Colt Gold Cup with and idiot scratch


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klausman
February 3, 2013, 10:00 AM
A few years ago, I bought a used Cold Cup that was in really nice shape, except for one glaring little detail. It has an idiot scratch from when a previous owner was reinstalling the slide stop. How big a deal is it to get this fixed?

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highlander 5
February 3, 2013, 10:09 AM
Blue or stainless? Stainless I would think a simple bead blasting would cure the problem.
Blue polish out the scratch if possible,use cold blue to fix,if very fussy send it out and have the scratch repaired then have the gun reblued,but I suspect that would be somewhat expensive.

Russ Jackson
February 3, 2013, 10:14 AM
Its like a baby stretch mark on a Woman a badge of honor.

Fremmer
February 3, 2013, 10:23 AM
Heh heh it means she runs, and runs right fine.... :)

Drail
February 3, 2013, 10:25 AM
If it is a stainless gun then the repair will be very easy. If it is a blued gun it will be very expensive. Cold blue will not match the original finish. The first thing I would do is modify the slide stop so this cannot happen again. Go to the 1911 forum and look at the Logman slide stop mod in the stickies.

klausman
February 3, 2013, 10:45 AM
It is a blued gun, and a fine shooter. I'll look at the stickies, etc. Thanks for the guidance. Maybe I will just have to learn to live with it.

That is just great Russ. :uhoh:

bannockburn
February 3, 2013, 10:55 AM
If your Gold Cup runs well and is accurate and the scratch was already there when you bought it, I would say try touching it up with some cold blue on it. Not something I would have the frame refinished for.

Personally it wouldn't really bother me if: 1) I didn't cause the mark in the first place, and 2) if the gun was a great shooter. It was a used gun when you got it and still going to be a used gun (as in showing some signs of wear and tear), for as long as you're shooting it.

The Lone Haranguer
February 3, 2013, 11:35 AM
How big a scratch are we talking about? Unless it sweeps across the entire frame or something, a little scratch is nothing.

klausman
February 3, 2013, 01:04 PM
It is that little 1/4 inch long scratch vertical from the slide stop being pushed home in its square hole without having been properly positioned first.

I was concerned about the expense of refinishing and re-bluing the frame. That then implies doing he same to the slide for more dollars, of course. The second item is what all that re-work would do to the value.

It sounds like I should just try not to notice it, as I have been since I bought it.

I should have said earlier that it is an early 80s series 70.

Fremmer
February 3, 2013, 02:21 PM
Maybe a bit of black shoe polish over it?

SSN Vet
February 3, 2013, 02:58 PM
I'd at least try a drop of cold blue.

cyclopsshooter
February 3, 2013, 03:46 PM
The only solution I have found for the idiot scratch on a blued gun is to enjoy it and shoot the bejeebers out of it...

klausman
February 4, 2013, 01:12 PM
Thanks Guys. I will just ignore it, and as Cy said, "shoot the bejeebers" out of it.
The LOGMAN slide stop modification is one heck of a fine idea. I will look into getting that done to prevent this problem in the future. :)

foghornl
February 5, 2013, 09:35 AM
I have 2 Springfield Armory 1911's, both with idiot marks installed by the same idiot...ME!

I shoot them both without thinking about it..just consider it a "Character Mark".

TonyT
February 5, 2013, 11:29 AM
Why worry about one tiny scratch which is almost impossible to see when the gun is in use. Do you also worry about the scratch on your wrenches and other tools? Guns are tools to be used and they acquire marks when used.

DMK
February 5, 2013, 01:13 PM
Guns are tools to be used and they acquire marks when used.

Normally I'd agree, but the OP is talking about a Colt Gold Cup, not an S&W M&P or Craftsman torque wrench.

It's like saying a Corvette is just daily transportation, don't worry about the shopping cart ding on the door.

ku4hx
February 5, 2013, 01:29 PM
Yeah but, a new 2013 Corvette MSRP starts at $49,600 and runs (with options) to $111,600. I'm only guessing, but I'd imagine a grocery store cart ding on a 'vette might be a wee bit bigger deal and in a completely different category than a scratch on a gun's metal frame. Even a higher end production gun's frame.

Steve C
February 5, 2013, 01:37 PM
Get one of the Blue pens by Birchwood Casey and follow the directions. Kind of like the paint pens you can get at the automotive stores to take out paint scratches and door dings.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/178848/birchwood-casey-presto-gun-blue-pen

wickedsprint
February 5, 2013, 02:00 PM
Even though I am very OCD the idiot scratch does not bother me on a 1911.

RainDodger
February 5, 2013, 04:22 PM
Well klausman... the first step on the road to recovery is to admit that it was you and not the previous owner.... :)

Then you can go on to the second step (after we all give you crap about it) where you forget about it.

Fishslayer
February 5, 2013, 10:44 PM
Yeah but, a new 2013 Corvette MSRP starts at $49,600 and runs (with options) to $111,600. I'm only guessing, but I'd imagine a grocery store cart ding on a 'vette might be a wee bit bigger deal and in a completely different category than a scratch on a gun's metal frame. Even a higher end production gun's frame.

Some of us might imagine differently. :cool:

I LIKE the shopping cart ding idea. It's perfect for me. While I've never owned a 'vette I've owned a couple of new cars.

I think a lot of people have done this. Buy the new car. Now you are parking way out in left field so you won't get scratched & door dinged. You keep the thing polished & waxed. You might even buy a cover for it.

Then you get the first scratch, chip, ding whatever.:what: Usually a mysterious little dent about which you have no clue. You're heartbroken but oh well...

Eventually it just becomes a daily driver. You park it wherever. You give the shoping cart left behind a nudge with the bumper. If it's a pickup you quit putting a blanket down in the bed if you're hauling a friend's dresser.

Holster wear is one thing. "Handling wear," scratches & dings, that's different.

Voyager
February 6, 2013, 02:23 AM
It is a blued gun, and a fine shooter. I'll look at the stickies, etc. Thanks for the guidance. Maybe I will just have to learn to live with it.

That is just great Russ. :uhoh:
Have it hard chromed, problem solved, and you likely won't duplicate the scratch.

Urban_Redneck
February 6, 2013, 09:12 AM
I'd ignore it until I decided to upgrade the grip safety or have some other frame modification done.

YMMV

royal barnes
February 6, 2013, 03:03 PM
I would just ignore it. Period.;)

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