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

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

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  1. ether

    ether Member

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    I recomend our own george stringer, moderator of the gunsmithing section.
     
  7. 10-Ring

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    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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