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Do you like a 1911 with a nice roll-mark or a blank slide?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cyclopsshooter, May 10, 2012.


Roll-marks or No?

Poll closed Jun 9, 2012.
  1. I dream of the pre-war Colt A1 slides.. 60s aint so bad too...

    38 vote(s)
  2. Bare Nekkid

    64 vote(s)
  1. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  2. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Well-Known Member

    I tend to like them blank. I don't mind very subtle roll marks like a Dan Wesson or period accurate like some Colts or Others.
  3. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    A nice and tasteful roll mark is OK. Of course, what's tasteful to one is garish to another. Mom is visiting and we were in a gun store today; most of her guns are revolvers and she wanted to know why the Colt/Umarex 1911-22 I was looking at had so much writing on the slide...
  4. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    I prefer blank, but for the most part, rollmarks don't bother me.
  5. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    I have an ugly roll mark Colt, but I like nice looking roll marks; and that's very subjective on my part. :)
  6. Bozack

    Bozack Member

    It doesn't bother me either way. I never read the side of the gun when I am shooting.;)
  7. J2FLAN

    J2FLAN Well-Known Member

    To my eyes, big roll marks along with those front "cooling fins" make for a ulgy gun. I know, cause I have a few, that only an owner could love. :eek:
  8. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    I think it depends on the words on the rollmark. I believe a Wilson Combat rollmark is a lot nicer than a Llama rollmark. Kimber is almost too big but it has a flair. The big R on the Remington may be a bit much and a subtle Dan Wesson rollmark will always look good. Baer, Brown, Nighthawk, nice. RIA or AO, not so nice.

    Sometimes nothing says the most.
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  9. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    I like blank or minimal. Cannot stant colts of the last few years with the gigantic billboards even thou they are great guns.
  10. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    Just don't put the entire safety manual on the side of the gun and it is alright by me.
  11. Auto426

    Auto426 Well-Known Member

    Frankly I like both. A nice tasteful rollmark with fine print and clean design is pleasing to my eyes. I've always liked Colt's because of this. Clean slides without roll marks are also okay with me, but I can't help but feel like they are missing something sometimes.

    What I don't care for are large billboards that take up the entire slide, like the early S&W's and their giant "SW1911" written across the left side. Giant "read manual before using" or other type safety warnings are also a turn off.

    Brent (a Colt employee) commented on it over on the 1911 forum. He didn't give a specific reason for it, but noted that most of their 2012 models had the right side roll marks deleted. The exceptions are guns like the Combat Elite and Gold Cup Trophy which have large specific roll marks for their right sides.
  12. Nushif

    Nushif Well-Known Member

    To me there is no such thing as a "good" roll-mark, laser etching or 1900's style engraving. 8) I like my art simplistic.
  13. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I actually bought a Colt Government last year so I could have the "100 Years of Service" roll mark on the slide.
  14. miles1

    miles1 Well-Known Member

    Thats interesting.The AO by Khar i looked at a few days ago doesnt have any ugly roll mark on it at all.
  15. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    Makes no difference to me as long as the gun works. I'm a function before form kinda guy.
  16. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin Well-Known Member

    Large letter roll marks are obnoxious looking. If it has a "billboard" type of roll mark than I don't like it. If it's small enough like what the Colt standard roll marks are, it's a-okay. A blank slide is nice but the small lettering on my Valor is just right. ;)

  17. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Colt's Government Model is all it should say, IMO. I'm not a fan of any of the iterations of the anniversary billboard, personally. And no forward slide serrations, thank you very much. :)
  18. power5

    power5 Member

    Blank looks best I think. Not sure what the front serrations are anyway but much rather not have them. I know they are not for cocking because that would be a dumb place to put your hand when loading a round to the chamber.
  19. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Press checks, supposedly.
  20. RhinoDefense

    RhinoDefense Well-Known Member

    I don't like engraving nor front serrations. My 1911s don't have them.

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