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I've run across a couple of these magazines recently and was curious about the finish. The ones I've seen all have the same date - 2/63 and have a unique blue colored finish. Of course these are the aluminum mags so it must be some type of chemical or anodizing.

Was HK experimenting with different finishes at the time?

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I've run across a couple of these magazines recently and was curious about the finish. The ones I've seen all have the same date - 2/63 and have a unique blue colored finish. Of course these are the aluminum mags so it must be some type of chemical or anodizing.

Was HK experimenting with different finishes at the time?

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That is an early one (the earliest aluminum that I have seen is 1/63)!!! :biggrin:
You may be surprised how many are "blue" in the appropriate lighting. :wink:

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Just found this ones..

https://youtu.be/E86RSmhBFMg

Apparently Rheinmetall made some of the early G3s before production was moved to HK. That also explains why indonesian mags were blueish.. they were also made by Rheinmetall. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole aluminium mag concept came from those early experiences. Except for the weight savings I'm pretty sure they are much more suited for the humid south east Asian climate.
 

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I believe this to be the history: :biggrin:

1959 (NWM- Nederlandse Wapen en Munitiefabrik- acquires production rights to the CETME design outside of Spain)--- I have an original NWM brochure (CETME Rifle 58);
1961 (NWM transfers production rights to HK and Rheinmetall);
1969 (Rheinmetall transfers production rights to HK);
1977 (West German Government cedes ownership production rights to HK).

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