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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2021, 01:38:37 AM »
Congrats on the low number 78G Bob !!!

Wayne thanks for introducing me to it I'm still waiting for the shipping notice.

Congrats.
I'm hoping I can find a 79g in decent ( as long as it's not totally trashed ) cosmetic condition for a max of $100 shipped if I can, don't need a box or paperwork or anything like that.

I don't know if that's a realistic expectation though,  it's probably just another one of those guns that commands more than I'd want to spend.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2021, 05:30:33 AM »
Congrats.
I'm hoping I can find a 79g in decent ( as long as it's not totally trashed ) cosmetic condition for a max of $100 shipped if I can, don't need a box or paperwork or anything like that.

I don't know if that's a realistic expectation though,  it's probably just another one of those guns that commands more than I'd want to spend.


I saw some in the $150 range but where pretty beat up. My prerequisite  was original paint with minimum chips and low numbers.
I did find one but it cost me $200 plus shipping which is more than I wanted to pay but I could not pass it up.
We will see when I receive it. :o
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2021, 11:09:44 AM »
Bob,
You are right, a 79G in good condition not needing a reseal will be closer to $175 with shipping. Not saying that is what they are worth, just what the guns are bringing now days.
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2021, 11:26:44 AM »
Bob,
You are right, a 79G in good condition not needing a reseal will be closer to $175 with shipping. Not saying that is what they are worth, just what the guns are bringing now days.
That's what I figure, and am happy to reseal one if I have to.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2021, 05:06:19 PM »
I finally just got the Tracking number for the 78G that I ordered a week ago. I was getting a little concerned that I got scammed. :o
With the oncoming NE storm it will add a few more days to the delivery.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2021, 02:07:40 AM »
Bob USPS has been extremely terrible at their operations for over a year now around here, I think all them crooked sobs are using this covid garbage to blame everything on. I see it as all politics, when I get transactions for Fedex and UPS it's pretty much all spot on but when it's coming from USPS it's 99% of the time just fake bull.  Bottom line is they're not being honest about our government mail system.  I laughed my butt off a while back when David (Rocker1) posted in a thread that he had recently been kicked out of his post office . . . times are insane today.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2021, 02:15:09 AM »
Congrats.
I'm hoping I can find a 79g in decent ( as long as it's not totally trashed ) cosmetic condition for a max of $100 shipped if I can, don't need a box or paperwork or anything like that.

I don't know if that's a realistic expectation though,  it's probably just another one of those guns that commands more than I'd want to spend.


I saw some in the $150 range but where pretty beat up. My prerequisite  was original paint with minimum chips and low numbers.
I did find one but it cost me $200 plus shipping which is more than I wanted to pay but I could not pass it up.
We will see when I receive it. :o

I've got three of the 78G's and the one that was most inexpensive is going to end up being a parts gun unless I can find a couple parts for it at a half way decent price.  The rear sight on it was toast.  I'm tempted to take the valve assembly I have in it for my most pristine looking one because the poppet in that one didn't hold up but I did finally order an aftermarket one for it and that's another good example of how lame USPS has been because the poppet has been in limbo for quite a while now.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2021, 07:31:52 AM »
I've got three of the 78G's and the one that was most inexpensive is going to end up being a parts gun unless I can find a couple parts for it at a half way decent price.  The rear sight on it was toast.  I'm tempted to take the valve assembly I have in it for my most pristine looking one because the poppet in that one didn't hold up but I did finally order an aftermarket one for it and that's another good example of how lame USPS has been because the poppet has been in limbo for quite a while now.

Wayne WOW! You got three 78G's and I'm still waiting for one.
Since I have been waiting for mine I have been doing a little research and I found that there are a few improved peek design 78G's poppet available.
I will probably go this route if I find the poppet leaking after a reseal. I already have the reseal kit.
The big East Coast storm turned out to be a farce. My Town, only got a lot of rain but 5 miles inland the got 12 inches of the white stuff.  :D
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2021, 09:33:03 AM »
Bob that's fantastic that you didn't have a big storm to deal with there.  We got about 6 inches of snow on the previous day and that was probably the part of the storm moving through here that was supposed to hit you guys out east. Tomorrow I'll be going to the secretary of state's office for an appointment that I finally got scheduled for a Ford F150 I recently got a good deal on to transfer the plate from my present truck (ready for the bone yard) and registering the one I recently bought.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2021, 07:05:14 PM »
I just received my 78G that I purchased 2 weeks ago and so far it looks good and 100% complete. I believe that it was only shot a couple of times.
I am planning on resealing and lubing it before I try to shoot it.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2021, 10:55:43 PM »
Bob that's a really nice early one you've got there, that one has the adjustable trigger probably by the looks of the serial number.  I have a poppet coming for one tomorrow 8)
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2021, 11:59:04 PM »
Nice 78G!  I recently picked one up in nice cosmetic condition, but needed a reseal. After receiving the reseal kit from Mac 1 and installing it, ran some pellets through it without issue. A very nice feeling gun to shoot. Wish I had a low S/N as yours.   :o
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2021, 05:01:21 AM »
Thanks Guys, this weekend I will be out of town so I won't have time to reseal or play with it.
Thanks again Wayne for introducing me to it and getting me addicted to these oldies. Did you order the new design of the original poppet?
After 50 years I would expect that the poppet would be all dried out.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2021, 10:37:29 AM »
Bob the poppet that came with the gun that I'll be putting it in appeared to be in great shape however after sealing it up with new o rings only after putting a couple cartridges through it the original poppet failed.  I would put an original in it if I had one that had never been used and still in the package however I'm getting the aftermarket one in the mail today that I'm sure will work very well.  The one that I'm putting it in I haven't even shown on this forum yet, it's one of the more recent ones built with a high serial number but it's a great shooter nonetheless 8)
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #34 on: April 05, 2021, 08:38:52 AM »
I just ordered a holster (LH) for my Smith & Wesson 78G

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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #35 on: April 05, 2021, 04:01:31 PM »
I just ordered a holster (LH) for my Smith & Wesson 78G

Good choice, it looks like a very nice quality holster and a asset if you take it with you on your hunts.
Let me know how it fits the 78G.
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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2021, 10:05:32 AM »
The holster was delivered this morning, it fits decent too, there's even a cutaway on the front of the holster for the front sight blade on it and it fits like a glove.

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Re: Shooting a couple different targets with my Smith&Wesson 78G
« Reply #37 on: April 07, 2021, 10:59:50 AM »
Wayne, where did you get it? It looks like it was made for it. Nice find.
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« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2021, 06:31:24 PM »
Bob I got it at "Americas Gun Store" out of Ohio, I found it doing a search for S&W Model 41 Holster, I got the last left handed one.
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« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2021, 05:15:51 AM »
Wayne, thanks. They have a great selection of holsters and
now I see why if fits so nice....it was made for the model 41.
I will order one as soon as the dust settles.
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