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Dealer was advertising the pistol as refinished, due to apparently great shape. I can’t see any sign of rework, seems to be original to me. But I’ve never seen one in good shape & original finish. Would love to hear opinions of more knowledgeable people.
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My best guess without seeing it in person would be an arsenal reblue. Note the S.W. police mark does not appear to be through the blue, rather below it. If in person the S.W. is through the blue, then it is definitely not a reblue. However, the safety milling is still in the white. If it is a non-arsenal reblue, its one of the best I've ever seen.
 

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No more Steyr aficionados to share their thoughts? :) some close ups of SW markings
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These were rebuilt in 1934 to replace the bolt with a heavier slide (essentially correcting a design flaw), hence "/34".
Undoubtedly, they would have been reblued at that time, as necessary. The new slide finish had a different
look, possibly giving it a "refinished" appearance. This and some other early auto pistol designs had bolts that were too
light to resist opening the breach before the bullet left the barrel unless an excessively heavy recoil spring was used.
The heavy spring made it difficult retract the slide, so the design of this pistol incorporated a hinged barrel so that the first
cartridge could be loaded without retracting the slide.
 
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