This is a discussion on Bluing mags? within the Gunsmithing forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I think these questions are going to come across sort of bubba-ish but I've had them on my mind for ages so I'm asking anyway.
I think these questions are going to come across sort of bubba-ish but I've had them on my mind for ages so I'm asking anyway.
Seeing that I'm not so fond of the looks of the Checkmate (CMI) mags light gray "corrosion resistant phosphate finish" I've been thinking about cold bluing a mag or two to see what results I can get from that.
1. Has this been tried by anyone before? If so I'd love to see some pictures.
2. If you were to try this yourself, what process/procedure would you use? I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried this before but any and all opinions are welcome.
No pictures but I have used cold blue over old parkerized finishes. They came out much darker and still retained a mostly flat finish. I would suggest just doing a bottom plate to see if you like the effect. After bluing be sure to thoroughly rinse the items, dry and then use some kind of gun oil the seal the finish. I used the birchwood casey super blue.
Bluing, hot or cold, has zero corrosion resistance.
The magazine is the most abused part of the M14 rifle. It sits in closed ammo pouches, humid garages, leaky trunks and rubber range bags. It is usually the first part to rust. Since a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, the magazine needs special attention.
Parkerizing is designed to trap in oil. It is cheap and effective. Stick with it.
I don't like the light grey color either. Midway and Brownells sells parkerizing solutions for pretty cheap. The Manganese solution from Lauer's is almost black to medium grey depending on the type of steel. Easy to strip the existing finish with white vinegar, pool acid, or Jasco Phosphate Prep N' Prime.