Suggestions, recommendations appreciated

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by DallasCop2566, May 27, 2009.

  1. DallasCop2566

    DallasCop2566 New Member

    May 24, 2009
    Back in ancient history when duty weapons were restricted to mostly revolvers, I carried a Smith and Wesson Model 686 (stainless finish, 4 inch barrel, .357 magnum caliber).

    I retired and a friend that is an officer in a suburban police department and is assigned to motorcycle traffic enforcement borrowed it and carried it while his normal duty weapon was being repaired.

    Apparently he used an old worn out holster and the strap snap on the inside next to the weapon was completely exposed and scratched the right side of the weapon,
    mostly on the side plate,cylinder and somewhat along the right side of the barrel. I guess with all the vibration and bouncing, it really caused a lot of scratches.

    I was wondering if it was possible to nickle plate a stainless weapon, anybody had experience with this procedure? I had a suggestion to take it to a metal polishing establishment, but all I found don't do small jobs or weapons.

    Any suggestions, recommendations greatly appreciated.

    Another chapter in the life of Poor Old Roy-----------:1zhelp:

  2. Army 1911

    Army 1911 Well-Known

    Mar 17, 2008
    Dallas Texas or so
    Don't know about nickle but hard chrome may work. You could also probably have the scratches polished out.
  3. dee

    dee Well-Known

    Nov 22, 2008
    Red River Way
    Smith and Wesson will if you want to send it back to them
  4. popo22

    popo22 Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    I have used very fine steel wool and "break free" to polish out light scratches from stainess steel on a few guns with good results.
  5. Big country

    Big country TGT Addict

    Mar 6, 2009
    Cedar Park,TX
    Smith and Wesson would probably be your best bet. I know some one who sand blasted a slide on a S&W 1911 and I know the guy he sold it to. The guy he sold it to called S&W the next day and they told him to "send it in" and if there was any way to do it for free they would. He did and they made it look brand new and didn't charge him a dime. I don't know shipping arrangements but I'll call him tonight and ask. I'll post what I find out.
  6. 40Arpent

    40Arpent TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jul 16, 2008
    I have seen some before and after work done by S&W...I highly recommend you go that route!
  7. Green Hornet

    Green Hornet Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    North Texas

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