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Old 01-21-2014, 07:17 AM   #1291
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Here is my 1917 Colt with WW1 holster, lanyard and magazine. All parts are USGI and appear original to the pistol, and are appropriately marked with expected inspection stamps/proofs....

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Very nice guns! Point of fact: There is no designation as Series I. The original Kimbers had no such designation nor does Kimber refer to them as such. The SLE was a pre Pro Carry HD. The initials stand for Special Limited Edition. This is Kimbers way of testing the waters when the company is thinking of adding a new handgun to their line. By using this designation if the buying public doesn't bite then they do not have to "drop" a gun from their line. They simply don't make more and the series runs out. Just thought I'd put my 2 cents in. If I've stated the obvious I meant no disrespect.

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My First Kimber. Domino, Pro Carry HD II, .45ACP

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Why does the safety and slide stop on your first pick looked like it was hammered with something?

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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.

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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.

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Make a video of it, I'd like to see the effect.

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Did you have some lowering cuts done on your full size model ? I had my adj sights just hammered on and to keep the zero, I had to add a real "shark fin" of a front sight. (shark fin = real high) Wish I would have paid the extra $$$ to have it lowered.

The shark fin front makes it hard on my holster. It was part of my build a comp gun on a budget dreams. Lesson Learned - never start a 1911 project on a budget. It only leads to heartache.
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