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    Fixing some pitting

    Hello. I'm new here. Recently picked up a Bersa Model 223, 22 on a trade. I love it.
    However, it has some slight pitting on the back strap. I have some Brownell's bluing paste. I'm thinking of getting the finest abrasive paper, or maybe some steel wool and polishing then re-bluing the back strap.
    Any suggestions before I give it a go?
    Sorry about the crummy picture. It's the only one I got right now.
    And please ignore that brass grip screw - don't worry. It's gonna go.
    TIA.
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    #2
    Re: Fixing some pitting

    Order some Big .45 Metal cleaner before you start and use it with a little oil. Works great on rust and doesn't damage bluing.

    Found here
    $6.00 shipped at the bottom of the page.

    good luck jab
    Long story short, jab is a male.
    Active member in Bersa Forums since 03-13-2005.

    Certified Armed Infidel

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      #3
      Re: Fixing some pitting

      not sure blueing will work on the backstrap, is the frame steel or alloy?

      blueing is a form of controlled rust and needs iron / steel

      unfortunately that screw grip is there for a reason, maybe just paint or color it using whatever method also works for alloy frames?

      Bersa alloy frames are likely anodized to simulate blueing, look at Birchwood-Casey products for something aluminum specific

      Sharpie markers are handy sometimes ;)

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        #4
        Re: Fixing some pitting

        My older Thunder 380 has an anodized aluminum frame and back strap. Standard blueing is not an option
        Sorry looks back.
        Worry looks around.
        Faith looks up.

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          #5
          Re: Fixing some pitting

          If you look up a Bersa Model 223 any book will say it is a DA. Mine is single action. And it has a steel frame. It's all steel. It would make a good boat anchor if it didn't shoot so darn well good.

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            #6
            Re: Fixing some pitting

            Originally posted by bustoff View Post
            If you look up a Bersa Model 223 any book will say it is a DA. Mine is single action. And it has a steel frame. It's all steel. It would make a good boat anchor if it didn't shoot so darn well good.
            There was a model 223 and 223DA (very limited production) both were all steel models.

            Look here for some information (click on thumbnails for more info).
            Long story short, jab is a male.
            Active member in Bersa Forums since 03-13-2005.

            Certified Armed Infidel

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              #7
              Re: Fixing some pitting

              Thanks. Mine has the "slide mounted firing hammer" safety. It needs it. It looks like you could fire the gun by striking the rear of the hammer - with the hammer down on a loaded chamber.
              The only safe way to carry this gun would be condition 3.

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