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Back in June, I spied a brand new Colt Gold Cup at a LGS and, since I'd wanted one for years, I snagged it. The price was MSRP minus a discount for being a veteran. When I got it home and field stripped it; after a proper lube job, I started the reassembly process. When it came time to reinsert the slide stop, I couldn't get it to seat. In my efforts, I managed to scratch it ever so slightly. Mad at myself, I reasoned that, since I didn't like the finish anyway, I'd just get it reblued. After a bit of research, I found a gentleman about an hour from me and took it to him. It was inspected carefully and, after I showed him the scratch, he said, "That's nothing but, I'm with you. The finish is not too good." The price was set and he said, "I'll call you in three months or so."

Unfired & slightly scratched, it looked like this:
Air gun Trigger Gun barrel Wood Gun accessory

On every roll-mark, you could feel raised metal. That surprised the 'smith that Colt didn't do a bit more surface prep. He said he'd fix that without marring the depth of the roll-marks. He called the other day and said it was ready. Here are the results of his efforts:
Air gun Trigger Gun barrel Gun accessory Rectangle

The raised metal around the the roll marks is gone and the finish is now similar to Colt's Royal Blue. He did a fine job.

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Back in June, I spied a brand new Colt Gold Cup at a LGS and, since I'd wanted one for years, I snagged it. The price was MSRP minus a discount for being a veteran. When I got it home and field stripped it; after a proper lube job, I started the reassembly process. When it came time to reinsert the slide stop, I couldn't get it to seat. In my efforts, I managed to scratch it ever so slightly. Mad at myself, I reasoned that, since I didn't like the finish anyway, I'd just get it reblued. After a bit of research, I found a gentleman about an hour from me and took it to him. It was inspected carefully and, after I showed him the scratch, he said, "That's nothing but, I'm with you. The finish is not too good." The price was set and he said, "I'll call you in three months or so."

Unfired & slightly scratched, it looked like this:
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On every roll-mark, you could feel raised metal. That surprised the 'smith that Colt didn't do a bit more surface prep. He said he'd fix that without marring the depth of the roll-marks. He called the other day and said it was ready. Here are the results of his efforts:
View attachment 651255
The raised metal around the the roll marks is gone and the finish is now similar to Colt's Royal Blue. He did a fine job.

Mike
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At some point most of us cause a "stupid scratch." If you field-strip and then reassemble your 1911s enough, you'll probably get one. Saying that, the internet warriors will chime in and say that only an idiot causes a stupid scratch and that they've never, and will never cause one. Well, bully for them. If you've got a tight and strong plunger tube protrusion, it's tough not to cause a small one. Don't beat yourself up if you do it again. Just be as careful as you can.
 

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At some point most of us cause a "stupid scratch." If you field-strip and then reassemble your 1911s enough, you'll probably get one. Saying that, the internet warriors will chime in and say that only an idiot causes a stupid scratch and that they've never, and will never cause one. Well, bully for them. If you've got a tight and strong plunger tube protrusion, it's tough not to cause a small one. Don't beat yourself up if you do it again. Just be as careful as you can.
When I told a good friend what I'd done, he said, "You idiot." He bought my lunch, though, so we're good!

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Flat surface polishing like that took at least an hour. So add what you paid to have it polished and blued to the MSRP to see what it MSRP would be with that finish from the factory.
 

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Flat surface polishing like that took at least an hour. So add what you paid to have it polished and blued to the MSRP to see what it MSRP would be with that finish from the factory.
Well, I went to their Custom Shop options and saw this:

Royal blue - $675.00
National Match blue - $525.00
Standard blue - $425.00

I suspect my Gold Cup had the standard finish. If I use the price I paid for the pistol and added the standard finish, the Custom Shop 1911 would be right much more that what I have in it.

Mike
 
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