Re: 3E question before purchase
Posted by John L. on March 18, 2012, 6:23 am, in reply to "Re: 3E question before purchase"
Hello Tom, and welcome to the Forum. Unless you're specifically looking for a real "project gun", Mr. Murphy is probably right. If the rib were only loose for an inch or two back near the fore arm lug, that is a pretty easy fix, even for a do-it- your-selfer, but it sounds as though the entire rib should be re-laid, and there's likely enough corrosion to justify re-laying the top rib while you're at it. Then the barrels will need to be re-rust blued. If the barrels are as shiny as you indicate, there's a pretty good chance that they've been honed, which throws questionable barrel wall thickness into the equation. If the barrels are not original length, that hugely affects the value as well. |
If I were looking to get into my first LC Smith,
I'd want one that I could get out and start shooting with, even if it were a field grade in good condition, vs a higher grade gun with many issues.