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WHAT IS CARBONA HEAT BLUE?

At Restoration Firearms, we use only the classic old methods of rifle building and finishing. Carbona heat bluing is just one of those traditional methods that we use. It is a similar process to color case harding where carbon is added to the steel. Luger, Mauser, Smith & Wesson, and Colt are just some of the manufacturers that have used this process. Basically, the part is polished and degreased, then heated to 600 degrees until a deep blue/ purple color emerges, then the part is oil quenched, capturing the colors and leaving a very durable and beautiful finish.



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HAND RUBBED OIL FINISH

Our stocks are sanded and shaped by hand with various grades of sandpaper up to 220 grit, where the grain is raised or "whiskered" several times, then sanded back down. Sanding is continued up to a 600 grit. The stock is then stained several times, allowing 24-48 hours to dry and rubbed down between each coat with 0000 steel wool. This process is continued with Linseed or Tung oil until the desired finish is obtained. This old world process is know as a London oil finish,which is still the best way to bring out the true beauty of the wood. It is durable, water resistant, and long lasting. Because this method is so time consuming and labor intensive, it is not possible to do in high volume production.



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WHAT IS COLD RUST BLUE?

After browning, cold rust blue is one of the oldest original gun finishes, and is still used today on British best quality double guns. The barrels are plugged, polished and degreased, then dipped in a special solution and rinsed with water. The outside of the barrel is then allowed to oxidize (rust) putting the finish into the steel, not just on the surface. Because of this, rust bluing is the most durable and long lasting of all the gun finishes, and actually looks better as it ages. The rust is then carded off with 0000 steel wool, and the process is repeated several times until the desired color is reached. The barrel is then oil cured for several days to stop the rust, producing the classic gun metal grey finish. This method is no longer used on factory production guns because it is too time consuming and labor intensive as well.




L&R LOCKS

We now feature the high quality American made L&R locks in all of our custom rifles. These precision machined locks are truly a work of art and are the heart of a good rifle. Their strong mainspring makes for a faster locktime, which means enhanced accuracy and more reliable ignition.




WHAT ARE DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS?

After the hammer is cocked, the front trigger will always fire the gun. If you pull the rear trigger first, it will click, which "sets" the front trigger for a very light pull. This is desirable for target work or long range shots. The front trigger pull can be adjusted by using the screw in between both triggers.




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