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  1. General 1911 talk
    For many years I had used Texas Armament to parkerize both handguns and longarms. They always were reasonable in price and turnaround. They apparently are out of business. Any suggestions ? Yes, I have all sorts of other finishes on guns, but sometimes a decent parkerize hides a lot of wear...
  2. General 1911 talk
    I recently acquired a Colt pistol with a black nitride finish on stainless steel 'everything' but the barrel & was told Richter Precision did the job for Colt. I am super impressed by it, to me it could be the best finish for wear and looks good too. Probably, IMHO the best wearing for hard use...
  3. General 1911 talk
    Anybody had first hand experience with Cummings Custom Refinishing’s “Dusk” finish? It is a darkened cera-plate nickel . I’m trying to decide between that and their cera-hide. I am very familiar with their cera-hide, I have several done in that and it’s great. I was just thinking of something a...
  4. General 1911 talk
    It looks cool, but how many rounds does that coating stay on? And what's the most durable finish to put on a barrel? DLC? Any pics from a pistol with high round count?
  5. 1911 Gear
    While I do love my VMII I never miss a chance to waste money on new gear.... And so - new gun on the way, new holsters time. Want to be getting both a 4 O'Clock IWB and AIWB. I've looked at the Stealthgear website although never had the chance to examine these in person. They certainly LOOK...
  6. General 1911 talk
    Just as a point of curiosity, what finishes can be applied to a stainless 1911? Are they durable and good looking in a traditional sort of way? dave
  7. General 1911 talk
    I'm getting ready to order a new 2020 DW Specialist, and I really like the look of the stainless model. However, I keep wondering if I'm making a mistake by not doing the duty coat. This wouldn't be a hard use or carry pistol, but I always like my weapons to be able to perform in that capacity...
  8. General 1911 talk
    Hey addicts, In your opinion what's the best finish for a re-finish job on a WC with armor tuff. I was reading about about IonBond coatings at Evolution Armory and the colors they offer. To tell the truth, I'm a Super Dummy when it comes to gun finishes. The only thing I know about finishes is...
  9. General 1911 talk
    Yesterday, I handled a Dan Wesson for the first time; surprise, surprise! I am impressed. I will order one. Two questions: Do you know if I can order one with an ambidextrous safety; I am a southpaw. What is your preference for finish on their all steel pistols and why?
  10. General Firearm Discussion
    Does anyone have any links that talk about various firearm finishes. I am particularly interested in the old finishes. Slow rust blue vs. hot blue, etc. Trying to figure out the pros and cons for use on a pair of special New Ruger Vaqueros. It is amazing how little in depth information is out...
  11. Wilson Combat
    Does every get Armor Tuff or does anyone ever get parkerized, is parkerized still an option ? I just ordered a Ultra Carry Sentinel in black Armor Tuff
  12. Beginner's Corner
    I need your guys help in finding a protective durable finish for my Les Baer. I love the blued finish but I had the front strap checkered And only had it lightly blued where it was checkered as I planned on having it refinished. I want to stay with a blued/black finish is the only requirement...
  13. General 1911 talk
    I am still wondering why, with so MANY types and colors of finishes available, the BIG semi custom makers do not go a bit further on their sites and have more galleries and explaination of ALL of the finishes and colors they offer example. on e of our members has one of the most beautiful...
  14. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I will be ordering a new Guncrafter 1911 No Name, long slide 10 mm from CJ before the elections!!! Finish, I gather that IonBond and Melonite are tough as nails but not with a lot of eye appeal. I am thinking of going with the Turnbull Charcoal blue in high polish where appropriate or even a...
  15. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Melonite and Ionbond. What are the differences? Pros and cons? Help an uneducated heathen out here! Making decisions on a 6" 10mm, Guncrafter No Name. For me this is big bucks and I want to do it right! :)
  16. General 1911 talk
    So currently I have a Dan Wesson Guardian in .45. I've kept the gun flawless, no idiot scratch (I made a lexan guard to place over the frame while putting the pin back in just to be safe lol). I'm debating on selling it and upgrading to a Les Baer or Nighthawk. My question is I love the T...
  17. 1911 Gunsmithing
    Does anyone know who does a good job applying Ion bond?
  18. General 1911 talk
    I'm in the market for a higher end 1911 and lm leaning towards Ed Brown. I am definitely getting a bobtail version and it will be a carry gun. The question I have is about the finishes. I guess the options range from stainless, gen 3, and gen 4. Being from South Carolina it is humid and...
  19. 1911 Gunsmithing
    I decided to show off some examples of different finishes that are on a few of my pistols. I am attaching a bunch of pics of some of my favorite 1911's and Revos... The pics are of the following different finishes!: -Bunker Make Over: Mirror polish DLC (in light and no light) -Bunker 007...
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