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    Quote Originally Posted by ArsenalFan View Post
    Could Colt offer nitrided versions of their stainless steel models? I don't know much about the metallurgy of this, but a very brief Google search made it seem possible to nitride stainless steel for a blue/black (dark) finish. If so, then this finish could be offered without requiring new non-stainless parts or, possibly, additional polishing beyond what's currently done. Not the same as the old Royal Blue finish, of course, but if possible, it could be another option.
    Nitride is a possible option.
    My buddy has his Bartline match barrels nitrided and they come out black.
    I assume that if the stainless is polished the Nitride would have a shiny finish.

    Colt obviously has a method of blackening stainless since they're offering at least one model of the new Cobra in a flat black finish.
    The problem with a shiny blue-black Python isn't what type of finish that could be done, it's the polishing of the metal.
    The old Colt Royal Blue as used on the Python was 95% hand polishing. The exact same type of bluing chemicals were used on all other Colt models and is used by all other gun makers.
    It's the high level of polishing that gave the Python the blue mirror look, and that takes a highly experienced worker.
    That level of people don't work for minimum wage, and the cost would put the price VERY high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfariswheel View Post

    If Colt ever does offer an actual Royal Blued carbon steel Python, I'm betting they farm the work out to a top refinisher company who have people that are up to the task.
    Those companies have people with years of experience polishing metal 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and have the proper polishing equipment.
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    I believe Colt will come out with a special edition blued Python at some point, maybe a Talo gun. It will probably be blued by Barons or Turnbull, etc., in other words outsourced by Colt.

    The price will be steep and collectors will buy.

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    Also, on the original Pythons, they may all be called Royal Blue but a lot of them look black and don't have the blue, deep, mirror finish.

    Some Colt polishers were much better than others.

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    The blue versus black Pythons were due to a change in the bluing chemicals Colt used.

    The change happened around 1969 with the introduction of the Colt Mark III series.
    Prior to that Colt's had a more blue color, but with the change the color became more black.
    The Colt Mark III series had a much brighter polish then the older models, and they Python retained it's Royal Blue higher polish, just in a more black color.

    The brightness of the polish was something that happened over time. The 1950's Pythons had the more "wet look" polish, but over the years it did change gradually to a slightly less wet look polish.
    The Python was still better polished than any other production gun made in America.
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