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Can anyone explain how a gun loses its bluing over the years? This late war pistol has maybe 5% bluing left and minor pitting areas. Wear and use don't seem likely explanations as the blue is pretty much universally gone. Perhaps it became rusted and got an aggressive scrubbing?
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Bluing and color case hardening will both fade over time but with the amount of pitting on that PP my guess is someone got aggressive cleaning it with an abrasive.

It still looks like a good shooter.
 

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Bluing and color case hardening will both fade over time but with the amount of pitting on that PP my guess is someone got aggressive cleaning it with an abrasive.

It still looks like a good shooter.
Thanks. I鈥檒l be shooting it soon!
 

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I agree with all and don鈥檛 be tempted to have it refinished.
 

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Every piece from that era has a history and it shouldn鈥檛 be messed with IMO.
 

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That pistol looks like it was kept inside a leather holster and the bluing was attacked by the tanning acids and not just worn off by use or scrubbing. If properly oiled and stored guns can keep their bluing completely intact for well over a century.
 
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