Deactivated, and dated 1943. I bought this from RytonArms, and I've seen another non-blued example previously posted on here by a member who also bought theirs from them. Other than that, I've never seen or heard of non-blued examples- is there any known explanation for this? My theory is that this is a product of rushed production, in order to get weapons out of the factories and into the hands of soldiers as fast as possible. Bluing seems like a part of the production process that they could afford to bypass, I assume it's only practical function was to prevent corrosion?
Can anyone tell me if this also adds/detracts value? I personally don't think it looks as nice as a blued example, but I didn't choose when purchasing.
I apologise for my poor photos, my camera's dying. Hopefully soon I'll have it fixed and put up some good pictures of my collection.