View Full Version : Belgian bluing?

April 29, 2002, 05:10 AM
Can someone post some photos of guns they've done themselves using Belgian bluing? Actually, photos of any guns done using Belgian bluing would be interesting. I'm curious about trying my hand at it, and wanted to see what it looks like. Does it result in a blue, brown or black finish?


Alex Johnson
April 29, 2002, 09:57 AM
Next time I get back home I can show you an 1858 army that I have that is belgium blued. I doubt I'll be able to photograph it so that you can see it's true color though. It yields a soft true blue finish in natural light. Once you see it you'll never want for one of the shiny hot blue jobs again. Take a look at the softly blued guns of the early part of this century and you'll get an idea what it looks like.

James K
April 29, 2002, 03:29 PM
"Belgian blue" is rust blue, the main type of bluing used in the 19th and early 20th century. It is the type of blue used on most shotguns, and on pre-WWII Luger pistols.

It must be used on double barrel shotguns since most double have the barrels and ribs soft soldered together and caustic tank blue will destroy the solder, leaving the owner of a nice double barrel with two not so nice single barrels.