Opinion please! When you want a firearm to have a color, what is it? Vote!

Discussion in 'Lucky Sporting Goods' started by LuckySG, Oct 10, 2018.

What color looks good to you on a firearm if not stainless and replacing bluing?

  1. OD Green

    26.7%
  2. Flat Dark Earth

    36.7%
  3. Burnt Bronze

    26.7%
  4. White

    10.0%
  5. Grey Shades

    26.7%
  6. Navy Blue

    20.0%
  7. Red

    1.7%
  8. Yellow

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Sand or Tan

    10.0%
  10. Silver Shades

    5.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. LuckySG

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    Anyone been as thoroughly unimpressed with the finish on many lines of new firearms lately?

    No one expects to be scrubbing surface rust after a quick trip to the range even when it is dreary out, so there should be something to make it easy to avoid rust in the first place, like a decent factory finish!

    To everyone's advantage if you look at the bottom of any page in this forum you will find that there are many supporting vendors that offer Cerakote and Hydro Dipping services, but what if you got that option more often from the manufacturer?

    My question is what color is good enough or attractive enough that you would pick it up as a preference over black? Does it matter for what type of firearms? Yes for ARs but never for revolvers?
     
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  2. Reno911

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    Midnight blue I think is the color that closest resembles blued.

    For a gun that is meant to be blued. No color is capable of replacing it. So if Cerakote for weather resistance, I vote blued. Which if I remember right was one of two colors that came close. Midnight blue I think was the one I went with.
     
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  4. DuneHopper

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  5. bsa1917hunter

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    Midnight blue is my favorite as well:
    Semi custom pre 64 model 70 338wm:
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    Another favorite is sniper gray:
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  6. LuckySG

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    This was @Velzey work, right @Reno911 ?
     
  7. Reno911

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    Not those pictures, but ya, my 38/357 lever gun was done by @Velzey

    I’ll get pics up tomorrow unless he still has one saved somewhere.
     
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  8. bsa1917hunter

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    OP, any way you can add midnight blue to the choices? I'd check mark that one..
     
  9. LuckySG

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    Unfortunately not, once there are votes it is locked, but if you check navy blue we can reimage that as midnight.
     
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  10. Velzey

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    The “blued” finish these days on allot of the production rifles isn’t actually bluing. It’s a black oxide that looks similar to parkerizing. Shush now don’t tell everyone I let that out... Except one small detail, it rusts, and rusts very easily.
    As of lately midnight blue is pretty popular for cerakote.
    And brite silver that is actually kinda looks like bead blasted stainless.

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  11. LuckySG

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    Very nice!
     
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  12. Kruel J

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    Pretty sure I have one of those guns pictured in my safe ATM. ;)
     
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  13. jordanka16

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    I also would like to see more "blued" guns, so I voted for navy blue. The midnight blue is a good looking color, and cerakote honestly makes way more sense for most guns than real bluing. If it was scaled up I doubt it would add much to the price of the base model rifles and pistols, but it would make them look much nicer than the typical flat black.

    I also like OD so I voted for that too.
     
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  14. bolus

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    Can you do vantablack yet?

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    I like grey stocks and frames for a lot of guns. White goes well on AR's, same as grey.
    I also like darker earth tones.
    I assumed navy blue was close enough to "midnight blue" and mean any "black" with a blue hugh, base, or whatever...
     
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  16. rcnpthfndr

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    I had my pops 1970 rem 1100 re done a couple years back. burnt bronze metal with matte finish exhibition grade stock and forend. also had barrel and trigger work done. I will see if I have any pics of it. but it looked really nice
     
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  17. Jonnyuma

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    There's a metallic grey-blue that I'd like to see more of. I don't know who's product it was, or if I ever actually even saw it (maybe it was in a dream)... but it would look sharp paired up w black or stainless. Think C-kote's Tungsten grey w a little blue added, not Simunitions blue, and on a semiauto slide or frame only. Wouldn't look good anywhere else.
     
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  18. The Heretic

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    Black.

    But a dark OD green is okay - but I prefer black because it goes with everything and never goes out of style. :D

    Grey is okay, I prefer it over 'silver' - I have one handgun that is grey. But I prefer even my stainless guns to be black or close to black.

    Seriously, black IMO is even better than OD Green for blending into the background - for firearms or other small items, especially in urban environments and in forests dark colors work best IMO if they are not a large blob (like a person). Even black bears do an okay job of blending into the forest.

    Lighter colors naturally reflect more light - especially if the surface is not matte. Other colors, RGB, just don't look right to me on a firearm.

    So obviously I care more about my firearms and other gear blending into my surroundings than I do about what my favorite color is in general (it is bright blue - but I would never buy a bright blue gun).
     
  19. 3MTA3

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    Color preference for me depends on the firearm, intended use, and perhaps location to be used. My "go to" color is FDE because it blends in well (I like to pair with OD or FG "furniture" for a poor man's camo) but also stays much cooler in the hot sun than darker colors. Foliage green would be my other preference for the same reason and also like to pair it with FDE furniture.

    See how much the black scopes in the picture below stand out?

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    I would leave a beautifully blued bolt action as is, but would have a SS one Cerakoted as above. Pistols I leave alone unless they had finish issues that needed attention.
     
  20. Slobray

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    I guess it all depends on the gun:

    For many pistols and AR's/plastic "battle" rifles, I like the contrasting look of FDE/tan (sometimes OD) and black....

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    Rifles with wood furniture, for the most part, should have the traditional blued steel and maybe, a stainless lever action every now and then.

    For revolvers, I pretty much like them the way they've always been; blued or stainless with wood or black grips. No other colors.





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