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I have seen two Colt and 3 S&W 1917s that were marked as arsenal refinished. 3 of them were black/gray parkerized, but the other two were what appeared to be hot blued and the aresenal stampings had white metal in the letter, showing that it was authentic and not a civilian refinish. Anyone know when the changed over to parkerizing from hot salt rebluing at the aresenals. Markings were SAA-San Antonio, AA-Augusta and N-?
 

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Lonewolf:

That is helpful and probably explains why the guns I have looked at have a blue Du Lite finish with a fresh arsenal stamp. Prior to WWII the arsenals refinished the guns with the Du Lite hot salt blue and polished or overpolished prior to re-bluing with the arsenal stamp. During WWII an even better finish was used for hard use, parkerizing in either black or gray. It makes sense to me. Some of the blued arsenal refinish guns have plum colored cylinders since the military wasn't concerned with a color match, just that the gun was rebuilt and refinished.
 
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