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Hey all, not very active on the forum but I lurk time to time. My last post was a mint condition model 65 I scored in a trade. Today I've got another classic I got at a great price. I'll post pics asap but I found a great condition model 80 38spc in stainless, blued hammer and trigger. I may replace those blued parts with case hardened hammer and trigger OR I may polish it all as a project.

Doing some research into the model 80 it's basically a clone of the smith and wesson model 10. I'm an owner who literally has no bias in manufacture, as long as it runs I'll like it. I only collect 2 types of firearms, AKs and its variants, and smith and wesson classic revolvers. Weird choice of firearms right? Considering the history with Taurus and how awesome my model 65 has been I think I'll definitely keep and eye out for classic Taurus revolvers.

Initial inspection, actions are smooth, lock up normal, no dents or dings on the frame, grips look great with avg wear. Overall finish is outstanding. It's not one of the Taurus police service models and my model 10 is a police trade in, so I jumped at the chance to purchase it.

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Blue hammer and trigger? It looks all in the world like a satin nickel gun, not stainless, but that's okay, classier IMHO. :D I have a satin nickel 66 what has a blued hammer/trigger, also, or really sorta color case hardened. The finish is JUST like that. It's a early/mid 90s gun.

I just love used Taurus handguns. You can get some REAL bargains. I paid $197 for my nickel 66 and it was/is like new. :D Great shooter, too. Have fun with that puppy.
 

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Blue hammer and trigger? It looks all in the world like a satin nickel gun, not stainless, but that's okay, classier IMHO. :D I have a satin nickel 66 what has a blued hammer/trigger, also, or really sorta color case hardened. The finish is JUST like that. It's a early/mid 90s gun.

I just love used Taurus handguns. You can get some REAL bargains. I paid $197 for my nickel 66 and it was/is like new. :D Great shooter, too. Have fun with that puppy.
I was told it was stainless, never owned a nickel pistol, I don't know how to tell the difference. Could be why it's got some rust? I've got it all apart and problem parts soaking in metal saver to remove all the rust. Can you even polish a satin nickel finish? If not there goes my plan to polish it
 

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I was told it was stainless, never owned a nickel pistol, I don't know how to tell the difference. Could be why it's got some rust? I've got it all apart and problem parts soaking in metal saver to remove all the rust. Can you even polish a satin nickel finish? If not there goes my plan to polish it
I would NOT attempt to polish it. A polished finish is done by polishing the metal BEFORE plating. You'll just succeed in removing the nickel.
 

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Looks like I'll have to do a patch job until I can get it bead blasted. I'll post before and after pics asap. I've got majority of it knocked out already. I'll clean it up best I can and put a coat of renaissance wax over it
 

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Very nice revolver, sir. Now let's see some of your AKs.

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I think most of the older guns were built better than the new ones.

People always say that though. Older Rugers better than new (Six series, 3-Screw). Older Smiths better than new... Model 27/19 better than new 686.... Early 66s better than new 7 shots.....

I have nothing to really compare except the GP100 and Security Six, and I can see how one would like one over the other. I see benefits of both.
 
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