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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriotpapa View Post
    Greetings fellow enthusiasts! I am helping a friend who, shall we say, lacks knowledge of firearms. He recently inherited a .38 revolver (no idea of mfg) that has not been cleaned in, oh, 50+ years... The trigger pull is estimated at about 110 lbs... I have offered to clean the dang thing & am wondering about stripping the grips off & soaking the entire pistol in some CLR.
    Good idea or bad? As old as it is I know there are no polymers in it & it does have a hefty feel for a 3 or 4" bbl length revolver. Anything I should be on the look out for?
    Thanks in advance for your advice. I really enjoy the feedback I get from you folks! You are the best!!
    Papa
    If it's not a rare piece, then your friend would probably be better off with just buying something newer that is actually 'safe to use'.
    Fascist's are Magicians...They can make our Property, our Freedom's & even our Children 'Disappear'.
    ~Outlaw~

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  3. #12
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    One of my first shooters was a gub style 32 Colt. It took a lot of buffing to get it back to decent fireable condition. It is one of my "room guns" now but was my carry for several years. A story behind it: I flew into Atlanta headed back to Charlotte and noticed a no firearms sign (hijacking to Cuba was prevelant then). Gave it to a ticket clerk and the pilot handed it back to me in Charlotte. Try that today--lol.

  4. #13
    Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah all! I appreciate all the responses and suggestions given regarding this old .38 special. You folks are awesome! I deep cleaned the pistol twice - you would not believe the gunk that came out! Trigger pull is improved by over 50% by my guess. I returned the pistol to my friend when they came through town a couple of weeks ago, but I have forwarded recent suggestions made here to him by email. I am going to suggest to him he take the pistol to a gunsmith for a safety check as was recently suggested. Very appropriate suggestion by the way!! Thank you - didn't even cross my mind!!
    See you folks again after the first of the year!! Be safe, shoot straight!
    Papa

  5. #14
    Pics - or it didn't happen!! LOL

    Seriously, glad to see the old gun is coming back to life. Would love to see some photos of her when she's cleaned up and shooting again!
    S&W M&P 45; Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum; Charter Arms .38 Undercover
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