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Bluing on Browning Hi-Power.... Before..... After.....

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by old11bravo, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. old11bravo

    old11bravo Everett, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Check out the new grips in my last post!

    Shout out to Mike Williamson Gunsmith from Stanwood, WA.
    Here is just one example of his fine bluing skills. Keep in mind that he did not do anything to the slide as the bluing on it was already beautiful and unscathed. He did blue the frame, trigger and hammer to match the slide. Mike achieved a finish and color matching results that were quite remarkable. He should be proud of his work on this one. I am!
    The pistol is a 2003 Belgian imported FN Herstal, Browning Hi-Power 9mm with a factory installed SFS (Safety Fast Shooting) system. It is single action pistol. I removed the magazine safety disconnect which significantly improved an already clean, crisp, and short resetting trigger. I have ordered some new walnut grips. The old grips look like crap and really make the gun look like some one took a dump on some fine china. Anyhoo... enjoy the pics. I'll take more when the new grips get here.

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  2. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    WOW! that bluing looks like brand new. Whatever happened to the original finish and those spots?
    May our lives glorify God,
    Michael
     
  3. TacticalDragQueen

    TacticalDragQueen E.WA Member

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    That is some gorgeous bluing on that magnificent firearm.
    Nothing spells class,like obsidian bluing.
     
  4. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Looks awesome!!
     
  5. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Sexy! Its like shes fresh off the line again!
     
  6. Straighthome

    Straighthome Wilsonville New Member

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    Beautiful! The gun and the bluing work!
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    :s0122:

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  8. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    That is some really nice work. Too bad for me he's in WA. I have an incoming Mac 10/45 that would look better if refinished.
     
  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Looks like the damage was from salts left on the gun from a sweaty hand that was the culprit.
    Note to self, clean & wipe off grip areas of blued guns after handling.
     
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  10. hker71

    hker71 Portland Metro Area Active Member

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    Wow! Fantastic work! Beautiful pistol!
     
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  11. old11bravo

    old11bravo Everett, Washington Well-Known Member

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    That is good information jb98. I was kind of wondering how the hell the bluing got so messed up but by all indications it would appear that your assessment is probably the most likely. I too will be cleaning this thoroughly after each use. The previous owner probably put it away all sweaty and stored it for awhile. I am a meticulous cleaner of my weapons anyway. I'm kind of OCD that way.

    Thanks for all the comments!!
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well they are nice guns so maybe it is actually a 'used' gun?
    Looks pretty darn good now
     
  13. Thumper

    Thumper Vancouver, WA Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Beautiful.
     
  14. old11bravo

    old11bravo Everett, Washington Well-Known Member

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    I'm done here....... except for the shooting that is!
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  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Sweet
     
  16. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hard to believe it's 12 years old. Thanks for sharing pictures of the complete package. Those grips really look nice.
    May our lives glorify God,
    Michael