Standard care is to wipe down after every handling/fondling with a silicone impregnated cloth. Store in a cool, dry place.
As far as carry, you will end up seeing some wear marks from your holster. This is just a fact of life with blued guns. I personally don't think these wear marks detract from the pistol. It shows that your gun has been used. It adds character to the weapon.
If you don't want any wear marks, stainless steel or hard chrome is probably your best bet. All the other "wonder coatings" have not lived up to a lot of peoples' expectations either, including myself.
[This message has been edited by shane45-1911 (edited 04-14-2001).]
I got the blue because I love the look, so I just want to do what I can to keep it protected from rust. I think most things look better when you know they do work, and wear marks are a sign of a hard worker! Thanks for the info!
I've owned blued guns for over 40 years and NEVER had a rust problem. Just wipe them off before putting them away. If I were storing one, I'd probably use a good oil or grease, like Breakfree CLP, EZOXX or RIG. Some people do seem to have a chemical problem with their perspiration and cause rust on anything that they touch.
One thing I have not seen, and for most of us has been "common sense" is to make sure you don't *store* the blued finish in a holster. Carry and use is another matter.
The acids used in the tanning process will etch the surface of the weapon.
Carry and use the weapon from the holster, just wipe it down afterward and store it apart from the leather