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Old 07-09-2011, 11:57 PM   #1
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hey guys,my 1911 is stainless,with the slide being polished and the rest of the gun being a flat finish.Is there anything i can use to fix the idiot marks i got on my first disassembly?not a big deal just getting tired of looking at them.also which cleaner would be best for overall care of the stainless?thanks.steven
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:52 AM   #2
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Been there, done that! I asked a lot of questions and did a lot of research, and the best response I heard was jeweler's rouge (sp?).

Didn't try it, traded the pistol away to an uneducated newbie.....like I was at the time.

Sorry to hear about it, but lots of us have been through it!

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And there it is...right there in front of God and everybody...mocking you incessantly.

Yes, jeweler's rouge might do the trick or some fine rubbing compound.

[sar] Break out the Dremel! [/casm]



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It's called the "Crescent of Shame" and you will need to refinish the gun or wear it with pride!

It happens to the best of us!

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/learning-strip-th-1911-a-12471/#post90178

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f66/little-ria-24326/#post251721

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/how-avoid-idiot-marks-43169/#post514050

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/my-first-1911-a-38611/#post447658

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It doesn't bother me, it adds character. Goodness, It's a tool use it, don't display it.
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If its a polished part - like the way the stainless Springfield loaded models are - you can get a red scotchbright pad. You rub it back and forth, horizontally EVERY time - you basically rescratch a new grain into metal. You need to do both sides to make it look right.

With a bead blasted finish on stainless, there is no fix other than getting it bead blasted again...

As for future knowledge to keep it from happening again:

For "idiot scratch" protection (what that scratch by the slide stop is called), I use this:

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I previously had an Ed Brown 1911, and the slide stop went in very easily. But on my Custom Shop Springfield, that plunger makes the slide stop VERY hard to get in. EVERY Springfield (various model 1911s) I have previously owned was the same way. That slide stop won’t go in easily because of the plunger…

So, because I DON’T wanna screw up even ONE single time on a $3k gun - I now use that protection device (I put the link above).

I lay it (that small device) on the frame, and then use a small screwdriver to push in the plunger while I seat the slide stop. Then, pull out that plastic piece afterwards that protected the frame.

I used to use scotch tape and some other tricks. But now, I just use this. As it is more reliable and works perfectly every time.
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It doesn't bother me, it adds character. Goodness, It's a tool use it, don't display it.
Indeed. + 1

Those are marks of character for a well used, comfortable, reliable and functioning, carried tool.
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Indeed. + 1

Those are marks of character for a well used, comfortable, reliable and functioning, carried tool.
IF its a gun I carry - I don't care if it gets scratched up. I have a few guns I carry. ANY carried gun will develop scratches.

Guns I do not carry - I do not holster and try to keep looking as good as possible (minus regular shooting wear). However, after having 1911s for so long, the "idiot scratch" is the one scratch I go out of my way to prevent on any 1911 (carry gun or not)
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I personally don't think the Idiot Mark adds character to a 1911. It just tells me someone didn't fully know what they were doing when reassebling their gun.

Best thing to do would be to blame in on the guy that owned the gun before you. Even if you're the original owner.
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i personally don't think the idiot mark adds character to a 1911. It just tells me someone didn't fully know what they were doing when reassebling their gun.

Best thing to do would be to blame in on the guy that owned the gun before you. Even if you're the original owner. :d
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