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Old 04-30-2021, 10:24 PM
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All,I have a superb Model 41 manufactured in 1972. Bluing reflects the almost 50 years of its service. I want to have it re-blued by Fords. I have some questions that I hope can be answered:

1. What type bluing did S&W use in the early ‘70s on the M41?

2. I presume the original finish was a matte blue, is that correct?

3. Is there any reason to not use a a Deluxe blue (more satin, not matte) to make it a prettier? Or Ford Blue or Master blue (think Colt Python when Colt madereal Pythons, not the “python” made now)?

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JGW
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Old 05-01-2021, 07:35 AM
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All,I have a superb Model 41 manufactured in 1972. Bluing reflects the almost 50 years of its service. I want to have it re-blued by Fords. I have some questions that I hope can be answered:

1. What type bluing did S&W use in the early ‘70s on the M41?

2. I presume the original finish was a matte blue, is that correct?

3. Is there any reason to not use a a Deluxe blue (more satin, not matte) to make it a prettier? Or Ford Blue or Master blue (think Colt Python when Colt madereal Pythons, not the “python” made now)?

Thank you,

JGW
Superb...reblue...WHAT?
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Old 05-01-2021, 07:47 AM
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I believe a highly polished Blue was still being used, at that time frame.

Also, the Highly polished Blue used on the Python's of that era, was due to Colt using Wooden wheels wrapped in Leather, that imparted a higher shine, to the Metal. The Python's got more attention to detail, compared to other handguns.
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Old 05-01-2021, 08:06 AM
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Colt had polishing experts who would polish on those special wheels the early Pythons before they were Royal Blued. Deep Blue looks almost purple.

If you are going to re-blue a 41, it will, obviously, not be original anymore. Therefore, make it any kind of bluing you want! Hope you can find someone who can do it right and not screw it up. I love the re-bluing Turnbull does, for the highest price, but it's obvious they have been restored. Their 1911s look fantastic. But, they are NOT original!

I'd like to see pictures of your 41 to see how bad it looks. Might be better to keep it original as it is and use it as a good shooter. Can always buy a better one to look at and save money with re-finishing.
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Old 05-01-2021, 08:10 AM
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Ford's does exceptional work. Tell them what you want and let them go.
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Old 05-01-2021, 09:35 AM
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As I recall, S&W referred to their premium blue job as "S&W Bright Blue". It was only used on their top-of-the line handguns (actually, the only one I can remember was the .357 Mag. Model 27, not the plainer Model 28 Highway Patrolman. I think the later Model 29 .44 Mag. had it too, but I'm not certain). The fit & finish on the 27 was in every way comparable that of Colt's Python. Absolutely gorgeous!

I wanted a model 27 when I was a young man, but there was no way I could afford it. I ended up with a #28 Highway Patrolman for $85. At the time a #27 was $120.
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Old 05-01-2021, 06:16 PM
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re blue

I say Ford has more of an idea what the finish on the 1970s model 41 should be, if you want it to look original, then ask for it, if not your paying the bill , so get it your way.
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Old 05-01-2021, 09:05 PM
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Mine shipped mid 1973. If it helps mhe finish is matte on top and the rear, a sort of glossy brushed finish on the sides, and a high gloss on the bottom and trigger guard.

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Old 05-01-2021, 09:40 PM
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The Matt on back and top are to cut glare down ! So when target shooting glare won’t interfere with sight picture
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:09 AM
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I don't think I've ever seen a semi auto handgun with a finish equal to that of a Colt Python or S&W Model 27. But that's no reason to think it can't be done, and if I were having a 41 reblued and had the choice I'd probably go for it. A 41 will almost certainly never become a collector's item in my lifetime, so originality would not be a concern at all. FWIW, my new 41 came in just a few days ago and it's a real beauty with a very nice finish. But not as pretty as the aforementioned revolvers.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:14 AM
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sceva, that's a beautiful 41. Hard to believe it's almost 50 years old.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:17 AM
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The finish on the sides was bright blue, but here's some advice you didn't ask for, hope that's okay. Enjoy it as is, the usage is a sign of love, and makes it more of a part of you. I figure you've actually already considered that, but hey, it's the internet.
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Old 05-03-2021, 02:27 PM
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The quality of bluing declined over time, simply because it was expensive to make a really high quality polished blue (labor costs doing the polishing).

If your 41 is in bad enough shape to reblue, I'd be looking for this result.

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum....php?t=1221137
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