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Old October 30th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default Polished up the Trooper Mk III .357 Magnum

Spent yesterday working on my nickel 1976 Colt Trooper Mk. III .357 Magnum.

It has its marks and what not it has acquired over the last 37 years. 99% of them are all very very light and could probably be buffed out easily with a more aggressive (abrasive) metal polish. That kind of thing is playing with fire on an old nickel plated gun like this. You just don't know how many times it has been polished in the past. Just not sure of how thick that nickel plating still is.

So I decided to use a non-abrasive polish and seal it with Renaissance Wax. I chose Flitz for the polish at the recommendation of quite a few old timers and the results were great. 90% of the light scratches remained but this old beauty shines like a new gun now.

Anyway... Here's some pics!

Before polishing:





After Flitz:







^Not even a trace of the almost 40 year old powder ring on the face of the cylinder!

After final polish and sealed with Renaissance Wax:






She's a beauty!

I currently open carry it using an old police duty holster that I have been restoring back to its old former glory. I love bringing this old stuff back to life. It's a lot of fun and the night and day difference from before and after really makes it worth it. The leather restoration is my favorite part though. Might just have to turn that into a way to make money

I also took this old girl to the range on Sunday. At 15 yards it tore the bullseye out of a man sized qualification silhouette. I ended up moving the target all the way back to 25 yards (max for the pistol range at Bald Mountain) just for a challenge but it was still way too easy. Even shooting HOT .357 Mag it barely moves in your hands. Definitely my new favorite.
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Damn that's purty.
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It definitely is. We're gonna have to hit the range sometime in the near future. It shoots even better than it looks!
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I'm impressed.
I have a nickel plated S&W 29-1 that has one scratch that I'm afraid to try this on.
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It definitely is. We're gonna have to hit the range sometime in the near future. It shoots even better than it looks!
For sure, although as good as that looks I may attempt to fukc the trigger guard.
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I have a nickel plated S&W 29-1 that has one scratch that I'm afraid to try this on.
How deep is the scratch?

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