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Old 11-05-2016, 04:47 PM
PatriotPolishing PatriotPolishing is offline
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Exclamation Polished Smith & Wesson 637 Airweight Revolver

This aluminum-framed S&W Model 637 is on its way back to a customer in The Lone Star State. I have polished several aluminum-framed S&W pistols before, but this was the first revolver. Like the pistols, however, the aluminum alloy they use is of great quality aesthetically and is a close match to the stainless steel cylinder and barrel, shine-wise. This is not always the case!

Some aluminum-framed guns (Kimbers, for example) use an aluminum alloy that has tiny sand-like particles embedded in it. Although it is perfectly functional, it looks like crap when stripped of its coating and polished, as the little particles stand out. Of course, none of these manufacturers expect you to strip and polish their frames, so they aren't going for aesthetics in their choices.

This particular revolver had a few areas of deep pitting on the cylinder, which I awesomely neglected to photograph before repairing. There are just one or two pits that I didn't blend out completely, as they were near one of the slots for the cylinder stop. Take off too much material there and the cylinder will no longer lock up.

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