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Old 07-31-2016, 07:22 PM
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Arrow Fixing a Poor Customer Polishing Job: 10mm S&W 1006 Pistol

From time to time I receive weapons partially polished by customers. Some of them put in just enough hours to realize that polishing their gun will have to be a multi-generational hand-me-down project, convincing them to send it off to a professional. Others put in the time and effort, but fail to achieve the desired result. This S&W 1006 recently arrived from a customer who found himself in the latter position.

These first two photos show the condition in which the slide (the only part he had polished) arrived. As you can see, there is quite a bit of reflectivity, but it ain't pretty!







Here is the same section after I finished with it. Notice the small section I circled in red. That was just to denote that those are not scratches, but some compound residue I didn't realize was there when I took the photos.









And here are several photos of the finished pistol.














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Old 07-31-2016, 07:23 PM
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:19 PM
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Awesome. I'll bet the owner is going to be a happy camper when he gets it back. I've tried my hand at polishing as well, but can't do better than a brushed 400-grit finish (and on flats, not rounds). Try to get it any shiner than that and I'm quickly in over my head.
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