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Take a look at my freshly refinished "Royal Blue" Colt 1991A1 Compact Clark Meltdown

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by WC145, May 8, 2012.

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  1. WC145

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    OK, it's not real Royal Blue since Colt didn't do it, but it is a very nice high polish blue in the spirit of the infamous Colt finish.

    Anyway, my Clark Meltdown 1991A1 Compact was suffering from a very worn finish and I was hemming and hawing on what to do with it when I bought a nice set of Grashorn stag grips for it from a Colt forum member. Those grips looked so nice I immediately decided it had to be a high polish deep blue finish. I took it to my friends at Dietrich Gunsmithy in Otis, ME and left it with them for a couple of months and just got it back today. I had them clean all the roll markings off the slide, hand checker the front strap, install a S&A checkered MSH, bead blast the sights for a matte finish and put a brass bead in the front sight, cut an 11deg crown on the muzzle and polish the barrel and muzzle, then polish out the entire gun and blue it. Robin chose to knock down the points on his checkering to fit with the Meltdown theme and it works really well, I'm going to have him do the same with the MSH and round it a bit more to match the frame. Also, rather than cut the front sight to a partridge style and insert a bead, he notched it and filled it with brass. I like it a lot but he left it matte and it needs a bit of polish, that'll get done with the MSH.

    So, here's a couple of before pics and the best of the after pics I took today. Please bear in mind, I'm a crummy photographer and it's a gray cloudy day here and I missed some oil when I wiped it down, so they really don't do the gun justice, it looks far better in person than in the pics. Regardless, let me know what you guys think!

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  2. Weevil

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    Nice!
     
  3. Manson

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    Beautifully done. I want it.
     
  4. BYJO4

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    Great looking. Work appears to be first class.
     
  5. Certaindeaf

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    That'd work.
     
  6. Walt Sherrill

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    It is gorgeous. Sinfully so.

    The problem with that sort of finish is that I'd be afraid to carry and use it. (The few guns I've had that were that pretty ended up being sold, 'cause I didn't want to mess them up.)

    Shame you can't but a high-gloss clear coat on it. (grin)

    (Hmmm. I wonder if that would work for some of the surfaces?)
     
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    HOLY CRAP, that is a work of ART!!!
     
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    Unreal. And by "unreal", I mean it is so beautifully perfect, it almost looks photoshopped. ;)

    Congratulation on bigtime success for that project!
     
  9. WC145

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    Thanks, guys. Had a similar comment about being too nice to carry on another forum and this was my reply -

     
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    Wow!
     
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    I want TWO
     
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    I was prepared to not like it when I saw that first picture, but WOW!!! That is gorgeous....
     
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    That is a masterpiece!
     
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    I've got a somewhat worn-looking BHP that needs some attention. I may try the (auto) clear coat after I polish it up a bit and touch some up spots with cold blue... just to see if it will work.

    If clear coat can survive big bug hits and some pretty bad gravel hits, it ought to work on a gun finish, to reduce scratching, etc. (It's the little scratches that make a high-gloss blue finish look so bad: they might as well be neon!!)
     
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    I can't believe that is the same gun. Great choice on the finish.
     
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    Wow!

    That little Colt looks fantastic! What a great transformation. I'd carry that gun all the time. :what:
     
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    It definitely grows on you. Nice weapon.
     
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    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss!
     
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    amazing
     
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    wow...

    And I don't even like 1911's that much.
     
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    Gorgeous. I love how the barrel bushing/spring plug and slide are all blended together. Super classy!
     
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    You are the anti-glock.
     
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    It looks like automotive paint it's so deep!

    Very cool...thanks for sharing.
     
  25. WC145

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    That's one of the nicest things anyone has ever called me!:D
     
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