Question on reparkerizing if installing a Beavertail...

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by trip286, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I have a SA Milspec. And, there are a couple of things I want to do to it. I really want a beavertail. I get quite a bit of wear on the web of my hand when I shoot.
    I also want a flat MSH (no biggie, that's a side note, we won't even address that).

    Now, my paycheck was good to me this week, and I'm thinking about doing the install myself. But, I'll have to file off some metal. I'm very confident in my capabilities in doing this part, but what about the finish?

    I'll obviously lose some in the area where I file. Can I reapply a Parkerizing in my kitchen, or do I really need a smith to do it?
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't do it in the kitchen if you are married and want to stay that way.

    Brownells has some parkerizing kits, but for the cost of the kit and the hassle, if you are only doing one gun it may be cheaper to have it re-parked by a local gunsmith. They usually do parkerizing in batches. So you could find out when he is doing a batch.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    IIRC, the Wilson Combat "drop-in" grip safety is truly a drop-in.

    I put one on my Defender and no mod was required to install.

    If you want to get a flat MSH look no further than S&A. They have the flat and one with a mag well.

    If you get a chance, call Alan Smith. He's a hoot! He and Barb are two of the friendliest, knowledgeable and customer focused business people I have ever run into!

    1-888-722-1911

    Tell him what gun you have and he or Barb will fix you up.

    Smith & Alexander - "The Mag-Guide People"

    And be sure you tell them you heard about them on the FirearmsTalk.com forum!
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Thanks!! There actually is a local gunsmith, just a couple miles from my place. But he blew himself up about a month ago and has been chilling in the hospital...

    The only other one I know of works at a local outdoors store, and he's an ass. I've tried to talk to him on several occasions, and he always has an attitude. I understand he's busy, especially since the other one has been hurt (who was infinitely more well liked by the community), but he could stop and understand too that I'm a potential customer. I guess he doesn't need my business. Which is fine, because he won't get it.

    I think I'll just wait on Mr. Mans to get out of the hospital and see if he'd like to get back in the swing of things with a little light work and just have him do the whole install. As long as he doesn't decide to try and pay off the hospital bill with that one beavertail install...

    By the way, the marriage should officially be over January 8th!!
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Even with going from a GI style to a beavertail?
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I just looked it up, thanks Cane!!!
    I compared a side by side, between it and the full fit, and there is a definite difference. It does appear, and the site claims, that it's a straight drop in fit!!

    That saves on the jig, new files (I've worn mine out), refinishing and waiting.

    Now to shop the MSH, I'll check out S&A. Thank you!!
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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  8. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Congrats Trip- Thats my birthday :D
     
  9. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Hoss, you still observe the ageing process with a birthday celebration? [​IMG]
     
  10. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Observe yes --- Celebrate - Not so much !!!
     
  11. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Okay, I've been looking at the Wilson drop in. It seems hit or miss. On some guns it fits perfect. On others, it looks like pure mismatched trash.

    And S&A doesn't make a serrated flat MSH as far as I can tell. I'll have to call Monday to find or for sure.

    I almost DEMAND serrated, to match my safety and slide stop.

    I will do a rat rod project one day, but not on this gun. I'm going to use all mismatched parts, make it ugly as hell, and call it the "Frankenleven". But, that's not THIS gun... :)

    Anyone have experience with Wilson's return policy? Because if it looks like trash, I don't want it. And ice looked at it on springer milspecs. It STILL seems to vary on individual guns of the same model.
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Check out Brownells return policy.