Gun Bluing “Behind-the-Scenes” Video

Video Transcript

Today for those of you that

don’t understand the process of building

hopefully afterwards you’ll

understand how guns are glued this is a

traditional salt bluing this is a custom

Dulite bluing set up

so we’ve got a cleaner that we heat and

then we have two gluing tanks

the reason we have two gluing tanks is

so we can glue more types of steel

including nickel steel

so the first tank will glue

just normal steel for normal guns

and any hard steel or nickel steel when

we put it in the second tank which is

about 30 degrees hotter

so we’re about almost 280 on the first

tank and almost 310 on the second tank we find

that just about every gun moves if you

have stainless then I’ve got a couple

other things with some different

solution that we’ll do stainless and then afterwards we have a

rinse tank and then we’re off to our oil tanks to seal the gun

so I’ll be back with you in a few

minutes when we get everything cleaned

up and up to

temperature and we’ll put a few guns in

we have some nickel steel today so you

can see how it’s red after the first tank but

then blue after the second and

then we got a normal Remington barrel

that we’re doing off the model 12 restoration

that’s another video I’m making and that one will be refined after the

first tank

we’ve got a barrel and

some parts in the cleaning tech they’ve

been in for 15 minutes so

they’re going to go to the rinse and

then into the first blue tank

all right we’ll give that about 20

minutes and then to the second tank

okay into the second tank we go

the key here is to make sure the parts

don’t dry between the tanks

and you get a residue not so nice

all right another 20 minutes okay now

these are the nickel blue nickel barrel

steel but these will take both tanks

these most of these parts would already

blew in this tank we’re just doing that

to make sure everything looks really

nice but you’ll see that these two

barrels are red after the first tank

and will be blue after the second thing

all right okay

now into the ridge tank which is

something that’s 310 degrees going into

moderately warm water so this is when

you have the most danger of being burnt

so obviously we suit up pretty well

see a bit of a moon there

same with these parts

all right then

we’ll rinse them off and into the

which is the salt on them

and then into the oil tank water metal

is still worn

all right now our nickel steel barrels

they look pretty good in the bloom today

but uh they’ll take on a true blue

after the high temp

for 20 minutes all right

now Winchester

hi again I wanted to add a video to the

gun bluing video that shows the red a

little bit more clearly

the one that I did in the previous video

that I said was red actually turned quite black and when I

looked at it after we blued

we realized it was a post 30 model so it

was not a nickel steel which made it

blue fine this one is a 1911

Winchester 94 and you’ll see

you can see how purple it is if you see

it right now compared to the other

barrel right beside

it it’s very purple once you get down

with the second tank

I’ll show you that it’s blue again so

hopefully that clears up the nickel

steel for you

okay I want to give you a quick update

I’m going to insert this into my gun barrel bluing

video to show you the 1894 that we did so you

could see that it actually did turn

nice deep black blue

basically black so if you see a gun

that’s red or pink or any color like

that or plum they call it sometimes

that’s typically because

someone just put it in a one tank system

it has a high nickel content

or it’s hardened steel so if you go

through the two tank you get this

beautiful blue the other option

if you want to do this at home and you

or you only have a single tank system is

you can rust blue these guns

it takes about a week and it’s quite a

process it sounds easy but it’s actually taking me

several years to

I think come up with a good system I’ll

show you here what I mean this is a LC Smith barrel

that I just finished rust blue and it’s got a lot of

oil on it and

the reason we rust blue this is

because it has these little seat poles

where soldered this

thing together so they basically put the

solder in there heat it all up and it

just melted together

if the salts get in there they you can’t

get the salts out

and they will basically make the gun

fall apart in a few years it’ll

basically cause corrosion inside there

so this is what a rust boot looks like

you see it has a little bit of a

brownish tint I call it a silver I

to me it looks a little silvery but it’s

why people call browning it’s a little

bit more brown

but you can get a nice uniform color

browning it too

you could do this as an option for

nickel steel barrels

all right thanks for watching this and

the conclusions coming up next showing

some of the parts that we

did originally

okay I want to do a little conclusion to

our firearm bluing video

just so you could see the end results

you can’t see much when we’re out in the

bluing room

it’s a bit crazy out there so here’s the

barrel and the parts off the Remington

a lot of internal gun parts too I don’t want

to take it apart right now to show you

but you can see all these parts were

blued and everything looks great on this gun

this is the colt 1903 we did

we just cleaned up the magazine and

re-blue that but some of the gun parts that

are external we took to a pretty high

sheen and they came out beautiful they have

that really shiny gloss to them that black blue that

we like to see on guns and the trigger again you

can see hopefully how shiny it is and

the better sheen you take it to the

prettier they look in a sense if that’s

what you’re looking for

and it takes a lot more work to take

apart to a high sheen without

destroying the edges and other parts so

that’s a bit of work

the internal parts we all just sand

blasted and cleaned them up this is a

spring we can do springs

because the temps low enough that it

doesn’t distort the spring or cause any

issues but the internal parts have been sand

blasted cleaned and they all look like they just

came out of the factory

there’ll be no more corrosion problems

on any of these parts for another 100 or

200 years depending on how well you take

care of your guns the internal hammer so here you get to

see a little bit about what the parts

look like afterwards

and we’ll reassemble this colt 1903

and should be good to go thanks for

watching the video hope you enjoyed

learning a little bit about the process

of gun bluing so that you understand if you want to

cold blue or if you want to do it this

way which is definitely

what I would consider a long-term

correct solution for a gun

you can cold blue a lot of people do it

but if you really want it to last and

look more original

then hot bluing is the way to go

thank you

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