At a gun show yesterday while standing at a dealers tables of military collectables , parts , and a few USGI rifles , a guy walked up and asked the dealer if he had a lanyard ring for a S&W Victory model . The dealer proceeded to lift a heavy tub full of demilled Victory models and a few Colt Commando revolvers from under one of the tables . All had been torch cut in half from the top strap thru the trigger guard , and were covered in grease and dirt . The side plates , lanyard rings , triggers , hammers , and other small parts were still there . No grips on anything I seen . All I saw were the rear halves , no cylinders or barrels in the tub . After the dealer had gotton a lanyard ring for the buyer , I asked if I could look at some of the demills . The very first demilled Victory model that I picked up was actually a pre Victory . The serial number was 986971 . It was factory marked with PROPERTY OF US NAVY on the side , and showed very little use . The back strap , as well as what was left of the rest of it showed a strong 98-99% of what looked like the original finish . There was part of a wired tag attached to the lanyard ring , but not enough left to give any information . I then spotted the rear half of what was before the torch cut , a near mint Colt Commando . It was marked on the back strap AEC ORNL Along with US on the but and the number 170 . If my research is correct on these markings , this stands for ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY . I would have been very happy to have had these revolvers in my collection , and would have been glad to pay the current value for each . This really disturbs me to see history being destroyed . Most of the demilled revolvers appeared to have been in very good condition , some showed use , and others , as the two mentioned , looked close to mint condition before demill . Hard to tell when this was done , but what a waste . I didnt get to look at them all , but these two just caught my attention .