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Old 11-26-2011, 09:37 AM   #11
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Looks more like handling scuffs than holster wear. A pretty presentable specimen; it would be better if you could talk him down $50.
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Agreed. In my experience, decent holsters won't mar the surface of a stainless pistol. These look like the marks that a firearm will acquire over time from normal use. Keep us posted on whether you close the deal. Good luck.
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In some auction websites, that would classify as new-in-box.

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Old 11-26-2011, 11:46 AM   #13
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A guy on one of my other forums is selling a Stainless Interarms PPK/S. He said it has about 500-1000 rounds through it, but shows some holster wear from being carried for years. I haven't taken a look at it yet but my question is can you remove the holster wear? Since it's stainless steel I assume you should be able to polish the wear out but wanted some info/advice about whether/how it can be done. Any insight would be appreciated.

On a side note: is $400 a good price? It doesn't come with the original case or paperwork though.
You can get holster wear on a stainless steel gun, I know - I just acquired a SS Interarms PPk, and it had wear marks from being shoved into and out of a Plastic Fobus holster a lot, plus being left in it a bit as well.

SS can corrode, and it can be scratched, the dirt and grit picked up in oil and in the holster lining can do a pretty good job of mucking up a SS finish.

I used some 00 & 0000 steel wool to clean off the wear in some spots, and along the slide flats I used a hand held cratex polishing wheel laid flat, and moving it along the grain to smooth out and remove the crud and the worst of the wear marks and abrasion marks.

It cleaned up nice, doesn't look like it was hand polished on a Dremmel or buffing wheel, and is more pleasing to the eye now.

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You can get holster wear on a stainless steel gun, I know - I just acquired a SS Interarms PPk, and it had wear marks from being shoved into and out of a Plastic Fobus holster a lot, plus being left in it a bit as well.

SS can corrode, and it can be scratched, the dirt and grit picked up in oil and in the holster lining can do a pretty good job of mucking up a SS finish.

I used some 00 & 0000 steel wool to clean off the wear in some spots, and along the slide flats I used a hand held cratex polishing wheel laid flat, and moving it along the grain to smooth out and remove the crud and the worst of the wear marks and abrasion marks.

It cleaned up nice, doesn't look like it was hand polished on a Dremmel or buffing wheel, and is more pleasing to the eye now.

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The idea is to get only a "lined leather" holster for your carry gun whether it is a "back up (like most Walthers in PP series)" or a carry all day gun anywhere anytime to deal with the unexpected while dressed as a gentleman or Hawaii Five in shorts and T shirt.

In the end all blued concealable pistols rust. You want Stainless Steel because you carry the gun on your ankle or armpit or inside waist holster.

All the rest will rust.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:39 AM   #15
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The idea is to get only a "lined leather" holster for your carry gun whether it is a "back up (like most Walthers in PP series)" or a carry all day gun anywhere anytime to deal with the unexpected while dressed as a gentleman or Hawaii Five in shorts and T shirt.

In the end all blued concealable pistols rust. You want Stainless Steel because you carry the gun on your ankle or armpit or inside waist holster.

All the rest will rust.
I think the point is that stainless steel will corrode and can be abraded,
and it can be cleaned up if desired also, and a lot easier than a blue gun.
I've bought SS before, and will again, when I want a lower maintenance
gun or plan to put it into harsher environments.

There are some out there who don't worry about what holster type
they use, or how they clean things, but if you acquire a SS gun that has
been cosmetically abused, it can be made prettier more easily than blue gun can.

Blue looks better to me though . . . and I've carried blue guns
for upwards of 30 years now, without rust . . . .

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I think the point is that stainless steel will corrode and can be abraded,
and it can be cleaned up if desired also, and a lot easier than a blue gun.
I've bought SS before, and will again, when I want a lower maintenance
gun or plan to put it into harsher environments.

There are some out there who don't worry about what holster type
they use, or how they clean things, but if you acquire a SS gun that has
been cosmetically abused, it can be made prettier more easily than blue gun can.

Blue looks better to me though . . . and I've carried blue guns
for upwards of 30 years now, without rust . . . .

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The blued guns will rust and function fine as stainless.

My own feeling is the gun I carry next to my body sweat is a gun I rely upon not only for function but also appearance.

A rusting blued metal gun on my insides is not what I want. Stainless, if neglected, will also corrode over time in the salty sweat of the bearer but if the bearer wants to take care of his inside gun stainless is a lot easier.

Either will work!
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Drifter, FWIW, I just bought a little bight blue ,wood gripped gun from a dealer in California & when I got it I was amazed at how much better it looked than in the pictures on line. Needless to say I was more than happy.
I also have a 1966 PPK with some blue wear & I carry it & am just as happy for the wear as I don't worry about it . There is alot to say say good about a little wear on a blue gun, as I wouldn't want to carry a mint one.
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Holster wear, from this holster...many years worth.
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I appreciate all the feedback! Unfortunately the seller was messaging me and telling me I can come by and take a look at it when he actually meant to message another interested party instead; so it looks like I won't be picking this one up .

It's probably for the best though; maybe an older one that classifies as C&R in CA will come my way! The C&R handguns are exempt from our stupid roster so I could have an older one shipped to an FFL out here which means I can order from basically anywhere. I'm in no hurry to purchase, but I am a bit disappointed as the PPK is one of my all time favorite guns and is something I've been looking for for awhile.
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Photohause has it right. A stainless Walther in a simple leather design.

What else is needed?

In blued Walthers we suffer the sweat attack and premature denigration of these prized Walthers we trust our lives to in concealed carry.
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