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Should I have one of my guns melted

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by mattz357, Sep 1, 2004.

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  1. mattz357

    mattz357 Member

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    I've seen pictues of 1911's and others that have been melted... had all sharp edges removed... and it looks really nice. I can't carry, but I think my SIG P232SL would still look great from this treatment. Has anyone had it done? Who would you recommend? How much does it cost? Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. J Miller

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    mattz357,

    I finally saw a picture of a "melted" 1911 recently. I sat there and lamented the total ruination of a perfectly good gun. It looked like a plastic framed Glock more than a 1911.

    I can see no purpose for doing this to one of these good guns. I've caried 1911's quite a bit in belt holsters, uniform holsters and Yaqui slide type holsters and never once did I feel like it should have any of the already contoured areas "melted".

    In my opinion, from using various 1911s, 1911a1s, and Government Models this idea of grinding on the gun till all the areas is rounded is a total waste of time and money and ruins the apearance of a fine design.

    A solution to a non existant problem. Spend your money on something worthwhile, like ammo for practice or reloading components.


    J:confused:e
     
  3. Werewolf

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    Uyyyykkkkkkk...

    No - Don't Do It!

    If you want a handgun without sharp edges then get a revolver. Please don't destroy your Sig by having it melted because IMHO that is exactly what you'd be doing. :what:
     
  4. Zundfolge

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    Okay, now that we've heard from the "purists"... :p

    As someone who carries a gun every day I say "melt down" is a good idea.

    Anything that makes carrying a gun more comfortable is likely to get you to carry more (and frankly the goal for carry should be 24/7 carry) ... the one time you don't carry is probably when you'll need your gun (if Mr. Murphy has anything to do with it).


    I wouldn't say you are "ruining" the gun ... frankly I think the Kimber CDP is a very attractive pistol and many other "melted down" models are also quite attractive.

    Plus (unless you're talking about a WWII era 1911 or some other gun with some historical value) your carry gun is a tool ... do whatever you can to make it a more useful and effective tool we're talking about a tool that can save your life, not a piece of art to hang on the wall.

    I can't imagine it would be too expensive ... basically they grind the sharp bits down and refinish the gun ... but I'd be real picky about what gunsmith I used.
     
  5. Cacique500

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    I have a Kimber CDP which has already been 'melted' and I love it. I actually like the looks and feel of the rounded edges.

    YMMV
     
  6. mattz357

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    Cacique, who did your work and what did it run you? Thanks!
     
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    The CDP comes from the factory already 'melted'.
     
  8. Zundfolge

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    Robar charges $65 for "complete dehorning"
    The refinish (with NP3 or "Roguard") is $250 for complete internal and external refinish ... slide only is $95 and frame only is $115.

    http://www.robarguns.com
     
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    Post pics of a "melted" 1911? I'm curious as to what these look like.
     
  10. SiG Lady

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    Gotta see this...

    Definitely, definitely post a picture of this...!!!!
     
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    I like'em, but have'nt gotten around to having any of mine done yet. My GMs are notorious for eating the linings of jackets - in some cases requiring me to put duct-tape patches on them (the jackets, not the gun). A lwayer spotted my mending once in court and offered to give me one of his old suitjackets. I thanked him and declined

    poor but proud.
     
  14. R.H. Lee

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    I like that, and can't think of any "downside" to it.
     
  15. Rotty

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    but if its melted will it "cut" as well when you pistol whip someone with it?
     
  16. Waitone

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    Melting is a great idea.

    Just melt the Glocks and leave the 1911's alone. :evil:
     
  17. Standing Wolf

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    Heck, just buy yourself a Dremel tool and put in about half an hour's worth of easy work.
     
  18. R.H. Lee

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    heh. Didja ever have one of those times you think "is this really a good idea?" just before you start.....................
     
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    heh. Didja ever have one of those times you think "is this really a good idea?" just before you start.....................

    heh. like when you hit the post button twice. :eek:
     
  20. SiG Lady

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    Yuk, yuk...!

    Ah, a man after my own heart........
     
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    Leave the Sig alone!!! Just buy yourself a new gun thats already had the "heat" put on it!
     
  22. cracked butt

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    If I had a hammer that gave me blisters because it had a rough handle, you can bet I would take some sandpaper to it. Doesn't change what the hammer is or what it does, just makes it better.
     
  23. XLMiguel

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    Happy Medium?

    I polished out the flats on a Kimber stainless steel compact using 400/600/800 grit wet/dry taped to a thick piece of glass. In the course of doing this, I also put some 400 on a hard rubber sanding block and worked the sharp edges of the slide. Though the results are hardly noticable to the eye, they are very noticable to the hand, and I was pretty happy with the results (so was my BIL, he bought the gun from me for $150 over what I paid new :) ). You can also polish the edges, and really make it blend in. Total time was about 2.5 hours of elbow grease. FWIW.

    Dremels are neat tools, but not for the inexperienced. I wouldn't dream of trying a melt job on a nice gun unless I had a lot of practice on something of no consequence
     
  24. litman252

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    Wrecking a gun???? I think not if done correctly.
    Look here Second pic down on right is what I like, the edges are gone but the lines are kept clean.
    YMMV.
    Tony
     
  25. Preacherman

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    Clark Custom Guns originated the "meltdown" idea (and trademarked the name) a long time ago, and they still do a great job at it if you send them your gun. See www.clarkcustomguns.com for contact details.
     
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