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Your going to like it. Put a Millet rear sight and SBH hammer on it and WOW! ;)
 

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Lookin' Good! Those grips belong on that gun. I like the belt and holster too.
 

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Okay, here's another one of my not too bright questions. Is that gun blued? It looks black to me. What's the difference between the silver, blued and black guns?
 

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Natalie said:
Okay, here's another one of my not too bright questions. Is that gun blued? It looks black to me. What's the difference between the silver, blued and black guns?
Natalie, asking questions is how we all learn.....The "silver" is usually stainless steel, if it is factory, but can also be hard chrome, NP3, nickle, or a few others that sort of fall in that same area. Stainless steel is brushed or polished to different degrees to obtain the desired luster.....the rest of those are either chemical or electro plated finishes. The "blue" is a chemical that is applied to the metal to give protection and will have a blue/black tint (hot blue will last longer and be deeper than cold blue)....the "black", is a finish that, iirc, became popular with the introduction of polymer firearms (glock).....help me out here, guys.....I don't really know how to explain this better.......
 

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"Blueing" looks black...It's a type of finish on steel. The deeper the color of "blue" depends on the level of polish of the steel underneath. Think of it kind of like stain for wood. It doesn't do a lot to protect the metal from rusting, but it looks nice, and does offer some limited protection. Guns that are silver, are either stainless steel, just like your SP101 or nickle plated. Stainless steel guns are made with a non-ferrous steel (low amounts of iron in the smelting process) that inhibits rust from from forming. How ever stainless steel WILL rust if neglected. The other silver finish is nickle plate. They take and dip the part into a tank, and using electricity, bond a super thin layer of nickle to the steel. Nickel does not rust, but it can show scratches, and does eventually wear off given enough use. Nickle plating is expensive, so most modern guns that are "silver" are all stainless steel (just like the blade on a kitchen knife).

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Your going to like it. Put a Millet rear sight and SBH hammer on it and WOW! ;)
SBH hammer and a free spin pawl are the first things. Well the grip frame swap too. :mrgreen:
 

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So this gun that BH has is (hot) blued giving the appearance of being black? I noticed some of Johnny Wacko's guns were blued. I assume that has to be applied from time to time because he had two blued guns - one much darker than the other. Looked as if it were wearing off of the lighter colored one.

My understanding is blued, stainless, and nickel plated are a matter of preference and cost. Am I right?

What do I have to do to keep my SP101 from rusting? Rust on a gun would be like cancer in a person.
 

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What do I have to do to keep my SP101 from rusting? Rust on a gun would be like cancer in a person.[/quote]

Keep it clean and dry, and use a silicone cloth on it.
 

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What do I have to do to keep my SP101 from rusting?
Never got into the silicone cloths, but I heard they work well.

I would just wipe it down with a rag with some gun oil on it once in awhile. If you were going to store it for a long time, you might want to use a grease type product like R.I.G. Other than that, you should be good to go. :D
 

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How about Hope (sp?) - deputy said if used like perfume the guys would come running. :lol: :lol: I saw it at the shooting range.
 

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Your thinking of Hoppes #9. It's used for cleaning the powder residue left on a gun from firing it. If you just worried about rust...rem oil, or hoppes gun oil will work just fine. But for a no mess solution Danny is right, the silicone cloths get great reviews.
 

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Thanks.
 

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Silicone cloths work well but I use them only to do the ocassional wipe down of a stored gun or after fondling a gun when I put it back to bed. KleenBore and Hoppe's both make a good one. I keep several of the most often used guns in silicone treated gun socks or 'bags'. I have never in twenty plus years had a gun show any rust when stored in these bags.
Natalie, after firing your SP101, make sure to clean the gun within a reasonable time, usually a couple of days, and remove any powder residue and fouling from the cylinder face and around the forcing cone and barrel stub. Wipe the remainder of the gun, mostly exterior surface, down with a hoppe's impregnated rag, then a clean dry rag, then, if desired apply a coating of Ballistol or other oil based product, and then lightly wipe again with the dry rag to remove any excess. As long as the gun is not exposed to moisture or high humidity, it shoulld never rust. I suggest inspection of a home personal defense gun at least once a month, and a carry gun EACH TIME you strap it on.
Hope this helps & Good Shooting!
 
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