Cold Blue

Cold bluing is a quick and easy, if not great, finish. Here’s how I restored an inexpensive pocket pistol on the cheap.

by RK Campbell

There is nothing like a beautiful deep blue finish. Even matte blue, which needs less attention in polishing, is durable and reasonably attractive. But many times we need to apply a finish to small parts, the muzzle, or just the slide after performing work. The fine art of cold bluing works well for some of this work. With some care, it may even be applied to complete firearms.

The hardest part of getting a good finish is polishing the surface. It is best to strip the blue first. Home concoctions sometimes work but a solution that always works well is…

Special Report
Gunsmith Profiles

Daniel Norwood and Justin McMillan are two of the great military shooting team armorers. Here are their stories.

by Robert Kolesar
In my time on the National Guard and Army Reserve Service Pistol Teams I’ve been fortunate to meet some of the finest marksmen and armorers on this planet. Most of these fine fellows are now retired, but a few are still around, pulling triggers or building world-class target guns. Let me tell you about two of the best.

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