Popped my 1911 cherry

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by kodiak1973, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. kodiak1973

    kodiak1973 New Member

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    Ok. So now I'm the proud owner of a 1911. I just picked up my Kimber Ultra Carry II. Now, I need need a little help from the "old hats."

    On my first attempt to break it down, I managed to give it a couple of idiot scratches (also known as newbie scratches). If anyone knows a way to touch these up, I would greatly appreciate it. I don't want to be "that guy" at the range when I pull it out for the first time.

    Thanks!
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Probably the Crescent of Shame. Here's the rub, live with it, or send it back for re-finish.

    It even happens to WWII heroes!

    [​IMG]

    PS The upside; This Kimber will be the last 1911 you scratch!
     
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  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Unless it's going to be an unfired safe queen, don't sweat it. Shoot it and enjoy it.
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Yep. Just about everyone does it the first time or two. That damn Slide Release gets everyone. :eek:

    Get the weapon refinished or send to someplace like Robar where you can get the entire weapon recoated.

    JD
     
  5. BCOWANWHEELS

    BCOWANWHEELS New Member

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    I,LL SAY ONE THING YOU STARTED with the best there is......
     
  6. kodiak1973

    kodiak1973 New Member

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    Thanks guys. This is going to be a carry gun, so I guess I'm not going to worry about it right now. I'll wait til it accumulates a few more love marks then get a Robar finish on it.

    Thanks for now making me feel like an idiot btw. I'll post some pics and a range report as soon as I get to the range!
     
  7. BCOWANWHEELS

    BCOWANWHEELS New Member

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    dont forget a set of ear plugs when going to the range.....
     
  8. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    Yeah, mine was about 360 degrees around on my first 1911, a Taurus. Depending on the depth of the scratch, some say that jeweler's rouge and elbow grease can make a difference.
     
  9. BCOWANWHEELS

    BCOWANWHEELS New Member

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    nope its there till you refinish it
     
  10. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Congrats on the new Kimber!! Hope you like yours as much as I like mine.
    Looking forward to the pics and RangeReport.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    THAT's the attitude!! Take that sumbeeyotch out and have fun with it. My carry gun is rusted in a couple places because the damned thing is swapping sweat with Big Jim & The Twins pretty much any time I'd dressed. If I ever have to use it for a photo shoot, something has gone terribly wrong.
     
  12. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Kimbers are good, no doubt about it. But I definitely wouldn't go as far as to say they're the best.

    -Fred
     
  13. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i only have one gun i care about love marks on. its my winchester super express in .458 win mag. its got a deep blued finish. im super careful with that rifle. all my other weapons so far are parkerized or have some sort of tough finish and are meant for rough use. they all have marks of use and they all look like they have been well loved and used.
     
  14. rdm531

    rdm531 New Member

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    cherry popper for sure

    took my sa ultra compact to local gunsmith to have ambi saftey installed, he had my gun for 14 weeks, said he had to have special tool to put back spring in, and it would not take the ambi saftey. 6 weeks later still no gun, told me he took it to another gunsmith at well known retailer. 3 more weeks went by no gun, finaly i said if it cant be fixed bring it home i would give it a good burial at home, 2 weeks later got my gun in my hands almost cried it had punch marks and grooves all around the saftey an slide release. to make a long story short. picked up the proper ambi saftey at gun show installed myself no problems no special tools no new ugly marks. be carefull as to who works on your stuff. this guy had to be high an blind to do what he did
     
  15. Jusselin

    Jusselin New Member

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    and how did that work out for you? did he fix the situation
     
  16. rdm531

    rdm531 New Member

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    cherry popper for sure

    not to good,he said it was the other guy, the other guy said he never saw the gun, so what to do, had to do the ambi mod myself, all i heard was praise for the man from alot of people even local law officers, untill i took mine to him(by the way i bought the gun from him used less than50 rds fired) then it was oh s--t you did it now , as i say what to do, my own work, the gun is stainless what finish would stay on iy and hide some ugly???