What is dehorning and why is it done? Is it typical to 1911's only
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November 14, 2012, 08:13 PM
Dehorning is simply easing sharp edges and "melting" corners or pointy bits to make a gun a little "softer" to carry. Some guns have lots of angles and corners that tend to wear on your body and clothes enough to get quite annoying. Dehorning takes care of that.
November 14, 2012, 08:14 PM
Also makes drawing the firearm from a holster and replacing it easier.
November 14, 2012, 08:15 PM
This Rogers 1911 has a mild "melt" or dehorn job done: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=367291
November 14, 2012, 08:16 PM
Here's a much more extreme version -- a full "meltdown:" http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=658405
November 14, 2012, 08:17 PM
And no, it isn't just 1911s. Some revolvers (especially Rugers!) really benefit from the treatment: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=2956435
November 14, 2012, 08:19 PM
I'm no expert, but to me it basically means knocking the sharp edges off here and there before a refinish job. I customized a basic Rock Island, and I did that myself, went over the sharp edges really lightly with some 600 grit wet/dry black oxide paper, then had the gun blued. Here's a few photos, you can see where I touched the edges a tad.
<edit> And, as others mentioned before I got my 2 cents in, it can range from mild to very extensive.