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I have a 4 year old Custom Classic which has never been holstered and has had, maybe, 500-600 rounds through it at the range. The black oxide finish (what you are calling blued/parkerized) is pretty cheezy and is wearing just from contact with my hand. On the front strap you can clearly see where my fingers cross when I'm gripping the pistol because of the thinning finish. This finish is an embarassment to an otherwise classy product.

Thankfully, its been a wonderful pistol otherwise. It was shooting this pistol for the first time in a year or so that brought me back from the dark side (a Glock ;-) to the 1911 I never should have left in the first place. I'm *so* much more accurate with this pistol than I ever was with the Glock.

As soon as I get the time, and get my sandblasting cabinet set back up again, the Custom Classic is going to get a nice new coating of Norell's Moly Resin finish which should be much more durable than the Kimber finish it came with.
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