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    Question Favorite gun finish?

    What is your favorite gun finish?

    Right now I am leaning toward color case hardening. I think I like that it never looks the same. Think I only have one, maybe two guns with color case hardening finish. I just changed that Sunday with a new purchase that I am patiently waiting for.



    I used to like stainless for revolvers and blued for semi autos. But now I have a mix of both stainless & blued revolvers and semi autos. Never got into the different colored coated guns like Cerakote or Duracoat but I am not against going that way one day. So what is your favorite finish?
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    For handguns probably either bright or matte "stainless", (in quotes since there are any number of metals and even some synthetics that imitate real stainless steel).

    A really good blueing is also desirable but I have no weapons that I claim to have that finish.

    Long guns should be blued, (except for my "stainless" 10/22-

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    I don't know enough about case hardening to appreciate it...
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    Blued, Nickel, polished stainless, in that order.
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    I favored stainless for quite awhile, but I think I grew tired of it. Been buying blue for some time now. Just has that business look about it, and I was raised on it. I do like the color case hardening on my single action revolvers, even though I'm pretty sure it's just a chemical process.
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    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.
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    I like the case hardened and distressed look... I have been rubbing the matt finish of my Thrasher with a metal polish called Bling and it is starting to resemble the NH below...

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    I can't say just one finish. I agree that it depends on the gun. I think the color case hardened looks great on single action revolvers and lever guns. I haven't had the chance to see many but revolvers with the high polish blued look is gorgeous! I do like a satin type SS look on DA revolvers.

    I like some 2 tone looks too. I have a PT1911 that I Duracoted in FDE and Black that I like a lot. And one of my ARs is setup with FDE furniture on the black rifle. And of course let's not forget BLACK!

    So yes I like finishes on guns!
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    In order of preference:

    1) Colt Royal Blue
    2) Black Oxide Blue
    3) Black Epoxy or CeraKote
    4) Black Nitride
    5) Black Parkerize

    Sort of like the Henry Ford's color selection for the Model T. Any Color so long as it's Black.

    I do have two Pistols that deviate from that Color preference.

    The first, a .45 EAA Witness which has the Silver Grey Wonder Tennifer Finish on it. I could see having the Slide Cerakoted Black and leaving the Frame Silver Grey, for that two-toned look, but I hate to mess with it, as it runs so well.

    The second, an S&W SW9VE that came with with a Stainless Steel Slide and Barrel, and a plain Black Polymer Frame. While I have carried this Pistol some, I've also been customizing it some (Trigger Work, Sights) and I've been tempted to take a walk on the Wild Side with it, having the Slide Cerakoted in Titanium Blue, which is the only other Color that even remotely appeals to me. Armorers Black is also in the running for that Pistol's Slide.

    I have owned and run two other Stainless Steel handguns, a really nice S&W 4506 (no dash) and an S&W 686-6. Both have been long traded off or sold. Both were very nice handguns, and their looks did not have anything to do with their being sold off. Both shot well, but I had other prioritie$ and projects to fund. In the end my 4506 lost out to ,y .45 Witnesses and the 686 lost out to my Colt King Cobra and Trooper.
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    The absolutely most beautiful finish is the Colt Royal Blue. I've seen other finishes not by Colt that even had that ultra high gloss, almost melted look to them that are amazing. the Color case hardening is my 3rd favorite.
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    I like them all so long as they are blue or stainless.

    Don't care much for coatings and such.
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