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    Why the two tone magazines????

    Always wondered why the early Colt semi automatic pistols had the two tone mags. You know, the ones where the top forth of the mag wasn't blued. Anyone have the answer??? It's keeping me up at nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuWhat View Post
    Always wondered why the early Colt semi automatic pistols had the two tone mags. You know, the ones where the top forth of the mag wasn't blued. Anyone have the answer??? It's keeping me up at nights.
    It had to do with tempering the magazine lips, by dipping them in an acid bath. Apparently, the US was not permitted the access to Krupp ore because of the war and therefore, the tempering was inferior to the Germans. After a period of time, alternate sourses of the ore were located and the need to "bathe" the mags evaporated.
    This may sound like BS, but I swear I read it somewhere!!
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    Rest easy... they were actually cmpletely blued during manufacturing. However, the process they used to temper the steel was to dip them into molten cyanide (yes, cyanide!) and then quenched them in oil. The blueing was instantly removed up to the level the magazine was dipped into the cyanide.

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    DuWhat, you need to quite sneaking sips outta the moonshine jar This was asked and answered not but a bit ago my friend. Just think of all the sleep ya could have got

    1903 's mags are missing blueing in the top portion alot?
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    Ah , but you haven't got a schticky yet !! Yes there is actually one out there. Speaking of using cyanide - back inthe early 70s when i started working for the R.R. as a machinist. We had a 55 gal. drum of cynide crystals tucked away in the boiler shop to use for harding. It surprised me when I found it, that it was just sitting there where anyone had access to it.
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