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With the popularity of Black over the last couple decades (individual treatment not too important). Why are we still so limited to Blue and SS for small parts?

Just Frustrated trying to find a simple cheap part. (recoil spring plug)
 

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With the popularity of Black over the last couple decades (individual treatment not too important). Why are we still so limited to Blue and SS for small parts?

Just Frustrated trying to find a simple cheap part. (recoil spring plug)

Good point. It's the inventory bean counters.

However, most anything ordered from Ed Brown as "blued" is going to come black. Same with the Wilson parts I have ordered. None of them were traditional hot salts blued finish.
 
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Good point. It's the inventory bean counters.

However, most anything ordered from Ed Brown as "blued" is going to come black. Same with the Wilson parts I have ordered. None of them were traditional hot salts blued finish.
An Ed Brown thumb safety I ordered last year was indeed very much black. Same Fusion 1911 as above but with Ed Brown black thumb safety (that I later changed to the WC low lever thumb safety in ArmorTuff).

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WC Bulletproof safeties I ordered maybe two years ago were polished blue that fairly well matched a 25 year old Colt with polished flats (in natural light). Although the WC "standard" parts were more “black”. Bulletproof thumb safety and grip safety below.
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*Sadly, that gouge in the frame left of the grip safety is how it came from the factory 25 years ago. Not nearly as visible normally.
 

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Most 1911 parts are blued from the manufacture to identify them as carbon steel. Don't believe I've ever installed a carbon/blued part (except for sights possibly) without cutting or grinding most of the bluing away requiring a refinish.
 

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Most 1911 parts are blued from the manufacture to identify them as carbon steel. Don't believe I've ever installed a carbon/blued part (except for sights possibly) without cutting or grinding most of the bluing away requiring a refinish.

Yeah, for sure. NEVER order a black trigger . . . .

Don't ask me how I know . . . .


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