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Old 01-20-2020, 09:02 PM
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Looking at this for possible purchase. Pics do not do the finish justice. It is much more a luster blued. Know the slide stop is later but wondering about the stamping on the left frame? Over stamp/re-stamp/fake or what?

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Old 01-20-2020, 09:10 PM
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I'm no expert but it looks right to me.
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:12 PM
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Curious about the word property?
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:44 PM
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It looks lightly polished and refinished.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:07 PM
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I had thoughts on the finish too. Although the stampings are fairly crisp?
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:05 PM
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The pictures make it hard to tell, but I strongly suspect that is a refinished pistol. I don't believe the grips are originals either.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:45 AM
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The pictures make it hard to tell, but I strongly suspect that is a refinished pistol. I don't believe the grips are originals either.
what can I say?? he took the words right out of my mouth.
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Old 01-21-2020, 02:29 AM
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The finish still donít look right, I would suspect a refinish and lightly polished.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:58 AM
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The pictures could be misleading, but that finish doesn't look original to me.
Would be interesting to see better close ups taken in the shade, natural light without flash.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:04 PM
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Old 02-01-2020, 09:11 PM
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I'm still fairly certain its a refinish, albeit a very competent one.
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Old 02-02-2020, 12:18 AM
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Thanks for the opinion. I have to agree it is well done. A very light polish and done so close to the dull finish it is hard to tell at first.
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