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Old 02-29-2012, 01:16 AM   #1
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Thinking about sending in my 1911 to colt for the refinish job. It was made in 1987, wasn't used to kill insurgents or hitler or Stalin or anything like that. What I've read though, that's like a cardinal sin akin to eatting lunch at high school parking lots wearing a disguise or something. It's got a lot of wear from the previous twenty years and it's my favorite gun. Am I a bad guy for wanting to spit shine my baby?
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:21 AM   #2
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Thinking about sending in my 1911 to colt for the refinish job. It was made in 1987, wasn't used to kill insurgents or hitler or Stalin or anything like that. What I've read though, that's like a cardinal sin akin to eatting lunch at high school parking lots wearing a disguise or something. It's got a lot of wear from the previous twenty years and it's my favorite gun. Am I a bad guy for wanting to spit shine my baby?
if it was a colt 1911 from 1912 or something that would be an issue but a 1987 version sending it back to colt for colt to do it would prolly raise the value with a colt factory refinish 30 years from now when it may be a collectable not even a real expert would know.
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Not the best picture but the bluing is completely worn below the slide lock, the front of the slide is pretty worn and the exposed part of the barrel near the chamber is worn pretty well. I got it for what I considered a really good deal and even spending the couple of hundred bucks for a new finish i would still come in way below the cost of a new one. Plus, like I said, it's my baby.
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Hello pfev1980, I have owned Colts since the mid 60s and would not hesitate to refinish a 1987 vintage Colt if I felt like it. I have a formerly blue-worn Colt Govt. made in '64, that appeared to have what remained of the original finish. I am not the original owner. I had it reblued, along with other work, in '98, still own it, and am glad I had it "spit shined".

I guess I'm too old, and have owned too many Colts, to believe they are all some kind sacrosanct collectors item or something, once they are a few years old. For instance, the original '70 Series, that tend to bring such high "collector" prices now days. I purchased several '70 Governments and Gold Cups back when they were in production. Some, were not really very good guns. Upon reflection, perhaps it's good they are "collectibles" now, because some sure weren't very good for shooting...
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Refinish it the way you want and continue to carry it and have fun
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Thinking about sending in my 1911 to colt for the refinish job. It was made in 1987, wasn't used to kill insurgents or hitler or Stalin or anything like that. What I've read though, that's like a cardinal sin akin to eatting lunch at high school parking lots wearing a disguise or something. It's got a lot of wear from the previous twenty years and it's my favorite gun. Am I a bad guy for wanting to spit shine my baby?
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You pic looks like a 1991 Series 80. I've got the same gun and am waiting for our resident PAPA BEAR on all things COLT to weigh in on this.

Cane... You out there tonight?

Mine is mint condition, but it's a series 80, plain Jane, with the matte black finish and I would really love a blued colt.

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The gun does not have a high intrinsic value but even so, it's probably worth more now than what it cost new.

What you have is what I call a Heirloom Shooter. It's value is personal, not financial.

I'd return it to Colt for refinishing. Call them;
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Tel: 800-962-COLT (2658) * Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm EST
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Ask them about the work you want done:
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Do you have a Colt firearm or firearm part that needs refinishing? Why ruin your gun with a refinishing job or refinished piece that is not up to Colt standards?

Coltís Manufacturing Company is pleased to offer a range of refinishing options:

Refinishing
  • Receiver Only
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  • Revolver Barrel Only
  • Complete Refinish of Firearm

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  • Blue
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  • Royal Blue
  • Hard Chrome
  • Stainless
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While at Colt, have them go through the gun for repair or replacement of anything needed. They can do custom work should you want.

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You pic looks like a 1991 Series 80. I've got the same gun and am waiting for our resident PAPA BEAR on all things COLT to weigh in on this.

Cane... You out there tonight?

Mine is mint condition, but it's a series 80, plain Jane, with the matte black finish and I would really love a blued colt.

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Nah, it's just a bad pic, if I were home I'd get a better one. I'm in Florida at a SNCO seminar at the moment. I called Colt with the serial and they verified the year of manufacture. I'm going to send it in for the refinish in the next week or so. Will take some quality before and afters and post them. Thanks for the input everyone.
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Thinking about sending in my 1911 to colt for the refinish job. It was made in 1987, wasn't used to kill insurgents or hitler or Stalin or anything like that. What I've read though, that's like a cardinal sin akin to eatting lunch at high school parking lots wearing a disguise or something. It's got a lot of wear from the previous twenty years and it's my favorite gun. Am I a bad guy for wanting to spit shine my baby?
Not at all-
Make it look like this one from the Colt shop

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Not at all-
Make it look like this one from the Colt shop
That is a beauty!!
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