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Question about blueing

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2012.

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  1. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Member

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    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.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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.

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  3. Drail

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    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.
     
  4. horsemen61

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    it was the really bright orange its dulled a little
     
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    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.
     
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    bluing

    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
     
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    Take it to a gunsmith to get it re-blued in a proper shade of blue, or parkerized.
     
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    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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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    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?)
     
  12. rcmodel

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    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-l...hotgun-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
     
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    In case of a home defense situation, the perp may not believe it is a real gun and force him to use it.
     
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    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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