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    I pretty much like them all as long as they are guns.
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    Gun finish?

    When I empty the last round at the range, and all the holes are in the center of the target. That's the kind of "finish" I like!
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    Holster wear.
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    Aesthetically-speaking? Charcoal Bluing
    Corrosion-Resistance? Stainless Steel
    Durability? Melonite
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    I have carried every thinhg from Colt 1911s, Sig Sauer (P220), and Smith and Wesson (revolver and semi-auto) during my career. Holster wear makes a handgun appealing...you know, as if it has been used and not sitting in a safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctordeere View Post
    Depends on the gun. I like long guns with bright blue & polished walnut (NOT high gloss clear coated walnut). I love S&W pre-war revolvers in bright nickel and their more modern revolvers in SS. Colt DA revolvers have the most beautiful bluing, and I love the brown & colored case hardening on Colt's SA revolvers. Different guns look better in different finishes.
    Agree. On an older revolver, period appropriate, can’t beat a good color case hardening. For pocket/mouse guns - stainless or nickel plating might look nice. For a BBQ gun, Other finishes and bling would likely rule the day.

    HEY, FKL, might want to postup a poll to go with the thread.
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    I prefer stainless for durability of finish as most of my guns are planned for carry purposes. My CZ 75 Compact is their Black polycoat and the S & W Shield is black over stainless.
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    My favorite is Colt Royal Blue. Take care of it and it really does protect the metal, as proven by my semi-old Cobra, which has seen some real use. The finish has rubs and scratches, but after all these years you can still tell that someone - a real, individual human being - at Colt Knew What They Were Doing and cared when they finish those parts. Oil, some wax, and it's good to go.

    Second favorite; other bluing. I just really like the look of a well blued firearm. My Taurus model 66, my FEG HiPower, and some of my other Colts are good examples.

    Finally, case hardening. Stainless can be handsome, but case hardening can just be beautiful, for the same reason I like turquoise with just the right amount of matrix, or nice wood - no two are alike.
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    A for real bone meal color case hardened finish is the most beautiful finish I've ever seen. Turnbull is the only place that I know of that still does it after market. His work looks even better than Colt's factory CCH. Ruuuger and the Italians do a chemical CCH that is a poor replacement for the real thing. Chemical CCH lacks the vibrancy and depth of colors of the real thing.

    Combine bone meal CCH with a fire blue and it just gets prettier.

    As a protective finish, they pretty much suck but they sure do look pretty.
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