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chroming a RIA 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kentucky_smith, Aug 16, 2006.

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  1. kentucky_smith

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    Talk me out of buying another RIA and then sending it off to be hard chromed.

    Guy came into my local fun shop and traded his RIA Gov't Milspec for a Smith m10. I've been thinking about this for awhile.

    Who out there hard chromes entire pistols, and in what price range should I expect? Anyone have any experiences to share?
     
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    If you can get in touch with Shipwreck, he can tell you about his experience with Tripp. He's had a couple of his Walther P99's hard chromed and I think he was very happy. He certainly has some nice pics of them!

    Jim
     
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    http://www.classicarms.us/ Scroll down halfway, you'll see the RIAs that they left the frame parked and had the slide & all small parts hardchromed. They're asking $360.
     
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    I had a Star BM 9mm hardchromed by Accurate Plating and Weaponry earlier this year. Cost including shipping was in the $150 range. A 1911 should be in a similar price range.

    I am very happy with the work by AP&W and DEFINITELY recommend them to anyone.

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    Ok, I'll try to talk you out of that. Instead, you could try to find a chromed one from the factory...of course it would be chambered for .38 Super ACP.
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    Sweet. where did you get that from?
     
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    I got it from a small gun shop in Butner NC. It layed there NIB for a couple of months amongst all the tupperware and unobtanium alloy guns. I felt sorry for it and decided to go ahead and get it. I added the stag grips of course...all else will stay stock.

    Shoots great too! I now know where this another one and at times am tempted to get it as well...but for no sensible reason.

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    Hacker's Star BM is really getting my attention...I want one!
     
  9. kentucky_smith

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    Do they come chromed, nickel or both from factory?

    This guy says this is Nickel.
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    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=54473817

    Should I worry so much about the nickel flaking off?

    I've got a reg Gov't RIA, along with a 1991 parked and a Kimber. Just want something of a bbq gun, and I like the idea of .38 Super. :cool:
     
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    That pic certainly looks like nickel. See the "scratchy" appearance to the finish? Hard chrome should not look like that.

    Nickel will wear off over time, hard chrome is much more durable.
     
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    That's a good question. I usually see them listed as "chromed", "hard chromed" and once saw one ID'd as "nickel."

    Good observation. Mine has some very small minor marks, but nothing like that one pictured. Of course, that dude used a flash, I took my pics outside on a overcast day.

    The box label on mine has "nickel" hand scrawled in ball point pen ink...no mention elsewhere of the finish. The owners manual makes no mention of chrome or nickel, listing blued or parkerized as the two finishes available.

    I'll ask the factory rep...he's usually available (eventually)
     
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    hard chrome

    As per the RIA Factory Rep, these guns are hard chromed, not nickel.
     
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    Great, :uhoh: now I've got to buy it.
     
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    Most local gunsmiths either have a place to send it to or can do it themselves. The $150 range sounds about right for a med/large frame auto. I would recommend doing it on something higher quality than the RIA like a Springfield mil spec. It's less than $100 more and you get a much higher quality gun.
     
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    EYE CANDY!

    Those are so sweet! I just turned 16 shades of envy green!

    Thanks!

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    So did you? I notice it's gone. I gave it more than serious consideration so as to have a matched pair. There's nothing wrong with the RIA. I'd rather have the hard chromed RIA .38 Super than any Springer in the same price range...plus 100 or so bucks. Been there, done that.

    Just my opinion and that means it's right for me :neener:
     
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    And just what are you basing this on? Strictly opinion or do you have some info/proof that the Springer's a much higher quality gun?
     
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    Actually I fell in love with an faux ivory-gripped .357 Ruger OM Vaquero yesterday at the local gun shop which I believe will fit my bbq gun needs. (along with an urge to carry a handgun while deerhunting)
     
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    OK...someone bought the shiny RIA...thought maybe it was you. The important thing is that you now have a BBQ gun!
     
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    RIA uses cast frames and slides do they not?

    I agree that you would be better off useing a higher quality base platform.
     
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    Just because it's cast doesn't mean it is of lower quality. STI thought enough of Armscor to start using their slides/frames for the base of budget 1911 they're getting ready to sale. Likewise, I think most will agree that Ruger's quality is quite high, and they cast everything.

    I don't think we'll get into the can of worms of forged being stronger than cast, seeing as it's rather irrelevant. The only things on a RIA that can use replacement are some small internal parts, that's it.
     
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