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Hi Folks,

I have a diamondback that has holster wearing on the barrel and a scratch on the cylinder. I am debating whether or not to have it reblued at colt. Can you tell if a gun has been reblued? Your imput is greatly appreciated.

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An expert can almost always tell a gun has been re-blued.

A lot of this depends on two factors:
1. How much polishing was needed. If the gun was pitted or had deep scratches, more metal must be polished off to remove the defects. This is usually noticeable, especially in the worse cases.

2. WHO does the re-finishing. The local gunsmith doesn't get enough practice in high-level polishing so he doesn't develop the skill level to do good work.
Colt and the better re-finishers can do a re-blue that's usually almost impossible to detect, as long as there's no pitting or scratching that needs to be removed.

If your Diamondback is just worn and the blue is thin or worn through, Colt can do a nearly undetectable job that'll look like it's new.
 

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Thanks for the reply... Now tell me this, is the royal blue of today equal to that of the early 70's?
 

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On the last of the regular production guns....No.

On a gun re-finished by Colt, when you specify the Royal blue....Yes.
 
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