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Old 07-09-2012, 05:49 AM   #11
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We think it was my great grandfathers service pistol that he had plated and engraved. Would that make time period sence? He wouldve been in active duty from 1935ish to 1950 ish. And he was a pretty high ranking officer during WW2.
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We think it was my great grandfathers service pistol that he had plated and engraved. Would that make time period sence? He wouldve been in active duty from 1935ish to 1950 ish. And he was a pretty high ranking officer during WW2.
if he served during WWII, possible it was a Colt, an Ithaca, a Remington Rand, a Singer or even several others that made 1911's during the war production years. i would look into one of the SpringField Armory Mil-Spec GI models as they are pretty close in looking like the older WWII style 1911's. nickel plating is going to cost some money for a quality job, as the blueing has to be stripped, then it will have to be polished before plating. that is a lot of labor. then engraving done right is going to be, well expensive. this is on top of what you will have to spend on the pistol. how much is your budget? you do realize that this going to be very expensive if done correctly?
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My thoughts? Rock Island makes polished and a Matte nickel models. If you MUST have nickel plating, you're better off buying a gun that started that way. Also, Rock Island has been earning a good reputation. The guns themselves are a great value.
http://qr.rockislandarmory.com/Armscor_2012%20Catalog.pdf
http://www.gunsamerica.com/912056178/Guns/Pistols/Armscor-Pistols/Armscor_Rock_Island_1911_45ACP_Polished_Nickel_NIB .htm

Nickel looks nice, but there's a reason it's not that popular these days: Stainless steel. For a gun that's going to live in the real world, Stainless is a the better option. Find one you like, and have it polished to a nickel-like shine. Scratches & wear marks? Just get them buffed out as needed.
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You can nickel plate stainless but you gotta plate it in copper first. My Gatling gun barrels were 416 SS and I had them copper then nickel and then chrome plated
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"Get rid of that nickel plated sissy pistol and get yourself a Glock"

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Seriously now, why not get the SS and polish it to a mirror finish?

It should be cheaper than plating it
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My jeweler, who is also a WWII vet, has a nickel plated Remington-Rand 1911.

I have tried to talk him out of it several times. (he still has it)
He told me that after the war it was a big thing to nickle plate the guns to create interest in the civilian market. Right after the war, there were so many 1911s floating around that they had little value, unless they were "special", thus the nickle. He got his while still in Japan, and it looks like new, but to me it is not very attractive in nickle.
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Many old war guns were chromed few were real nickle. After WW II many Vets went to work in Truck and Auto Plants. They chromed all manner of things. I have seen many rare Lugars and Walthers chromed . Just think if they had brought back Glocks and tried to chrome plastic pistols. We would be finding "Silver Globs" at gun shows.
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Jim Wilson calls those Glocks, Prophylactic Pistols. Now, chroming one of those, Durango, just leaves an image in your mind that is difficult to get rid of....
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My thoughts? Rock Island makes polished and a Matte nickel models. If you MUST have nickel plating, you're better off buying a gun that started that way. Also, Rock Island has been earning a good reputation. The guns themselves are a great value.
Was ready to suggest that but its been said
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Many old war guns were chromed few were real nickle. After WW II many Vets went to work in Truck and Auto Plants. They chromed all manner of things. I have seen many rare Lugars and Walthers chromed . Just think if they had brought back Glocks and tried to chrome plastic pistols. We would be finding "Silver Globs" at gun shows.
Sure you can "chrome plate" a Glock. Just use aluminum spray paint....Walmart $1.97.....

One thing about it, you sure as hell couldn't hurt the looks of the Glock.
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