View Full Version : No4Mk1 Parkerization turned brown? Now with pics

03-23-2012, 11:57 AM
Hi guys,

I purchased a nice Savage No4Mk1* a short while back. Love the rifle but am curious about the finish. Just like the title says, the park job turned brown at some point. It did so nice and evenly, so to me it actually looks kind of cool. Either way I'm sure it hurts collector value, but I'm still curious....why did this happen? Is there something I should do about it, or just love my brown rifle? Thanks guys

03-23-2012, 12:00 PM

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03-23-2012, 1:36 PM
The GF has the camera right now. I'll try to get ahold of it this weekend.

03-23-2012, 1:39 PM

03-23-2012, 1:57 PM
Not very good cell phone pics. Kind of hard to see the exact color, but you can see the contrast against the non parked parts.

03-23-2012, 2:07 PM
I used to know a guy who did parkerizing and his would also turn brown, rust? salts in coating? dont know looked nice though.

03-23-2012, 2:26 PM
Plum is a choice for some old shotguns. Maybe the Parkerization Guy had been sniffing too much that day?
Not unusual for the Bolt to be a different color than the Reciever.

03-23-2012, 4:11 PM
Looks normal to me it those pictures, take it outside in some indirect light to reduce glare.


03-23-2012, 4:21 PM
Oh I've seen this before. In the early years of WW2, there was a mad rush to get weapons out to the front. They rushed the Parkerizing process that resulted in purplish/brownish looking weapons. Usually it's American weapons like M1 Garands and M1911s but this is the first time I seen a No.4 with that finish. But since yours was an American made No.4, it kinda makes sense.

03-25-2012, 5:59 PM
My Garand park job is green, I guess it has something to do with the chemicals...