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Old December 11, 2012, 08:05 PM   #6
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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Many military guns have been painted (e.g., by the British and French) because it was cosidered better and less time consuming to apply than bluing. One of the main reasons paint is used today by many gunsmiths who used to do bluing is (ready for this?) the government. OSHA has put so many restrictions on bluing because of the dangerous chemicals involved that small gunsmiths just can't do it any more, so have resorted to paint of one kind or another.

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