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Old 09-15-2005, 04:59 PM   #31
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give me a nice deep blued slab sides any day of the week and twice on sunday...

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Old 10-10-2005, 12:26 AM   #32
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I personally love guns period, stainless, blued, pink, purple, it's all a gun to me. I will admit I would probably change any pink or purple guns finish pretty quick though.

As far as the stainless or blued debate, I think all guns have the potential to look absolutely beautiful in either, especially the 1911, no matter who makes it. For tactical uses I prefer a matte black finish. My off duty carry piece on the other hand is a SA loaded stainless Champion. The stainless lends itslef well to carry because it resists corrosion from body salts, I have had a few "blued" or parked guns corrode from carrying.

I think my all time favorite finish on a 1911 has to be the case hardened look in the Wilson catalog, very sharp. I am nto sure what you really call the finish, but it looks good by any name.

I also like the look of an AR with a nice polished stainless barrel.
Old 10-11-2005, 11:38 AM   #33
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Some stainless can be "blued." It takes different salts at a different temperature but it can be done. I think Dave Sams does stainless bluing but I am not positive.
Old 10-11-2005, 07:03 PM   #34
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Very why do you guys keep taunting me with these beautiful pistols? My keyboard isn't drool resistant and my bank account is a bit run down at the moment.........couldn't you hold those pics for a few months while I recover????
Old 10-13-2005, 02:42 AM   #35
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or, If we all fell in love with the same woman it would be a heck of a fistfight.
I, actually prefer stainless due to the material. Being one which thinks the end results, durability, is worth more than the percieved beauty of other finishes.
Old 10-16-2005, 01:21 PM   #36
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OK. Has everyone seen the recently released limited production Colt 70 series in stainless? Pretty nice finish. Only Ed Brown has one better.

Has anyone looked at Tripps web site to see a two-tone, yes two-tone, hard chrome staineless with brushed stainless flats. That's where I'm going once I break-in my Colt.
Old 10-16-2005, 04:39 PM   #37
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OK, I know this thread's been around a long time. Just thought I'd show that blued and SS can live together...

Old 09-05-2006, 08:23 PM   #38
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My 3" Kimber stainless Ultra Carry II isn't ugly; as a matter of
fact, its downright pretty. And OH~! did I mention reliable? Yes, that
is right- even with all types of JHP ammunition~!
Old 10-14-2006, 04:40 PM   #39
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I won't buy an 1911 that has those goofy front slide serrations. I own over 30 different 1911 variants and NONE of them has them. The stainless steel 1911s serve a real purpose for those of us who carry guns for a living. I ruined a Sig P-220 after the slide rusted. This happened after I worked a bad multi vehicle wreck in the rain one night and I left the gun in the trunk of my patrol car over in a wet holster over the three day weekend that I was off duty. Since then I've only carried stainelss 1911s or Glocks and had no further problems with my duty weapons rusting.

Old 04-25-2007, 04:13 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by 10mm
Some stainless can be "blued." It takes different salts at a different temperature but it can be done. I think Dave Sams does stainless bluing but I am not positive.
I was going to mention this too. There are special bluing salts that will blue/blacken stainless steel. Dave Sams is one gunsmith doing it. I talked with my local gunsmith that also said it was possible, but he not set up with the salts to do it. If you do a search for "The RazorBlack 10mm" on Pistolsmith, you find a very good example (w/pics) of what is possible regarding blackening/bluing stainless.

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