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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ether, Feb 9, 2003.

  1. ether

    ether New Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    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??
  2. Glockster35

    Glockster35 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Goldsboro, NC
    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.
  3. riverdog

    riverdog Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    http://www.dgrguns.com/ Dean specializes in restoring military firearms and parkerizing is usually his finish of choice.
  4. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    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:
  5. Handy

    Handy Guest

    You can make parkerizing as black as you want. Use black artist oil paint. Green is what the reproduction people use on Garands.
  6. ajacobs

    ajacobs Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    VT, USA
    I recomend our own george stringer, moderator of the gunsmithing section.
  7. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    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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