The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Smithy

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old December 22, 2010, 03:23 PM   #1
aarondhgraham
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 1, 2009
Location: Stillwater, OKlahoma
Posts: 7,010
My 8mm Lebel revolver has turned purple,,,

It's true,,,
The danged thing is purple,,,
Well, maybe not purple exactly, but plum.

I have always kept the gun well oiled,,,
It doesn't seem to have any surface rust on it,,,
I can wipe it down and nothing seems to come off on the rag.

It might have started this years ago for all I know,,,
And I'm not really worried about the color,,,
I'm just wondering if this is normal.

Any insight will be greatly appreciated.

Aarond
__________________
Caje: The coward dies a thousand times, the brave only once.
Kirby: That's about all it takes, ain't it?
Combat: "A Silent Cry"
Aarond is good,,, Aarond is wise,,, Always trust Aarond! (most of the time)
aarondhgraham is offline  
Old December 22, 2010, 05:03 PM   #2
mete
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 14, 2004
Location: NY State
Posts: 5,291
Just like the HK P7 ?? People get jealous of that !!
__________________
And Watson , bring your revolver !
mete is offline  
Old December 22, 2010, 08:57 PM   #3
James K
Staff
 
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 19,172
Any possibility that at some time someone tried to reblue that revolver? A plum or purple color is often the result of a bad blue job or trying to blue some iron/steel alloys.

Jim
__________________
Jim K
James K is offline  
Old December 23, 2010, 12:56 AM   #4
Scorch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2006
Location: Washington state
Posts: 11,408
Quote:
Any possibility that at some time someone tried to reblue that revolver?
Rust bluing doesn't change colors, it must be reblued.
__________________
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?
Summit Arms Services
Taylor Machine
Scorch is offline  
Old December 23, 2010, 03:07 AM   #5
mete
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 14, 2004
Location: NY State
Posts: 5,291
Hot bluing can change colors. IIRC some of the Winchester guns with nickel in the steel had to be blued at higher temperature otherwise it would be plum.
__________________
And Watson , bring your revolver !
mete is offline  
Old December 23, 2010, 11:41 AM   #6
aarondhgraham
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 1, 2009
Location: Stillwater, OKlahoma
Posts: 7,010
I don't think it's been re-blued,,,

I have owned the gun since the mid-60's,,,
It's just in the last year or so that I've noticed the shift in color,,,
I don't think I've done anything different to the gun in all those years.

It's no big deal,,,
I was just curious if this is normal with old guns,,,
This particular gun was made in 1902 so she's got some age on her.

It's almost time to take her out to the range,,,
And put the semi-annual six rounds through her.

Aarond
__________________
Caje: The coward dies a thousand times, the brave only once.
Kirby: That's about all it takes, ain't it?
Combat: "A Silent Cry"
Aarond is good,,, Aarond is wise,,, Always trust Aarond! (most of the time)
aarondhgraham is offline  
Old December 23, 2010, 12:15 PM   #7
armoredman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 22, 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 3,738
Pictures? Perhaps it's a sign from above...
__________________
http://czfirearms.us/ same original CZForum, new location.
armoredman is offline  
Old December 23, 2010, 01:29 PM   #8
mapsjanhere
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 6, 2009
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 2,344
I think they call it patina. You've just gotten the plum effect over the decades that others try to get with chemicals.
__________________
F 135 - the right choice
mapsjanhere is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07806 seconds with 7 queries