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Posted: 8/9/2004 8:04:15 PM EDT
My 1999 vintage M4 RAS is noticeably black. But tonight, my new (to me) 2002 is purplish in the light. Is this normal? Is this Barney? Do I need a purple Bushmaster to match it? Or should I just wear it out like my other one so that it is dirty and scratched and it doesn't matter?
Link Posted: 8/9/2004 9:14:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2004 9:15:26 PM EDT by Stratohopper]
Consider it a special edition. You could have a prototype before they add "gun metal purple" or "regal metal" to furniture choices.

The windage knob on my Bushie is purple; I rather think it adds a decent bit of accent. However, it's tiny in proportion.

I'm sure the structure is fine, so it's up to you whether or not you can stand the color.

ETA: I've heard of this happening before, on another thread here a short while back.
Link Posted: 8/9/2004 11:17:36 PM EDT
If I take a picture of my rifle with flash, the upper is a purplish color. I thought it was rather strange, but whatever I guess. It's not really noticeable just looking at it with the naked eye though.
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 2:54:50 AM EDT
Mine are purple too. They work fine. -Justin
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 3:55:06 AM EDT
Out of curiousity, what aspect of the chemical finishing process over the aluminum causes causes purple? This occurs with steel and I observe this on the barrel of my like new M1917 Colt (in the right light) and a P.38 I have on the barrel as well. I understand why this happens with heat treated steel during the bluing process, but aluminum? Thanks guys.
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 4:34:58 AM EDT
purple ones are worth more, do a search
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 5:08:57 AM EDT
Yet another fine AR parts maker keeps turning out a purple product. They will keep letting products slip out like this if everyone just deals with it but if everyone who got a purple one sent it back for one that is black like it is surpose to be then they would get the hint and maybe get some quality control over their finish. Bushmaster is notorious for this also.

I know it doesn't affect the performance but who wants a freaking purple railed forearm? Especially if they just paid $300.00 for it.

Send it back and DEMAND a black one, maybe they will get a clue.
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 9:32:18 AM EDT
I have a recently turned purple RRA lower reciever, all I need is a bushmaster purple uppper and a purple RAS to finish my project. I wonder if they will match?
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 9:32:25 AM EDT
If your unit is turning purple, it's time to get a biopsy.
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 10:15:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Spitfire75:
If your unit is turning purple, it's time to get a biopsy.

or you need to use it more
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 11:21:51 AM EDT

so ghey
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 11:50:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 8:01:27 PM EDT
Perhaps you could get some "topical cream"

Sorry I couldn't resist!
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