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View Poll Results: What do you think of Les Baer's plum colored blue parts?
I like it: It makes my Baer unique. 16 21.33%
I'm neutral: It's an acceptable outcome of the blueing process 29 38.67%
I dislike it: I want it re-blued 30 40.00%
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:06 PM
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What do you think of Les Baer's plum colored parts?

Curious what everyone thinks about the various blued Baer parts that turn plum colored, especially the slide? At first, the uneven blueing on the slide and frame bothered me, now I'm taking a liking to it. What does everyone else think?
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Old 06-08-2017, 08:02 PM
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It's not possible for me to care any less than I already don't care.

My Baers shoot balls out, run all day and that's all that matters to me.
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Old 06-08-2017, 09:05 PM
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Aesthetically I can see how some could have an issue with it on a expensive semi-custom. But for those who like me bought a Baer as a carry tool I doubt they care. For me I bought a Baer for its unique personality and because they are tough as nails, if I was looking to get a pretty gun I'd step up to an Ed Brown or Nighthawk.

I love my Wilson and all of it's extra features and fitting but the simplicity of Baers just calls to me.
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Old 06-08-2017, 10:35 PM
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What do you think of Les Baer's plum colored parts?

Baer plum beats Ruger purple for me
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:03 PM
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I kind of like it and it is unique. My PII shoots so well and is so reliable, I really can't see how it could bother me.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:21 PM
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Does not bother me

My two 5 inch bears are incrediby accurate and never malfunction. I could care less if they are blue, plumb or any other color.

A couple of years ago I had 2 other 1911's from a different company that were absolutely beautiful. They were polished to perfection and were drop dead georgous! And they wouldn't shoot! I sold them, bought the bears, and will never look back. The bears aren't exactly what I would call pretty, but they are deadly accurate, and will run with anything I put in them. So ---- pretty is as pretty does.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:26 PM
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Mine's not there yet but it won't bother me if and when it happens.
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Old 06-09-2017, 12:28 AM
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Lots of Rugers and Winchesters I have owned turn plum also. Doesn't bother me one little bit. It looks better than any of the "paint" finishes everyone uses today. And if you're actually using it like you should be - it's going to wear off anyway. A Baer with half of the bluing worn off is a beautiful thing IMO.

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Old 06-09-2017, 01:01 AM
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It's not possible for me to care any less than I already don't care.

My Baers shoot balls out, run all day and that's all that matters to me.
^^this. A wise man once had a Sig line that said something about a Baer being like a blonde nympho...there's a bunch of truth to that
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:20 AM
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Doesn't bother me at. Tools get used
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:17 AM
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If you don't like it, buy the Baer in hard chrome. I am not wild about it, but prefer the finish to any painted on one.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:51 AM
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It's called lack of attention to detail. I had my purple Thunder Ranch slide reblued by Alchemy about 5 years ago and it still looks great
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Old 06-10-2017, 02:47 PM
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I like the look of Baer bluing when new. Don't much care for the plum color mine have now. One day, I might send them off to get re-blued by someone other than Baer.

Guess the bluing is like other corners Baer likes to cut. Not sure why they work on their process to make the guns look nicer.
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:48 PM
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Hate it-I want blue, not purple. Is it supposed to turn purple and, if not, can't Baer blue a pistol that stays blue like most everybody else's does?
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:08 PM
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What do you think of Les Baer's plum colored parts?

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Old 06-10-2017, 07:16 PM
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It's the metal. Not sure about the steel but was to told the hardness of the steel les used caused the pluming. I actually had one returned to Alchemey that was so hard it wouldn't take a high gloss blue. Rob had it hard chromed , turned out well. I don't mind the pluming at all, but like them single safety, mag well etc. is the reason I sent some to Rob and had a couple refinished while there for upgrades. I have a. mono HW I ordered with all the options I like, it can plum away, I'm fine with it. This one took the bluing fine






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Old 06-10-2017, 07:17 PM
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:01 PM
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It's not possible for me to care any less than I already don't care.

My Baers shoot balls out, run all day and that's all that matters to me.
Agreed. Y'all need to worry less and shoot more

For the record, my Baer is 3 years old and has 30k rounds and none of the bluing is the least bit purple (not that I'd care)
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:29 PM
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My utc slide was purple out of the box.

Would have preferred it to be the same deep, dark finish of my mono but whatever. I bought I to shoot.


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Old 06-10-2017, 09:43 PM
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I used to see brand new ones on GB that had purple slides. I no longer see that so I assume they addressed the situation.
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:51 AM
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If the wear bothers you, next time get a finish like this. No signs of wear on my finish. Both function and beauty. Best of both worlds.

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Old 06-11-2017, 06:42 AM
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Just a thought, and perhaps unrelated.....but maybe it is, I remember navy blue cars from the 50s-70s, which were neglected from being waxed, turned purple. Anyone old enough knows the paint, fit and finish stunk on American cars. Maybe it's accelerated oxidation from the steel?

Finish, or lack there of, was something that stopped me from getting an LB in the first place. I've got guns at half the price with better finishes.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:22 AM
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I have 2 blued Baer's that have not turned plum, but one is new and the other is about 5 years old. It would not bother me at all if they did. I have a Old Model Super Blackhawk and a Dan Wesson 44 that are very plum and I like the looks of them.
For everyone bashing Baer there are examples of some plum coloring on most brands out there, it has happened to a lot of gun makers.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:28 AM
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This is easy : If you going to shoot em instead of sit around looking at them, Les Baer is a great value and a great pistol. They will be around going strong when some other brands will have hit the gunsmith trash can.
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