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Re: Type of blue that can be safely used on !945-1950 Smiths.
Charlie: So far as I know, all LC Smith guns, no matter who built them or when, had soft soldered ribs, so the only method of bluing the barrels is rust bluing. Some other parts such as the trigger guard were nitre blued, but I had one done in nitre by Oscar Gaddy, and another done by hot bluing, and liked the hot blue better, but it may have just been due to the polishing before bluing.