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Re: Carbine bluing

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, at 2:34 p.m., in response to Carbine bluing, posted by Jim Nevers on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, at 2:19 p.m.

A "bright blue" finish nearly always means that the arm was refinished, especially if the piece in question is a carbine.

The question is, who did it? Certainly the army refurbished arms as required - it is the bubba stuff that we all wish to avoid. One quick check concerns the block - this part will NOT be blued on an as-made specimen.

Beyond that it takes a practiced eye to tell. On an unworn gun the barrel will be blue, but the receiver will be black (oil casehardened). An unworn gun will have sharp crisp edges - nearly all reblues are buffed and rounded over, some disastrously so. One thing that is NEVER OK is the ultra-shiny "black chrome" appearance.

Hope that helps some.


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