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colostomyclown
March 11, 2009, 12:16 AM
I'm not talking about cosmetics. I don't mind gun wear. But will a parkerized gun operate any more reliably than a blued model in extreme conditions such as rain, snow, swamp, mud, whatever? Or is basically a matter of staying better cosmetically? The thing is I have a 590 special purpose w/ ghost ring sights and I prefer a model with a heat shield and a bead. So I'm considering selling the one and buying another 590 just in that configuration, possibly blued but preferably parkerized because it's cheaper than just modifying myself believe it or not. I know the ghost rings are very accurate, but they're just not for me I much prefer the bead and wish I would've realized that before I bought this particular model. What do you think?

Scattergun Bob
March 11, 2009, 12:41 AM
will a parkerized gun operate any more reliably than a blued model in extreme conditions such as rain, snow, swamp, mud

I have not seen that to be the case. I do think that parked guns hold rust proofing better and might be a bit more resistant to surface pitting. I watched many blued wingmaster "police" model blued scatterguns thru the years, they seem to do very well protecting the exterior of the gun.

parked guns seem to show scratches and dings less, and do not "shine" and reflect strong light on the street, this may be their greatest advantage.

Hope this helps

Good Luck and Be Safe

TheManHimself
March 11, 2009, 07:36 AM
A Parkerized finish holds oil like a sponge. Polished blueing looks nice but that slick finish doesn't hold much oil. In the same environmental conditions, a well-oiled blued gun will rust faster than a well-oiled Parkerized gun.

If you live in arid or temperate conditions, the difference between the two is basically whichever you like the look of best. If your firearms will be used or stored in humid environments, however, Parkerization wins hands down as a protective finish.