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restore or not to restore?
April 11, 2021
8:51 pm
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a recent estate find is a pre 64 model 94 in a conservative 80%+ condition overall.

the issue is that somewhere along the way, someone has scratched their ss# 3/8″ tall on receiver. and not a very good job of it either!

i think it could be removed and reblued.

any thoughts?

thanks, ah

April 12, 2021
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It would help to know just how much “pre-64” that it is (the S/N will answer that question). Next, it would also help to know which caliber it is. Last question… how much did you have to pay to acquire it?

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April 12, 2021
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I wouldn’t

April 12, 2021
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ah5foot19 said
i think it could be removed and reblued.  

Question is, can you bear to tolerate such flagrant evidence of the stupid slobishness of that previous owner?  I couldn’t.  Honest wear & tear I can live with, but sheer brainless vandalism–no.  If not you, somebody should erase that vandalism. 

April 12, 2021
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clarence said

ah5foot19 said
i think it could be removed and reblued.  

Question is, can you bear to tolerate such flagrant evidence of the stupid slobishness of that previous owner?  I couldn’t.  Honest wear & tear I can live with, but sheer brainless vandalism–no.  If not you, somebody should erase that vandalism.   

Back in the 70’s law enforcement recommended people carve their SS# on anything valuable top aid in recovery from theft. Post some pictures of it so we can see what condition its in then we can tell you what would be prudent. To refinish that gun to the like new finish my cost you more than what its worth.

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April 12, 2021
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1873man said

Back in the 70’s law enforcement recommended people carve their SS# on anything valuable top aid in recovery from theft.  

They also say, never attempt to defend yourself or property, call a cop.  Taking orders from self-serving public officials is as stupid as obeying Dr. Fauci.

Only the rcvr. would need refinishing. 

April 12, 2021
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To me, seeing these markings on any gun is an eyesore and would be a big pass for me.  I don’t care for refinished guns either.  I would leave it as someone else’s problem and move on.  Too many other pre-64 94’s to choose from.

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April 12, 2021
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Of course since you have his SS# you could always find out who the culprit is/was….

April 12, 2021
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Like Bob said.  I wouldn’t buy it if it bothers you.  There are plenty of these guns out there.  A restoration can further take away any value. If you already bought it just shoot it as is.

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deerhunter said
To me, seeing these markings on any gun is an eyesore and would be a big pass for me.  I don’t care for refinished guns either.  I would leave it as someone else’s problem and move on.  Too many other pre-64 94’s to choose from.

Don  

Definite +1; reserving only the category of “truck gun”, if ultra cheap, if needed and if in common 30-30!  

Best!

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April 12, 2021
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I’d pass as is pretty much a ‘no-win’ situation as leaving it ‘as is’ destroys it’s value and fixing it destroys it’s value. 

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April 13, 2021
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if it was cheap enough and you want to make a shooter out of it, have it buffed and cerakote or parked? or durablue spray? like others say it’s not a collectable so spend 35 bucks on the durablue. jim

April 13, 2021
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95% might change my mind but 80% with that DAMAGE is a deal breaker.

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RickC said
95% might change my mind but 80% with that DAMAGE is a deal breaker.  

To me, damage of any kind looks more unsightly, more “sad,” on a high condition gun than on a low; how sad to think the 95% gun was well cared for most of its life, then fell into the hands of a SOB who neglected or, as in this case, stupidly abused it.  The same damage on a beater seems not nearly as offensive. 

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clarence said

To me, damage of any kind looks more unsightly, more “sad,” on a high condition gun than on a low; how sad to think the 95% gun was well cared for most of its life, then fell into the hands of a SOB who neglected or, as in this case, stupidly abused it.  The same damage on a beater seems not nearly as offensive.   

I agree.  Seeing that kind of damage/graffiti on a 95% gun would make me sick to my stomach.  On a beater, just to be used as a tool, not so much.

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April 13, 2021
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clarence said

To me, damage of any kind looks more unsightly, more “sad,” on a high condition gun than on a low; how sad to think the 95% gun was well cared for most of its life, then fell into the hands of a SOB who neglected or, as in this case, stupidly abused it.  The same damage on a beater seems not nearly as offensive.   

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I agree.  Seeing that kind of damage/graffiti on a 95% gun would make me sick to my stomach.  On a beater, just to be used as a tool, not so much.

Don  

I agree as well. Damage/graffiti just blends in on a beater. 

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April 13, 2021
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Ah, the appeal of the, “good deal.”  Otherwise known as a bad idea.  I am amazed how many are attracted to something that is flawed, but priced a bit less than a non-flawed item.  In my experience the temptation of the lower price should be kept in check.  An exception is if you have need for a piece that will serve as a beater.  If the carbine is mechanically excellent, it will function just as well as a carbine with no extra numbers.  A piece like the one described could get knocked around a bit without the agony one feels over a nice piece.

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I think we should all have “shooters” and some of us feel the need to keep a “beater” or two around. Restored or unrestored it will always be tough to sell and restoration costs will likely be lost. I love to shoot but I’ve finally quit buying “shooters” and may even try to sell a few this year. If you’re new to collecting this 94 will allow you to learn about this model without endangering a better quality example. I love my shooters but I’m learning that higher quality guns are better investments. 

 

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April 14, 2021
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Until the OP posts a picture of the gun we have no idea what we are talking about.

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When my father in law passed away I was given a couple guns he had owned for years.  Problem is he owned a cheap engraving tool and yes every gun and tool with any value had his name and last four of his social security number.  I never intend to sell the guns, just pass them on to some other member of the family.  Kind of like some of the carving I have seen on what would have been a real nice collectable gun that somebody inherited and decided to carve a really nice deer or pig or whatever it looked like on the stock.

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