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COLT 1911 re-blue ll

tone59tone59 Member Posts: 670 ✭✭
edited October 2016 in Ask the Experts
Received a letter from Colt today confirming the nickeled or chromed 1911 dad left me had been refinished.
Also the 1941 DOM given by phone from Colt was incorrect.

Letter states,
Finish: blue
Type of stocks: not listed
Shipped to: J.S.Oshman Company, Houston Texas.
Date of Shipment: November 12, 1946
Guns in Shipment: 10

Since the plating is flaking and I am sure as an unoriginal gun this was not one of dads favorite guns I may have it redone.
It has nothing to do with value it will never be for sale by me.
Just don't like a flakey gun.

I am guessing that Colt will do as fine a job as any other shop regardless if it is blueing or nickeling.
Opinions appreciated.
Thank You.

Comments

  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    I will be surprised If Colt will do the job But if they do they will most likely make you happy with results
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,346 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    So is it a good shooter? If so and I had money to spend I would look at some of the new wonder finishes.

    http://www.thegunzone.com/diamond_like_coating.html

    https://robarguns.com/custom-firearm-finishes/
  • HangfireHangfire Member Posts: 3,010 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by perry shooter
    I will be surprised If Colt will do the job But if they do they will most likely make you happy with results


    I agree.. You have the letter from Colt with it's "As Shipped" info.. Now have Colt reblue it.. Keep the paper work together, and you have a great keepsake..
  • tone59tone59 Member Posts: 670 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hangfire...I think that is the way I am going to go.

    perryshooter...I spoke with a few people at Colt.
    They said they do refinish older 1911s.
    But they need to put some eyes on it before saying for sure they will do mine.
    I was pleasantly surprised at their $400-1,000 estimate for the work.
    They said it may take up to a year to get it back.
  • laylandadlaylandad Member Posts: 961 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by tone59
    Hangfire...I think that is the way I am going to go.

    perryshooter...I spoke with a few people at Colt.
    They said they do refinish older 1911s.
    But they need to put some eyes on it before saying for sure they will do mine.
    I was pleasantly surprised at their $400-1,000 estimate for the work.
    They said it may take up to a year to get it back.


    Colt sends all the refinish work to a local gun shop close by me. You may be able to get it done cheaper by calling them directly. The guy that runs the shop is kind of an **shoe but he does really good work. The name of the shop is Accurate Plating and Weaponry. Bob is the owner. Good luck!
  • tone59tone59 Member Posts: 670 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I recently viewed on the auction side(item 588655217) a commercial model 1911 with the same 1946 DOM as mine.
    Like mine it has a rampant colt on both sides of the slide.
    I am curious as to how rare this may or may not be.
  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    hello as to both sides having rampant colt between C220,001and C221,500 surplus military slides with the Colt on both sides were used I can't find any information on what military pistols used the both sides marked slides So it seems yours may be one of 1499 civilian models with you type of marked slides
  • ruger41ruger41 Member Posts: 14,585 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If you want it done like Colt did in the old days there are two options I would consider.
    Turnbull($$$$$)
    Fords Guns.($$ but excellent work and it will look factory)
    www.fordsguns.com
  • tone59tone59 Member Posts: 670 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thank you all for your valued advice.
    This Colt will be sent back to the factory for a while.
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