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Not sure how you feel about “antiqued” or “distressed” finishes on guns, guitars, hot rods, etc. but Pietta makes this one and it looks pretty good IMO. Cost about $75 more than a standard finish. Looks fairly close to my original Colt 1860 Army. Shoots pretty well.

I think I’ll strip/refinish the grips eventually.

video for any interested

https://youtu.be/JZYkZ1Y94k8


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Pretend finishes. NOPE!


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I kind of put them in the same category as pre-ripped jeans and distressed baseball caps. Not for me.
 
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I kind of put them in the same category as pre-ripped jeans and distressed baseball caps. Not for me.

Yeah, the brand new Gibson SGs with sanded/worn "patina" and fake belt buckle wear always bothered me. For some reason this doesn't.


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I like old guns and replica old guns. I don't mind the aged finish, but I would not pay extra for it, or, at least I never have yet.

But I rarely buy an "old gun" new from the dealer, either, usually I get them from someone who loved them a while before I came along.

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On black powder repros, sure. After all, this is how these pistols appear to us today, a century and a half after they were manufactured.

On firearms outside of that group, I think it looks silly.


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No problem for me. It's trying to replicate an era that is rather appropriate for that gun's original design. Normally I hate distressed finish work on anything new, even when there's a functional purpose (like scratching up the stainless steel materials in a new elevator because the installation could be subjected to future vandalism), but if someone or some company is trying recreate an aura that their item would've lived in, then I can't see how that harms anything.


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I don’t mind distressed finishes on 2 guns. Old Colt SAA clones and blackpowder guns like yours. It just looks right. Now the Sig 365 Spectre? That’s a disaster. Lol
 
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I don’t mind distressed finishes on 2 guns. Old Colt SAA clones and blackpowder guns like yours. It just looks right. Now the Sig 365 Spectre? That’s a disaster. Lol
totally agree.

Maybe in 150 years a “distressed” SIG or Glock will not be as offensive, since they’ll look more like the “original” 20th century guns LOL


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Seems like the antique finish would almost be a requirement for Cowboy Action Shooting.

It would go along with the rest of the costume, of which some are very impressive. You just have to have a cool cowboy name to go with it.


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I’ve got an Uberti Cattleman with one of those distressed finishes. On that gun it looks pretty good actually. I still wouldn’t have picked that myself, but it was my dads and he loved it.

I hate the look on modern guns. The worst is that paint job on ARs that’s meant to look like a the gun was spray painted but then the spray paint has been wearing off because of use.

Like this:

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Yeah the "dragged behind your tuck" Battle Worn finish on the Spectre does nothing to enhance the durability of the finish. Just because it's starting out with a fake beat up look doesn't mean diddle.



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As someone who's super picky about taking care of my guns, I don't care for the fake finishes. If it's an old gun with real history, then that's a different story.
 
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