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Old December 13, 2012, 01:31 PM   #21
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Bluing shows off (and somewhat protects) the quality of the metal finish. Paint covers up sloppy machine marks and finishing. I guess the real question is: Do you care whether your gun is a finely forged, finished and assembled instrument, or just a tool to shoot and bang nails with?
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