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SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

I’m not a fan of refinished or “restored” guns. I say “restored” because old shotguns and rifles can never really be restored to their original finish — regardless of what gunsmiths or gun dealers may say. Original finish is like your virginity, when it’s gone, it’s gone.

But can’t you make old shotgun look new again? Rarely. Most of the time they just look refinished.

The Brits love to re-black, re-checker, and re-finish old doubles, so much so that I swear original finishes piss them off. So I was surprised when I saw this post on Simon Clode’s blog The Explora.

Simon Clode runs Westley Richards, and he’s a Brit through and through. Under his guidance, Westley has established itself as one of the world’s most successful gunmakers. After reading this post, I wonder if some of this success comes from Mr Clode having a different attitudes towards just how things should be done.

Losing the Patina. Refinish or Not?

“I feel a good ‘follow on’ to the excellent post about patina, is a message about restoring guns and deciding if they are not ‘better off left alone” thus retaining their Patina.

I have always been very much against refurbishing guns for the sake of it. It actually takes a great deal of skill to work the finish of a gun and most of the guns I see at gun shows have suffered more financially as a result of a bad refinish, than if they had just been left alone…”

Visit The Explora now to read the entire piece

4 Responses to “Refinish or Restore? Should you or shouldn’t you…”

  1. Giuseppe Papandrea says:

    Gregg,
    I’m with you. A refinished gun….looks….REFINISHED. Great analogy concerning virginity status. I’m a big fan of original patina blemished or not. just seems to feel better when its got miles 😉

    Giuseppe

  2. John Vance says:

    For every proper restoration it seems there are ten amateur butcher jobs that cause one to cringe on sight. In the states we now have Turnbull who has taken restoration to a new level of acceptance – his shop truly ads value and may even exceed the beauty of the original.

  3. Gregg says:

    You’re a smart man!

    Have a great Christmas.

    Gregg

  4. Gregg says:

    I don’t know, John. I disagree. Turnbull does nice work, but all he’s turning out is more refinished Parkers. I prefer the all-original one, and the collectors do, too.

    Thanks for the comment. Have a great Christmas.

    Gregg

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