was loosing more than a brother. May he rest in peace.

    So sorry to hear this.
    Condolences to you.


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