Bright Chrome

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by PeteZaHut, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. PeteZaHut

    PeteZaHut New Member

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    Does anyone having experience with getting a bright chrome finish on a handgun? Are there any disadvantages?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    With the exception of GIs that took war souvenirs to the local bumper shop, firearms were not chromed- they were (and are) nickel plated. There is a reason for the distinction- thickness and adherence to the base metal. I have some nickeled guns, some stainless, some blued, some parkerized, etc. For discreet carry, I prefer blued- it does not jump out at you visually. Reflection off a nickeled weapon interfering with sight picture COULD be an issue some day, never has been for me. Nickel was introduced as a means of resisting rust. Stainless has largely replaced it from a functional standpoint.
     

  3. PeteZaHut

    PeteZaHut New Member

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  4. BillDeShivs

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    Browning handguns were/are chromed. The lightweight .25 was bright chromed, and High POowers are frequently satin chromed.
    Industrial hard chrome is also a popular finish.
    If chroming is done properly, there are no disadvantages.
     
  5. yankee2500

    yankee2500 New Member

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    I have a Colt Gold Cup that was Hard Chromed about twenty five years ago, still looks like it did the day it was done.