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OK it's not a 1911. I'm cleaning up a revolver.

the hammer was an original SW case hardened K frame, which somone jeweled. I blasted the jewel swirls off and am trying to refinish it. I tried Parkerizing which was reluctant to take. This is a 1960's vintahe hammer which I don't believe is stainless. Any ideas? I have the durakote ready, but Park would look better. The trigger was the same but replaced with a NOS trigger.

Thanks, Greg
 

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Non of the S&W hammers that I've ever fooled with are stainless. Even on stainless guns, they have been "flash" chromed. I've blued hammers and triggers that had worn case colors and the colors seem to come back a bit. Not as distinctive as when fresh from the factory, but brighter than they had been before re-bluing.
 

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The old Smith hammer and triggers are harder than hens teeth.
And yes, they are all carbon steel.

I like them high polished actually.
 

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I always have a bottle of cold blue to test gun parts before I attempt to parkerize or blue. First thing I due is polish a small part of said part with a dremel and some cratex, then try to cold blue it. If it takes cold blue I know it will park, if not its probably stainless.
Saves me alot of headache.
Chris
 
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