Originally Posted by GunRunner
Why does the safety and slide stop on your first pick looked like it was hammered with something?
If you look closely at the enlarged picture you'll see that the trigger shoe, hammer and grip safety also have this appearance. What you can't see is that the ends of the barrel,guide rod and guide rod bushing look the same.
At one time these parts (sans a different trigger shoe) and the flats of the slide and frame also looked hammered along with the grip screws..
A long time ago I saw an article in some magazine about how to do those circular swirls often seen on custom VW Bug aluminum dashboards> That technique used a wooden dowel chucked in a drill press and valve grinding compound. Put a little VGC on the aluminum plate and lower the dowel. The result was a swirl. I tried that on a trigger shoe way back then but found that I could not make a straight line and it looked crappy. So I gave up on the idea.
Fast forward to last year. I had polished the sides lo the slide and frame on Domino but that mirror like finish showed every little scratch! Well I found an old used nub of a Dremel end brush in some old stuff of my late father's and it got me to wondering. So I chucked it up in my Dremel tool, put some course polishing compound on it and started tapping the end of the brush on the polished slide. The result is what you see in the pic. Depending on a few different factors the pattern can be dots or squiggly lines.
The coolest part of the finish is that when the gun is held and moved around in the light the pattern looks 3D and seems to move with parts of it disappearing. I think that it's a very cool finish, even if it is a bit flashy.
Thanks for asking.