Question about blueing


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horsemen61
January 7, 2012, 02:17 PM
I have a question about bluing a gun and here it is. This may sound as a dumb question. Can a gun be any other color and be considered blued? The reason I ask is my grandfather has an single barrel twelve gauge shotgun that was given to him by a friend and all the metal on it is hunter orange it has dulled a little over time but the guy swears it is blued. My next thought on it is I think it would make a good truck/bedside gun what do you all think.

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rcmodel
January 7, 2012, 02:21 PM
Hot bluing comes out of the tank some shade of blue, black, or purple.
But not hunter orange.

A hunter orange gun is either really really rusty, or spray painted.

rc

Drail
January 7, 2012, 02:26 PM
By "hunter orange" do you mean Dayglo high visibility safety orange? That would be paint. If it's more of a brownish fuzzy orange that would be rust.

horsemen61
January 7, 2012, 02:31 PM
it was the really bright orange its dulled a little

o Unforgiven o
January 7, 2012, 02:43 PM
As RC said, bluing can create blue, black or purple. From beautiful electric blues to blacks so deep they are purple, and everything in between. Bright orange would be a paint of some kind.

horsemen61
January 7, 2012, 02:48 PM
thanks guys for clearing that up for me but nobody has said anything about the bright orange being a good color on it for like a bedside gun or truck gun

tyeo098
January 7, 2012, 02:57 PM
Take it to a gunsmith to get it re-blued in a proper shade of blue, or parkerized.

m1911.10mm
January 7, 2012, 03:10 PM
thanks guys for clearing that up for me but nobody has said anything about the bright orange being a good color on it for like a bedside gun or truck gun

If you frequently mis-place things and have a bad time finding them, I suppose the bright orange might be kind of nice.

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Remllez
January 7, 2012, 09:55 PM
I have blued more than one gun with" plum brown " blue. It is indeed just different chemicals that turn the rust brown instead of blue/black. If memory serves it's made by Birchwood Casey.

I'm sure some of us remember the old " Brown Bess Muskets " from the revolutionary war. I'm pretty sure the color of the metal was cause for the name.

Thefabulousfink
January 7, 2012, 11:37 PM
As long as there is no chipping or rust there is nothing wrong with the gun as-is. The only issue is if you can take it out to the range without a paper bag over your head ;)

But seriously, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is probably the least important requirement for a truck/bedside gun. If it functions and you are happy with it, why change it?

Saakee
January 7, 2012, 11:40 PM
is there some way to get a specific shade? A purple 'blued' barrel/action and a white stock would be a sharp looking weapon. (I like purple, #Wannafightaboutit?)

rcmodel
January 8, 2012, 02:17 PM
nobody has said anything about the bright orange being a good color on it for like a bedside gun or truck gun My personal opinion is, it would not be.

Law enforcement often use orange shotguns to identify less-lethal ammo used in them, like bean bags.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/hogue-less-lethal-orange-o-m-shotgun-stock-for-the-remington-870-08740.html

Air-soft guns & toy guns now must have safety orange muzzle I.D. to show they are not real firearms.

You might run into a crook who thinks he knows all that, and he would think you were defending yourself with a "less-lethal" or air-soft gun of some sort?

rc

jimmyraythomason
January 8, 2012, 02:27 PM
why change it?
In case of a home defense situation, the perp may not believe it is a real gun and force him to use it.

Thefabulousfink
January 9, 2012, 06:24 AM
In case of a home defense situation, the perp may not believe it is a real gun and force him to use it.


If you are pointing a gun at an attacker but they don't believe it it real and continue advancing toward you, wouldn't that just reinforce the need to use deadly force? I am sorry, but any perp who knows a house is occupied and breaks in anyway must be assumed to mean the owner harm. Wether you are armed with a gun, baseball bat, or fuzzy bunny slippers, if a perp knows you are there and continues toward you, how can you assume the don't mean you harm?

I could see and issue with the gun being mistaken for airsoft or a toy, but people buy pink, blue, and whatever color ARs all the time. If the gun is properly secured when not in horsemen61's posession, is there really a big enough risk to justify refinishing it?

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