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Old 03-18-2017, 11:01 AM
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Does anybody have insight into what media (type and grit) the S&W factory uses to get their bead blast finish as seen on many of their new pro series revolvers??
I used to do allot of bead blast finishing (on eye glass frames) years ago so am not foreign to the process.
Once in a while I get the urge to try to duplicate it on a older /polished revolver.


Doh! a search showed nothing until I posted this and like topics showed up at teh bottom of the page. All set.
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I also would be interested in knowing the type or composition of their media. Particularly if it is a proprietary mix in which case we will never know.
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Says on their website: Glass Bead Finish.

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The beads are 270 grit. Brownells sells them. I have been using them over 20 years and they match the factory bead blast finish.
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A thread you may want to check out:

Glass Bead Media Testing on 5906 Frame
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