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Old 04-14-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Holes and pins in S&W model 64-5 (circa 1990)

Hi,

I have questions about a Smith and Wesson model 64-5 revolver that seems to have an uncommon feature. On the left side of the frame there is a hole and stainless steel plug (or pin?) just under 1/4" in diameter. On the right side of the gun (the cover side) there is the same type of hole and plug (in the cover), but it does NOT correspond to where the hole on the other side is. The hole on the right side in the cover is a bit lower and more forward and seems to be associated with the trigger. The hole on the left side is more rearward (just behind the stamped logo) and would seem to be associated with the hammer. Sorry, I can't show you pictures of this.


I checked online and haven't seen any other 64-5's (or any other Smith and Wesson revolver) with these features. Does anyone know, is this indicative of some sort of modification? If so, what would they be modifiying?

Or did Smith and Wesson use this type of construction for a very brief period of time? If it's some sort of mod, the work looks quite clean.

Thank you in advance for any info.
 
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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That doesn't sound like anything I've ever seen from S&W.
It's probably some sort of after market modification, but without seeing pictures or the gun, I can't think of what they might be for.

If you look closely on the left side of a S&W you can usually just make out the hammer and trigger frame pins, but these are forward of the logo.
There's no holes or pins in a S&W factory side plate.

Rest assured, someone thought it was a good idea at the time.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response, dfariswheel, but I finally figured out what I was looking at...it was not as it appeared to be. I will be back...I'm sure I'll have more gun related questions in the future. (Hopefully the next one won't be so confounding...it took me several hours to figure this one out.)

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Old 04-15-2011, 03:23 AM   #4
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So Jimmy....What did You figure out...

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Old 04-15-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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So Jimmy....What did You figure out...
Well, it's a bit embarrassing, but I bought this used model 64-5 yesterday...thought I looked it over pretty good, but as I was filling out the paper work, I saw a small round discolored circle on the frame. I asked" is that a sticker on there or something?" It looked kind of like a round clear plastic stick-on thing.

But the shop owner said "No, that's the pivot point for the pin for the hammer" or something like that. There was one on the other side, too.

I said, "My model 10 doesn't have that!"

He said, "Probably does, just can't see it through the blued finish."

Didn't sound right...but he had a money back guarantee, so I took it. Saw NO stainless guns that had that sort of set up on the internet. Started worring it was some sort of hack job.

Didn't take the cover off, but did remove the grips to look up in there with a flash light. After WAY too long of worrying about it, I cocked that gun and said, "Hey, nothing's pivoting at that point! And there's no trace of it inside of the frame! "

Got to looking closer at that circle and said, "Hmmm..." Stared poking at it with my finger nail, and found out that....it was a little round clear plastic sticker.

And it only took me several hours to figure that out. It was on there TIGHT, but they both peeled right off. They'd been on there for years, apparently, because the finish under where they were is very shiny.

Any ideas why someone would put those on a stainless gun? (And please don't say "It's an I.Q. test." )

Anyway, another example of why you should NOT ignore your initial instincts.

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Old 04-15-2011, 11:48 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. I have no clue, but hit that weapon with a coat of "Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish" and an old t-shirt. The whole thing will be brought to the level of brilliance that you uncovered under the sticker. If you don't like that polished look, don't do it again. In time, it will dull evenly, and you won't see those spots.....
 
Old 04-15-2011, 01:13 PM   #7
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Hey, thanks for the great tip. And I'm glad to be here! (and I'm quite happy with my "new" S & W 64.)

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Old 04-15-2011, 03:00 PM   #8
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( I'm quite happy with my "new" S & W 64.)
I'm sure you're gonna love it. Stay safe.........
 
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When we think of these problems we automatically assume the most complicated issue, not the simplest. Welcome to the club. We've all been there.
 
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Hey Sarge. Glad to see your post. You've been MIA a bit lately.........
 
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