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Finally had my colt sent back to me, had to wait a while due to other circumstances (it was done October last year) but I know have it and lord Wilson did a way better job than I was expecting and went way more in depth than I feel I paid for. More detail to follow later and I have to actually go out and shoot it but for now just handling it is so pleasing, I am absolutely hooked on this whole bluing of guns thing now. It's so nice looking I just stared at it for a few hours honestly.....



















 

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A Wilsonized blued Colt with a comp.

Now theres something you dont see everyday...

You had me at blued, congrats..;)
 

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Very cool. Looking forward to the details and your range report.
 

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NOW you understand us blued gun guys! :):):)
 

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Congrats looks awesome...Blues are mesmerizing. PS, if you intend to get into blued for a while get at least one gun in Turnbull-blue, no blued gun collection is complete without one :). (I have 3 of them if you want to see pics).

Where did the comped barrel come from?
 

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A disappearing art, bluing.
I've been trying to find someone locally to blue a gun, not wanting to add $100 shipping to the price of the work, and finally found someone, about two hours away.
Seemed like bluing was a bread-and-butter of every gunsmith, in the past.
 

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I love blue guns too. Agree with CA about Turnbull blue. And we haven't agreed much lately. Great photos, but I'd like to see a shot pulled back a bit with a side profile. Looking forward to the write-up too.
 

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A disappearing art, bluing.
I've been trying to find someone locally to blue a gun, not wanting to add $100 shipping to the price of the work, and finally found someone, about two hours away.
Seemed like bluing was a bread-and-butter of every gunsmith, in the past.
Yup, I used to know several gunsmiths in the Seattle area who did bluing. That was 25 years ago. Now I don't know any. To be honest I don't even know any local gunsmiths who actually do GUNSMITHING anymore as opposed to just assembling AR-15s for customers.
 

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Congrats looks awesome...Blues are mesmerizing. PS, if you intend to get into blued for a while get at least one gun in Turnbull-blue, no blued gun collection is complete without one 🙂. (I have 3 of them if you want to see pics).

Where did the comped barrel come from?
Yours truly sourced it for $200 used and poorly installed it, I asked Wilson to fix my work since I know for a fact the link/stop area was wrong. It's a Clark .460 Rowland barrel and comp, works extremely well and with .45 it's less recoil than.....well anything really. Problem is ejection is like 1-2 inches at most
 

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The thing that killed bluing was EPA rules.

A disappearing art, bluing.
I've been trying to find someone locally to blue a gun, not wanting to add $100 shipping to the price of the work, and finally found someone, about two hours away.
Seemed like bluing was a bread-and-butter of every gunsmith, in the past.
Rules for the disposal of the chemicals used in the process are pretty onerous, as they should be. I knew a guy years ago that blued guns and it was disgraceful, the method by which he disposed of his used chemicals.
 

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I love blue guns too. Agree with CA about Turnbull blue. And we haven't agreed much lately. Great photos, but I'd like to see a shot pulled back a bit with a side profile. Looking forward to the write-up too.
I have a few for you, I need to retake all my usual shots/angles to review it but here are some full shots of the gun for you to show the profile better. I think it looks classy and pairs well with my supergrade but my tastes are still unrefined lol
 

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Congrats looks awesome...Blues are mesmerizing. PS, if you intend to get into blued for a while get at least one gun in Turnbull-blue, no blued gun collection is complete without one :). (I have 3 of them if you want to see pics).

Where did the comped barrel come from?
I am going to have too, it's crazy how fun to handle this gun has become. Kinda weird actually since it's not my "best" gun but lord it just looks SO good I love handling it even though I am scared of messing the new finish up :biglaugh:
 

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Here are some full profile shots as requested and the guns companion knife, it's a parked blade so not quite the same but I liked it and thought they would go well together.....















I should probably also mention some more about the gun and the work Wilson did, some of you may already know about both counts since a good bit of people here have actually fired this gun before.

The gun is my first Colt 1911, and my first blue 1911, first real government model (no rail or weird stuff) and my first S80 gun. Originally .45 acp, grips are from my dad colt gold cup that he no longer owns. I thought they would be fitting for the style of build and overall look but let me know if thy are stupid. I have 4 other options I could use in their place lol

The gun was reviewed when stock in one of my range reviews, it was okay. I'll leave it at that but you can go read more if you would want to.

I dropped the gun off at Wilson last bash sporting the .460 Rowland barrel that I hacked into the gun to fit (SO much had to be removed from the hood of the barrel to fit the breech face) with my low skill level with 1911s and all. I asked the gun be special high grit polished and in house blued as per Rogers suggestion after handling a few of his guns and quite liking the looks. I also requested a gold bead front, low mount adjustable rear, true GI safety, flat pre-A1 mainspring housing, and to correct anything I messed up when jamming the barrel in there. Bill was $1075 and I was not charged for correcting the barrel according to the invoice.

