1911 project - can I just get it re-parkerized?


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ether
February 9, 2003, 03:18 AM
I have a Colt 1991A1 that I've been working on for over 8 years....off and on. I finally have it about like I want it....I painstakingly fitted the Ed Brown beavertail grip safety, fit a Videki match trigger, FINALLY found a hammer (King's Commander) and sear that I liked, re-fitted the stock thumb safety to new sear, and on and on.

After all the frame work I had to do to fit the beavertail, my pistol needs a refinish. I've entertained the idea of having it hardchromed at Tripp's, but I would kinda like to keep the black look since it's my own version of a MEU/SOC 1911 copy.

So who can give it a good bead-blasting and "mil-spec" park job??

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Glockster35
February 9, 2003, 06:17 AM
Just about any gunsmith can send it out to be re-parked.

I don't know of any specialty places for parkerizing, as I haven't sent any guns out to have it done.

I wonder though if you have looked around at better coatings that offer better protection of the elements.

I don't want a hard chrome, or silver finish on my pistols. I prefer a black or dark grey coating over anything else. Tripps offers something along these lines, and I don't think you will find any bad words about Virgil's work.

riverdog
February 9, 2003, 09:49 AM
http://www.dgrguns.com/ Dean specializes in restoring military firearms and parkerizing is usually his finish of choice. Parkerizing for pistols or revolvers is an average of $90.

Sean Smith
February 9, 2003, 10:38 AM
Parkerizing probably won't look that black, depending on the process of course. A matte blue job will actually look flat black. Or, you could go with Black-T, or Gunkote on top of parkerizing, to get really good black finishes.

If I was you, I'd grind the "1991A1" and "-Series 80-" rollmarks off the slide. :cool:

Handy
February 9, 2003, 01:02 PM
You can make parkerizing as black as you want. Use black artist oil paint. Green is what the reproduction people use on Garands.

ajacobs
February 9, 2003, 01:18 PM
I recomend our own george stringer, moderator of the gunsmithing section.

10-Ring
February 9, 2003, 03:22 PM
When I was working on my project 1911, my smith told me, "Hey, your money, your gun, you can have done anything you want!" ;)

There are alot of dark finishes available, but if you like the parkerizing, go for it!

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