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Well I got my new Benelli M4 in and it is BLUE too lol. I m just gonna try to trade for a H20 version and put in some cash.


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Normally the Military wants Type 3 amorphous "hard anodizing" (MIL-A-8625) which is thicker and holds more dye (and tends to soak up and incorporate oil).  Funny thing is Type 3 is the one that allows the darkest shades of black.  It sounds like they are going with some process change that allows even harder or thicker finish but does not hold the dye as well.  There are a lot of new processes using other acids than the traditional Sulfuric or Chromic acid and even some plasma deposition processes.

 

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On 3/15/2021 at 11:19 AM, BamBam said:

Spoke with a DoD contact that relayed Benelli’s explanation is odd regarding blueish M4 receiver color variance is result of US military request for improved/hardened finish..because it’s unlikely that Benelli would incur the extra steps & costs involved to specifically meet newer US military needs and then simply extend the same application to all civilian model M4’s. If Benelli is automatically extending the improved hardened anodizing process to all civilian M4 models at no cost, then why not pronounce & tout the improved finish of the vital receiver and color variance? Stranger D. may have called it right from the jump..guys at the plant in Italy have to much olive oil on their hands at the acid tanks lol!! 

 

The USMC has not purchased a new Benelli m4 in over 9 years.

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Correct, sorry did not mean to suggest the USMC purchased new M4’s from Benelli. From what I was told the USMC may have requested (via RFP?) from Benelli a more resistant finish, but only for/applied to the M4 receiver itself to meet the request.  Essentially, the existing anodizing process was improved upon..or “hardened”.. resulting in the rather broad-blue color variance of the receiver customers are receiving recently.

The existing M4 receiver nomenclature remains unmodified across the various offered models/platforms. From a manufacturing process and to streamline production, it is certainly practical to produce all the M4 receivers consistently in the same manner & steps..therefore extending the new hardened finish across all M4 receivers. If this is the case, just don’t understand why Benelli would not pronounce the new-hardened-finish of the ever-vital receiver and with it comes the disclosure of the known color variance. A possible reason..and this is only my ignorant opinion..is disclosing the known color variance of the receiver will scare off any potential buyers who want an all black M4. 

 

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Hello everyone.. just been reading here and thought I'd add a bit... I also just bought a M4 on 3/3/21 and it has a black receiver.. although I don't know how long it sat in inventory before being sold.. 

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1 hour ago, JTs M4 said:

Hello everyone.. just been reading here and thought I'd add a bit... I also just bought a M4 on 3/3/21 and it has a black receiver.. although I don't know how long it sat in inventory before being sold..  it does have a 2020 manufacture date on it.. 

 

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3 hours ago, JTs M4 said:

Hello everyone.. just been reading here and thought I'd add a bit... I also just bought a M4 on 3/3/21 and it has a black receiver.. although I don't know how long it sat in inventory before being sold.. 

I'd be curious to know myself. I bought mine in February and is blue, but I really don't care it has a blue hue.

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1 hour ago, ButchP said:

I'd be curious to know myself. I bought mine in February and is blue, but I really don't care it has a blue hue.

Yes that is interesting.. I see yours also has the 2020 date on it.. I see yours and the other ones all are 5+1 and PG stocks.. mine is the 7+1 model .. I 've now seen the ones on here and one other one with the 5+1 and PC stock that also has the blue hue.. I don't mind the look just wonder why some do and some don't.. 

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Just wanted show this build.  I embraced the blue and added some briley gold, a socom guy tube, and a mesa stock.  Came out awesome!  Its a Warriors or Notre Dame fan gun.  

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On 4/15/2021 at 2:48 PM, Skull and Bones said:

The “blue” hue is a factory fuck up guys. This whole USMC spec story is just that: a story to sell fucked up guns.

Guess I like factory fuck up guns….

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The blue "fuck up" has been around for a long time. Here is one in this youtube video from 4 years ago, and I have a friend who had one like it from factory in like 2012. It's always been a thing for some to be blue, not really a quality control flaw, as it doesn't affect the quality of the gun. All that being said, I do understand that if you want a black gun, it could be upsetting to not receive one. Benelli should just start actually labelling the ones that turn out blue as such, and then sell them as that separately from the black ones.

 

 

 

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On 5/5/2021 at 4:24 PM, FFMichael said:

All that being said, I do understand that if you want a black gun, it could be upsetting to not receive one. Benelli should just start actually labeling the ones that turn out blue as such, and then sell them as that separately from the black ones.

I highly agree with the bolded part.

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Benelli should sell them as a thin blue line law enforcement edition. People will pay a premium! A forum member sent me a blue M4 and a black M1014. The color is drastically different between the two. They used to release a bunch of M4’s that had an OD green hue. 

 

The blue ones still look better than the purple Barney preban Bushmaster AR-15’s. 

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