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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:34 am 
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I'd have thought pretty much any deact PPSh-41 you see will have been refurbished postwar. Therefore the blued and grey (parkerized?) finishes you see on deacts are merely pot luck as to what finish was used when they were refurbished.

Of the two finishes, I'd guess blued was closer to original WWII factory spec.

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The grey examples which Ryton Arms have appear to be bare metal rather than parkerized. Almost like the weapons were prepared by sand blasting to be hot dipped and it never took place.

I have asked this question before on the Gun Boards Forums where most of the serious Russian collectors are and they all claim that the Russians never used a grey finish of any type during the war.


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Soviet small arms are blued in wartime. This, obviously, wears off in use giving rise to the apparent grey colouring in some photos.

They were never parkerized. If you get one like that it's been done by someone further down the food chain.

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The Bluing on this Rezidents State Issued Weapon System 1944 has turned almost Silver with use and age.

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Thank you all, that is great info, I had seen pictures of them in a greyish or brownish finish, but that must of been just rust patination or later re-finish, mystery solved, you learn something new everyday :D


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