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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:52:51 PM EST
Been searching all over the web now and I am just trying to find out what this process is called. I see it in a lot of old movies. Guy puts a lighter to his iron sights to hide the shine of the metal for a night raid etc. Is this something grunts used to do cause it was easy and fast, and no one does it any more? I tried it on a knife blade and it looks kind of cool if I can make it consistent. Obviously it wipes right off, but is it safe to leave there? Will it prevent rust? Will it exacerbate it? Haven't ever used this on a firearm, but I am curious if you all have, and if so, what you refer to this as when you do it...

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 9:23:47 PM EST
Smoking the sights. Soot is deposited onto the sight to reduce glare or shine. Highpower shooters do this for matches, carbide lamp works well.

Rubs off easily, I would imagine the soot doesnt offer much in the way of rust protection.
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