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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.

Mike
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Just wait 'til you scratch it again... ;)

Okay that was mean. :sneaky: Seriously, it looks great and you're quite fortunate to still have an actual gunsmith near you who can do a great job refinishing firearms. Most gunsmiths nowadays won't even handle a refinish job unless it's a basic beadblast of stainless or a shake n' bake coating. And that's the ones aren't simply idiots who only know how to snap together a Glock or AR.
 
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I've posted this before, but here is the info again... There is a company that makes a small, thin piece of plastic that sits over the frame that prevents idiot scratches. The site is "idiotscratch.com" and the device is very inexpensive. As someone said earlier, if you strip and clean your 1911s often enough you are bound to scratch one or two guns.

This device does work, so take a look at the site. Good luck...
I have several of this preventative cover and find they are easy to use and they last.
 

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Just wait 'til you scratch it again... ;)

Okay that was mean. :sneaky: Seriously, it looks great and you're quite fortunate to still have an actual gunsmith near you who can do a great job refinishing firearms. Most gunsmiths nowadays won't even handle a refinish job unless it's a basic beadblast of stainless or a shake n' bake coating. And that's the ones aren't simply idiots who only know how to snap together a Glock or AR.
Yes, that was mean but apropos!:) I do stuff like that, as you know!

You're correct about the competent 'smiths these days. My initial visit to the gunsmith just prior to getting that Gold Cup refinished, I was concerned about the surface preparation "eating" into the roll marks too deeply. The 'smith said, "Don't be concerned. We can fix that." We have a few "shake 'n bake" guys around here, too. One worked for 22 years in the Marine Corps and was an armorer after his infantry days were over. He saw my Gold Cup and asked if I'd introduce him to the 'smith. I made the appropriate call and got 'em together yesterday. By the way, that old-but younger-than-me gunny told me on the ride yesterday that he rarely talked to Army pukes but, since I'd served in combat, he'd make an exception. He went on to say he wouldn't loan me money, though. Gun shop humor.

Mike
 
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