1911 Customization

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by CharlieWhiskey261, May 22, 2012.

  1. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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    I think my favorite thing about the 1911, besides just the history, is how customized some are. I have been thinking about having laser engraving done or chrome plating and was wondering if anyone here had any awesome photos of their past or present 1911s with some cool work done.

    Also has anyone here looked into chrome plating the slide of their 1911? I am kind of interested in this but was wondering how they keep the chrome from the inside of the slide and if they don't how this doesnt mess with the operations of the pistol..
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I'm going to start by asking what 1911 you plan on "customizing"
    Trust me- it'll make a huge difference on the answers you get-
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Chrome "flakes" (like nickel)
     
  4. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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    dan, i read that chrome does, unless you do "hard chrome" I've heard its actually one of the most durable things you can have done.

    Also im looking to do this to my Taraus PT1911.. I know I know, its a Taraus and isn't worth it. Well its my first 1911 and is going to stay mine so I want to customize it.
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Taurus?
    Go for it :p
     
  6. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Its just IMO, but i dont think 1911s should be chromed. Stainless,yes but i think chrome makes them look cheap
     
  7. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Same here go for it, now a nice colt I would have to think twice before cutting on it, just to make sure it was really what I wanted to do.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    There are different styles of "chrome".

    But when someone sez "chrome" to me, I think of a '57 Chevy or a '68 Charger, not the "hard chrome".

    Hey, it's your gun, do what you want. But if you may decide later to sell, remember that some buyers may not like your mods.
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Well, it wud make a nice Bar-B-Que gun :)
     
  10. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Normal, bumper chrome? I'd agree.
    A nice hard chrome, done right? I'd have to disagree.
     

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  11. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Or if you get a stainless Taurus, you can always have the gun bead blasted for a more satin finish.

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  12. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i agree. a bead blasted stainless is dead sexy. here is my national match service rifle with bead blasted stainless barrel

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  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Laser engraving is the way to go. Find someone in your area, check out their work and go for it!

    If it's good, it ain't cheap.

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  14. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Is that the hard chrome? It looks different than the chrome i was thinking about.

    Looks good
     
  15. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Yeah, but we all don't have badass nicknames to brand our guns with though... :(
     
  16. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    You and I do. And considering mine is based off my issued SAW's serial... That'd be pretty cool.
     
  17. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    We do? :confused:
     
  18. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    You don't think it would be cool to engrave "Olympus" on a gun? The name of the mountain that was home to the Greek gods?
     
  19. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I agree, trip. Olympus is is one of the better names here. Winds-of-Change is pretty cool, too. JonM, on the other hand, is definitely a little vanilla. CHLChris is lame of all lameness and will never be engraved on any pistol of mine!
     
  20. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    What about MrWray? Thats just badass!!

    Hahahaha