Walt is the webmaster for Fulton-Armory
and a great contributor to the M1-M14 email list.
I forget the full story on that rifle, but there was some reason he wasn't interested in keeping it parkerized (he's got so many Garands, he doesn't need to keep them all original!).
So he had it blued, as he figured it would go well with the Fajen Coffee laminated stock.
I bought a Fajen Camo laminated stock. It's WILD. You either love it or hate it. Imagine the same type of stock, but instead of laminating blond and coffee, you have laminates of blond (the predominant color), green, brown and black.
I will eventually send the stock and a Garand off to Fulton and have it built as a wonder-weapon. I'll go with their "Peerless" upgrade, Krieger barrel, glass bedded in my wild stock, with a t37 flsh hider just to make it unique. But I'll still a few traditional Garands too!