Color Case Hardening

Here at Lohman Gunsmith we are able to bring those faded colors back by redoing the color case hardening. At Lohman Gunsmith we use our special formula depending on the type of metal we use a combination that includes bone and or charcoal plus a few other things.

Color Case hardening is getting very popular. Many old guns have faded color case hardening. Single action revolvers, and shot guns are very popular to color case harden. Some of the classic shotgun with case harden were. James Purdey & Sons Shotguns, Parker Shotguns, L.C. Smith shotguns, Winchester model 21 Shotguns, Farmers Shotguns, AH Fox Shotguns, Lefever Shotguns, Savage Shotguns.

We color case:
Actions
Handguns
Rifles
Shotguns
Single action revolvers

If we are doing a frame or receiver we will put it in a well-sealed container packed with bone or charcoal or a combination. It then goes into our high heat oven that heats it up but we will stay under the melting point. The longer you can hold at this high heat level the deeper the carbon will spread out into the surface. You will get patterns that have black, blue and purple. As you can see from our picture in the photo gallery we can take your actions, barrels, handguns, rifles, shotguns, single action revolvers and bring that back to how they looked when they were manufacture or even better.

We apply a clear coat so the case harden colors do not wear off.

This type of decorative finish is done by very few companies. It is a lost or dying art. Here at Lohman Gunsmith we do things the old school way.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the turn around time on color case hardening: 2 - 3 weeks on average

I have a old shotgun that is rusted. Can you color case it? Yes, if it is surface rust or minor pitting we can take that off. 

Are rifle action harder than revolvers to color case? No

Do you do all the color case harden at your shop? Yes

Right out of the quench tank a Parker Brothers shotgun Action

Right out of the quench tank a Parker Brothers Action

 
WINCHESTER 94 Pre 64 .30-30 color case right side of firearm

WINCHESTER 94 Pre 64 .30-30 color case right side

WINCHESTER 94 Pre 64 .30-30 color case left side of firearm

WINCHESTER 94 Pre 64 .30-30 color case left side

color case of ruger vaquaro

Color Case right side of Ruger Vaquero

Color Case left side of Ruger vaquaro revolver

Color Case left side of Ruger Vaquero

Parker color side by side case right side

Parker color case right side

Parker Brothers shotgun color case left side

Parker color case left side

Parker Brothers shotgun trigger guard color cased

Parker trigger guard color cased

Parker Brothers 12 guage Shotgun color case

Parker Brothers Shotgun color case

Color cased cartridge trap door on a 410 shotgun

Color cased cartridge trap door

Metal butt plate that has been color case

Color case metal butt plate

Color casing a Smith and Wesson model 29-3

Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 Bright Color Case Rt

Color case harden Smith and Wesson model 29-2

Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 Bright Color Case Left

Color Cased Smith & Wesson Model 29-3

Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 Color Cased and Blued

Frame of a Colt 1903 color cased

Colt 1903 frame color cased

Color Case work on BSA Martini Receiver, Block, and Lever for 22LR

BSA Martini Receiver, Block, and Lever for 22LR Color Case

BSA Martini Lever for 22 long Rifle that was Color Case

BSA Martini Lever for 22LR Color Case

Small Ring Mauser Action Color Case Photo 1 on a piece of wood

Small Ring Mauser Action Color Case Photo 1

Small Ring Mauser Action Color Case Photo 2 on a piece of wood

Small Ring Mauser Action Color Case Photo 2

Small Ring Mauser Action Color Case Photo 3 on a piece of wood

Small Ring Mauser Action Color Case Photo 3

Mauser action color case harden

Mauser Action Bright Color

Color Case work on a Ruger Frame

Color Case Frame

Frame of revolver color case

Color Case Revolver Frame

Ruger Varquero revolover Color Case Photo 1

Ruger Varquero Color Case Photo 1

Ruger Varquero Color Case left side

Ruger Varquero Color Case Photo 2

Ruger Varquero Color Case right side of Revolver

Ruger Varquero Color Case Photo 3

Ruger Varquero Color Case left side of Revolver

Ruger Varquero Color Case Photo 4

restoration

Revolver color cased

Color case revolver

Ruger Vaquero case harden traditional

Color cased Crecent firearms color cased

Crecent Firearms Color cased traditional

Color case shotgun

Crecent firearms shotgun color cased traditional

Color case Crecent Firearms side by side traditional

The gate color cased harden traditional

Spanish revolver color cased harden

Color case harden Spanish Revolver

Spanish Hammer color cased harden traditional

Belgium Quail Gun looking at right side of Color Case

Belgium Quail Gun right side of Color Case

Belgium Quail Gun looking at the left side of Color Case

Belgium Quail Gun left side of Color Case

The right side of the Savage 947 that was color cased

Savage 947 right side color case

Color cased Savage 947

Savage 947 Color Cased left side

Color Case receiver right out of Quench tank

Color Case right out of Quench tank

Bath of cold water

quench tank for color case hardening

Color Case Hardening
Color Case Hardening Small Cannister

Color Case Hardening Small Crusible

color case crusible in Kilm

Color Case Hardening Large Crusible

Kilm at 1400 degrees

Kilm for Color case hardening