Old Warhorse .45, wanna spiffy it up a bit.

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by banjoGSD, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. banjoGSD

    banjoGSD New Member

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    My pops left me a 1963 Colt Gold Cup National Match. It's in amazing working order, it's a Cadillac in fact. Keep hardball in it and it'll happily eat all day long with no issue. My "issue" here is that it's a shooter and not so much a looker anymore. It's got some scratches and dings that are associated with a pistol that gets carried everywhere. Those I can deal with, reminds me of my dad when I see the evidence of his favorite pistol. What's driving me crazy is how the bluing is fading/worn down in some places. It's holster is natural leather, and has a few tight spots. Around where the slide pin protrudes and below the trigger on the same side it's about a 50/50 mix of blue and bare metal. On the safety side of the slide the Colt emblem has a worn spot too.

    I DO NOT want a new looking pistol, I would just like to restore the bluing to a more consistent state. He also left me a Charles Daly over under 12 guage with a similar issue on the receiver(I guess that's what it is called, the metal bit where a sweaty palm would rest while shooting).

    I have a feeling that bluing is an all or nothing proposition, if that's the case I'll suck it up and leave em alone. The little OCD region of my mind is nagging me however. Is there anything I can try/have done that fits my issue? I use these firearms quite a lot too, so durable solutions are preferable.

    Anyway, thanks for reading this.

    Dan
     
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    Overkill0084 New Member

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  3. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    All this talk? Where's the gun porn? Me wants to see. :D
     
  4. banjoGSD

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    Okay, so an Iphone does not show what I'm talking about. Eh, enjoy the pics of a 50 year old Colt that's had more rounds through it than I care to think about.
     
  5. TheOldMan

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    Check on-line for anyone specializing in restoration/refinishing work. most shops that advertise will be able to do hot blueing which is what you would like to really have done to that Colt. Expect to pay around $200 for the work (most shops that I've looked at). you've got a nice piece there and in my opinion, it would be money well spent to bring it back to it's original glory..
     
  6. banjoGSD

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    Called Turnbull, they want close to 2k, yes 2000 bux to redo the thing. They are more of an antique boutique place and would have to re-engrave it by hand and that's spendy work. Also called Colt directly, they are not taking in new work right now and won't be till fallish. 8 months out right now and they wanna get that whittled down to 2 months. 200-300 bux for a refinish and re-roll of the stampings. Talked with a local guy who upon seeing the pistol his eyes lit up. he eagerly tore it down pronounced it "amazingly great condition" (you go dad) and offered to redo the thing for 200-300. Gonna look at some of his work soon and make a decision. He restoes old Army issue 1911s for clients and flips ones he finds that need TLC.

    Used it for my Concealed Carry test, like a sewing machine. It really is a pleasure to shoot. My H&K is a better engineered, tougher and more adaptable animal, but when it comes to smiles while shooting that Colt just has it in spades. I made a hole about the size of a soft drink lid with 50 rounds with one loner low and left. Lady in the next lane had a Ruger revolver with a uber short barrel...WHOA what a boom. Made me yank the trigger. I got my head past the plane of her muzzle and it rattled my sinuses.