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Old January 11, 2019, 06:55 PM   #26
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Gary- some idiot will try it!
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Old January 11, 2019, 08:26 PM   #27
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"I can't address the OP's issue, but I can state that I have purchased dozens of guns on GB. I have rarely been disappointed."


Same here. One thing I look for is how many guns they've sold. If they've sold over a thousand, I figure that they're in it for the long haul and will treat their customers right. If they've sold seven guns or something like that, I figure it's a gamble.
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Old January 11, 2019, 08:34 PM   #28
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If you haven't had a problem gun, you can't speak to how gunbroker handles it.

I assure you, Gunbroker will immediately say they have nothing to do with descriptions and they are not holding money.

Do you send money to Gunbroker? No. So what can Gunbroker do, in all honesty? Nothing.
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Old January 11, 2019, 08:56 PM   #29
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I buy a lot of guns on line, 99% S&W revolvers. I don't by off GB and like sights. If they aren't accepting responsibility what is their function. I buy only from forums with guys that
have reps. No one is going to blow their reputation by selling a damaged gun as hi condition To much sale on line is like smash & crash robberies. Hi dollar price would tend to put ones
mind at rest, effective tatic. If you deal enough you are going to get short stroked at some
point.
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Old January 11, 2019, 10:04 PM   #30
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I would find the guy and take a drive
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Old January 12, 2019, 02:57 AM   #31
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Picking up a new sideplate shouldn't be too difficult. Just make sure everything inside is properly installed, put a new plate on it and call it good. I doubt there is any damage other than the plate really. We live and learn...continually throughout life.
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Old January 12, 2019, 02:01 PM   #32
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I'd put in in a vise and squeeze it.
You would not!!!
I don't know-what's to lose? Equal pressure from all sides might help to straighten a slightly deformed side plate. If it doesn't work (and it probably won't), go shopping for a new one.
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Old January 12, 2019, 03:02 PM   #33
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S&W sideplates are fitted to the gun. They are stamped in place, so that the fit is correct.
"putting a new plate" on is highly unlikely, if not impossible.

As I said, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong, other than the screws need tightening.

S&W sideplates are not something you screw around with. If you do they will never fit right again.
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Old January 12, 2019, 03:10 PM   #34
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Sorry this happen to you. It does leave a sickening taste in one's mouth. If you stay in the shooting, gun collecting, hobby for as long as I have your bound to get burned. It has not happened to me very many times, but sometimes it is best to just learn from it, swallow it, and go on. I have so many great gun memories and own some wonderful firearms that it so out weighs the few bad memories. But as I have already said, I'm sorry for you.
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Old January 12, 2019, 03:18 PM   #35
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S&W sideplates are fitted to the gun.
That’s what I was thinking.
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Old January 12, 2019, 07:53 PM   #36
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Notice the OP has not been back to this thread?
He must have figured out how to tighten the sideplate screws.
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Old January 12, 2019, 08:05 PM   #37
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Or, he feels embarrassed by the piling on about how he paid too much
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Old January 12, 2019, 08:35 PM   #38
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Or he removed the sideplate and discovered the source of the bulge was a wad of twelve $100 bills.
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Old January 13, 2019, 10:08 AM   #39
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Or, as Jolly Roger suggested above, he found the seller and they went "for a ride."

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Old January 13, 2019, 02:08 PM   #40
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Flight Medic isn't a daily visitor, and never has been.
He'll be back. Have patience.
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Old January 13, 2019, 02:43 PM   #41
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Do you send money to Gunbroker? No. So what can Gunbroker do, in all honesty? Nothing.
Gunbroker collects a fee on the final selling price.
The last gun I sold on Gunbroker cost me $73.
That said, if you have a problem you are pretty much on your own.

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Old January 13, 2019, 06:27 PM   #42
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Any time you buy off Gunbroker you pay your money and take your chances. I've bought 3 or 4 guns and I have been a little disappointed with a couple, you take your lumps and go on. You are taking a chance any time you buy thru GB.
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Old January 14, 2019, 02:28 AM   #43
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Bill DeShivs is quite correct regarding sideplates, I have been through the S&W revolver school on two occasions and each time we started with a frame that had the side plate marked with an assembly number for that weapon only and pre fitted before we began building. We were advised the sideplate was machined to give a flawless fit, we were also informed of the proper way to remove and install same...a crowbar was not part of the tool kit!
If tightening the screws did not correct perceived problems I would submit the pistol to S&W for repairs where you will get quality work for your buck.

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Old January 14, 2019, 10:38 AM   #44
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This is why I never buy on line. Local gun shop only where I can see and handle before I buy.
Never had a problem....
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Old January 14, 2019, 11:12 AM   #45
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That's great if you have a LGS with a great selection at good prices. Not all of us have that luxury, unfortunately.
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Old January 14, 2019, 02:26 PM   #46
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I'm thinking that if you don't know how to tighten a screw, you probably shouldn't own a gun.
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Old January 14, 2019, 03:22 PM   #47
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Now Bill, I am willing to bet that there are a LOT of folks who do not know the proper way to remover a sideplate, or that you shouldn't be using your Craftsman screwdrivers on gun screws.....
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Old January 14, 2019, 05:48 PM   #48
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He'll be back. Have patience.
Dude, focus.

Flight Medic took the seller-dude for a ride. He won't be back.

Best believe that things got made right, .... with cash, or otherwise.
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Old January 15, 2019, 01:27 AM   #49
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10 funny points for the comment above this. Well done human
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Old January 16, 2019, 12:43 AM   #50
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I've bought a number of firearms on gunbroker and really no problems yet. I bought those guns on line because no dealer would stock what I needed when I was still competing. However if I was looking for something common like a 629 and wanted a show piece, you need to see that first hand before you buy and should be able to find that locally IMHO.
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