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A magnet will stick to gun stainless steel alloys.

Usually you have to trust your "eyes" and what to look for. I may try a bit of 'cold blue' on an "OUT of WAY" spot, inside or under "something" and see if it turn color, then you know it's carbon steel. NO, the 'cold blue' will do NOTHING to the plating, it's the base metal you are looking for.;)
 

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There are several easy checks to ID whether it's stainless or bright nickel.

Stainless guns have an "S" stamped in the following places:
Inside the barrel shroud where the ejector rod fits.

On the center bushing at the rear of the cylinder, under the ejector.

Bright nickel guns have the "yellowish" tint common to nickel and this is quite noticeable when compared to stainless steel.

Last, if the grip frame under the grips is bright and shiny like the exposed areas of the frame, it's nickel.
Stainless Colt's were not bright polished in the areas hidden by the grips.
 

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dant, I carry a magnet with me to gunshows all the time and I can tell by the "attraction feel" the difference between plated steel and stainless, especially if you have one of each side by side to compare. I realize that even stainless has some affinity to a magnet, but the pronounced difference is fairly easily detectable, at least to me. Thanks
 

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Hi everybody,

I have a stainless steel python.

It have an "S" stamped Inside the barrel shroud where the ejector rod fits and On the center bushing at the rear of the cylinder, under the ejector.

Thanks for the help.

P.S: Now I can try to rust my python...just laughing...
 

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Many stainless steel alloys will not attract a magnet although I have never encountered one in a firearm that did not attract a magnet.

It's my observation that a stainless Python looks more like nickle plate than any other stainless firearm I know of. Probably due to the high polish job.
 
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