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I am hoping dfariswheel or someone knows why the difference in muzzle finish on blued guns on some Diamondbacks and Pythons. On my Diamondbacks, and I've noticed the same thing on some Pythons, at the muzzle, some are smooth, shiney blue finish on the barrel, underlug and rib end. Some have just smooth barrel with matte finished underlug and rib end. And some have all matte finish at the muzzle end. Was there any rhyme or reason to this finish difference or was it up to the finishers whim as to how they came out. Could it have been different time periods or different factories or shops? I've always wondered about this.

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Different time periods.

As an example, many early 1950's Colt revolvers had bead-blasted, matt finished "edges" and polished sides, with bright finish, un-blued muzzles.

Later this was changed to all polished except for the top strap and some other areas, then to all polished except for the top strap.
 
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