Recommendation for Hard Chrome Plater?


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madmattmd
August 17, 2006, 10:54 AM
Hi folks,

I have an IAI (AMT) 1911 and I'm interested in having the slide and frame hard chrome plated for durability. Can someone suggest a reputable company that does high quality work?

TIA,
Matt

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progunner1957
August 17, 2006, 11:37 AM
Tripp Research - most likely the best in the business. Take a look at
www.trippresearch.com

$210 to do an entire steel frame pistol, $180 for same, less barrel.

Some photos of Tripp's hardchrome work to look at -
http://www.parkcitiestactical.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=007764#000013
...And...
http://www.parkcitiestactical.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=009537;p=1
(scroll all the way down on both links)

Just_a_dude_with_a_gun
August 17, 2006, 11:42 AM
I've heard the same ^^ Most people i've seen posting excellent work, used tripp.

Will Fennell
August 17, 2006, 12:15 PM
Virgil Tripp does awesome work.....and a very knowledgable 1911 guy to boot!

dfariswheel
August 17, 2006, 09:06 PM
Here's the top platers.
Each offers different options on appearance and pricing:
Some off only the original pearl-gray matte finish and some offer polishing to stainless appearance, and some off near-mirror finishes.

http://www.originalmetaloy.com/

http://www.fordsguns.com/index1.htm

http://www.apwcogan.com/Greetings.htm

http://www.trippresearch.com/

http://www.techplate.com/firearms_pl.htm

http://www.mahovskysmetalife.com/

mrmeval
August 17, 2006, 09:16 PM
That one link has a bunch of people who don't know the difference between decorative chrome and hard chrome. :rolleyes:

The old guns with decorative chrome all look pretty crappy now but hard chrome won't have that issue.

I was looking at having tripp do a rifle when I can affford it. I want a good all weather shtf bolt rifle.

kahr404life
August 17, 2006, 10:41 PM
Thanks for the info.

HSMITH
August 18, 2006, 09:18 AM
Tripp and Accurate Plating and Weaponry get all of my business.

Tim Burke
August 18, 2006, 10:02 AM
+1 on Tripp

alumltd
September 3, 2006, 12:49 AM
I second Virgil Tripp.

IMHO he's undeniably one of the best as proven on my Colt 1911 frame manufactured 1918!

Great mag kits also!:D

CDRODA396
September 10, 2006, 09:55 PM
Accurate Plating and Weaponry did my Classic Gold Match and did awesome work for a reasonable price.

mete
September 10, 2006, 11:31 PM
Make sure you specify hard or soft chrome and polished or matt finish. If you want any changes on the gun such as chamfering the corners you must do it before plating !!

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