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Old April 25, 2016, 09:22 PM   #14
kilimanjaro
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This is a Russian Capture K98. When factory commissar comes to check on your work, you throw the empty vodka bottle in the bluing tank to hide it. When it melts, the manganese in the glass reacts with the salts and causes the purplish hue.

Better purple in Pinsk than blue in Siberia, tovarisch.
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