So I got my new Colt 1911 9mm Combat Elite Defender 3”. Can someone tell me if these marks on the barrel seem like normal lathe or machining marks on a brand new weapon from Colt? I put 100 rounds through it this weekend and it performed amazingly. Only 1 double feed.
Thanks for your comment. I thought maybe I was just being anal. It sure didn't affect performance and if your not examining it you really don't notice it. I'm really happy with the weapon and I don't want to send it to Colt if I'm just going to get another barrel with the same type blemishes.
The breaking in scratches are normal. The only ones that bight be a problem are the ones in front of the R & M on the hood. Looks like "chatter" marking. If it is shooting good probably OK. Normal wear marks. Let the resident experts chime in. There are few here that are more qualified to comment than myself.
I'd be shocked if Colt fires a weapon more than once, if that. I always like to lube the barrel hood and business end lightly. I don't know if it would have mattered. I'd get 500 rounds through her, so she's fully broken in, and take a look at the progress since you have pictures.
If I had to guess, my guess would be it's nothing to be concerned about
I think i'll try cleaning it up with some NeverDull. I'm a bit anal about cosmetics. I'd hate to think Budsgunshop switched it for a used barrel before shipping but it has crossed my mind. but then I think the marks would be running laterally on the barrel instead of perpendicular like from a lathe.
I'd just oil it up and shoot 500 - 1000 rounds before I did anything that would give them a reason to void any future warranty claim. Then if it still bothers you go ahead and try the polish. A Scoth-brite deburring wheel would make quick work of blending the finish. Steer clear of the locking lugs and edges so you don't soften them.
Welcome aboard Stew
I would guess that many other addicts have marks on their 1911s
it happens. However if it runs & runs well,we give it more lube &
run it for the fun of it. So fear not, we all have marks that only
idiots could make & then we have to clean them after we
Alas being a 1911 Addict is a very hard job, but I love it!
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