I ended up getting a hell of finished product and I'm 99% certain I got extras done I didn't ask for or that Wilson is just so ungodly over the top when you ask for a full refinish that it just seems that way. Also the gun is far far more accurate than when I sent it off both in my hands and according to the test target (yet another thing I didn't ask for nor was charged for)

The finish is outstanding, like really I tried to find something wrong but failed. It's so nice I am actually hesitant to take the gun apart, I've never had that feeling with any of my others. Even on my SG I was not this nervous taking it apart, probably since the frame is hard chrome......but anyway point is this thing is beyond what I was expecting.

The freaking bushing that you will never see unless the slide is locked back is perfectly polished and chamfered and looks awesome even though it is covered by the comp 99.8% of the time. I love that type of attention, speaking of the comp itself is blended into the slide now and also has chamfers on its end and is again polished and perfect and I feel bad firing the gun since the muzzle is so so perfect and deep looking. That's the one thing that really really stood out to me since it's not even one of their parts yet it was done with the same attention and they properly reassembled it and also made sure the guide rod was also done and polished perfectly. No extra charge! Most guns don't even have that part at all and they just did it and matched it so perfectly you would never know the gun didn't come that way stock. Even the grip screws were polished and blued to match.....just outstanding. The rest of the gun has been so perfectly de-burred and chamfered it looks and feels just like a factory Wilson 1911, totally beyond expectations.

The thing that is really "bothering" me is that it seems to me that my gun had extra stuff done for free that I didn't ask for, I swear the slide to frame fit is tighter and smoother now. Not Wilson grade but it nowhere near as loose and doesn't rattle at all anymore and has that "glide" feeling. The tigger is also 1.5lb lighter and there is no creep anymore and I can't feel the S80 system anymore somehow? It may just all be in my head........the beaver tail is for certain blended, adjusted, and centered now though, same story with the entire rear of the slide. It's blended now! The extractor is also set perfectly and works unlike how I received it from colt, my barrel is now correctly I believe and feels way better than when I attempted it. Again I may be crazy but these things all seem to have been done free of charge and without me asking, I'm blown away yet again. Wilson is just killing it for me on my last everything really lol! They don't just nail it they go beyond every time, huge thanks to everyone there!
 

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^^^Yeah Striker, But do you like it???...:biglaugh:
Nothing better than getting over delivered on a product or service.
Cudos to WC.

Again, welcome to the “blued club”
 

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Brad was 100% correct Striker, the close ups didn't give your gun its full due. The full shots of the gun have now changed my opinion from "awesome" to "super-awesome" :rock:.That is going to be some shooter!.

Brad now we have 2 things we agree to in a row, there is hope to get our friendship back on track, I do feel uncomfortable that it got derailed over some of the political issues discussion (no one's fault, just an internet thing), so looking forward to better interactions.:rock:
 

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I dropped the gun off at Wilson last bash sporting the .460 Rowland barrel that I hacked into the gun to fit (SO much had to be removed from the hood of the barrel to fit the breech face) with my low skill level with 1911s and all. I asked the gun be special high grit polished and in house blued as per Rogers suggestion after handling a few of his guns and quite liking the looks. I also requested a gold bead front, low mount adjustable rear, true GI safety, flat pre-A1 mainspring housing, and to correct anything I messed up when jamming the barrel in there. Bill was $1075 and I was not charged for correcting the barrel according to the invoice.

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I'm glad to have been a part of helping you understand the addiction of blued guns! :biglaugh:

As for all the work they did on it, as you are realizing - they take a lot of pride in their work and their craftsmanship, and attention to detail is one part of that. The new test target is not surprising since the did barrel fitting work; I'm pretty sure anytime they do that kind of work (barrel fitting) it will get a through test-fire protocol along with new test target. Welcome to the Wilson club!

Oh, and I agree with others above - no collection is complete without a 1911 in Turnbull Charcoal Blue, it is mesmerizing in its own way!

And I will say that, in my personal experience, a well done blue is not as fragile as some seem to think. Shoot the snot out of it, and if the bluing ever gets worn to a place where you think it needs refreshing, it can be refreshed pretty nice. You may find that a blued 1911 with holster wear is nicer looking than a pristine one, but that sometimes takes a few decades to develop that perspective of seeing the story the gun is telling through that wear! Enjoy that refurbished Colt, and shoot the crud out of it!
 
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