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Why color case on certain firearms?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Colt46, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Colt46

    Colt46 Active Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    I know what it is, and appreciate the fine contrast and colors associated with color case, but why would the 1873 Colt SAA have a color case frame and blue cylinder and barrel? Considering that the two finishes are so different and have different life expectancies I was just wondering.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Because it is, or at least was originally, color case hardening and was used to improve surface wear characteristics of mild steel or wrought iron parts.
    The blotchy colors were originally a side effect of the process and were later developed for looks as they were accepted as a sign of quality or just thought attractive.
  3. owlhoot

    owlhoot Active Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    There is nothing to add to Jim's comment. However, for your info, the Colt SAA is available from the factory with an all blue finish if that's what you want. But traditionally the SAA has had the CCH finish, and I for one, wouldn't want it any other way.

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