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So today is my birthday. Yesterday my wife said I could buy a gun at the pawnshop😁. So I bought three. A pawnshop about 50 miles from me does evidence/confiscation buys from local LE agencies and they have the “bargain section”. And I am needing to have some other pieces to showcase my work. A lot of these guns are absolute junk: missing parts, JB weld repairs, solid blocks of rust. Some, the only thing that classifies them as a firearm is there is a readable serial number. But there’s a few gems in there.

So I walked away with a Smith&Wesson 4013 .40 cal, an old Smith&Wesson .32 long pistol, and a Stevens 12 gauge pump shotgun with choked barrel. All for 600.00

They are in rough but very restorable shape. I think I found my new favorite place.
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Nice hobby! Do you keep them or sell them and buy more projects?

I look forward to seeing that revolver once finished.
 
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Still working on my gunsmith license/FFL, so right now the plan is to keep them. But I want to use them as “examples” of my work to show my abilities. Maybe down the road they will be sold.

On another note, does anybody have the Smith&Wesson book for dating? That .32 Long has a serial number of 42332 (all matching numbers). Looking to at least find the shipping date on it.
 

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So today is my birthday. Yesterday my wife said I could buy a gun at the pawnshop😁. So I bought three. A pawnshop about 50 miles from me does evidence/confiscation buys from local LE agencies and they have the “bargain section”. And I am needing to have some other pieces to showcase my work. A lot of these guns are absolute junk: missing parts, JB weld repairs, solid blocks of rust. Some, the only thing that classifies them as a firearm is there is a readable serial number. But there’s a few gems in there.

So I walked away with a Smith&Wesson 4013 .40 cal, an old Smith&Wesson .32 long pistol, and a Stevens 12 gauge pump shotgun with choked barrel. All for 600.00

They are in rough but very restorable shape. I think I found my new favorite place.
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That old S&W needs lots of love, but that is the one I would focus on. I hope the bore is good. If not those barrels pop up from time to time.
Looks great have fun.
 

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I agree, Northtidesix. Last night, as soon as I got it home, I stripped the handles off and soaked it in CLP. The cylinder release was frozen but after soaking and some gentle but repeated tapping with a brass drift punch I got it to break loose and was able to remove the cylinder assembly. Internals look pretty decent, bore has some wear but looks serviceable.
 

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I agree, Northtidesix. Last night, as soon as I got it home, I stripped the handles off and soaked it in CLP. The cylinder release was frozen but after soaking and some gentle but repeated tapping with a brass drift punch I got it to break loose and was able to remove the cylinder assembly. Internals look pretty decent, bore has some wear but looks serviceable.
When I get one badly rusted, I put it in a sealed tank full of ATF then let it cook for a few days, sometimes weeks. The hot sun in a sealed ATF container will dissolve lots of grime, corrosion and rust. ATF is the best cleaning solvent I ever came across.
 

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Can't wait to see the after pics. I've seen quite a few guns over the years that were rusted because of contact with blood, mostly from deer. It always looked a bit different than regular rust. That S&W 40 has that look...Hmmm
 
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Yeah, good eye. I noticed that the rust was a different color too. I was thinking it was the type of metal or coloration of the slide that caused that “brighter” color of rust. And the pattern was odd, only on the top of the slide and nowhere else. Haven’t touched it yet to figure it out. But it is fully functional and so I put it off until I get the .32 done
 

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I've cleaned up six or eight 'suicide guns'. Some had set for years and some had set for months in an evidence locker. In all instances it was about the first inch the muzzle area, both inside and outside, that was most effected.
 
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