Who to do refinishing that may include re-engraving rollmarks?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Billhook, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Billhook

    Billhook New Member

    Oct 25, 2018
    I'm open to suggestions, but it appears, based on some of the research I've done, that Ford's is off the table since the principal died a few years back and folks are having some terrible experiences on high-end guns like Pythons (including a re-engraved Colt prancing horse that looked like "MyLittlePony"). I don't want to chance it.

    FWIW, this is a NOS Colt 70-series reproduction in stainless that needs some crappy factory polishing on the flats redone to crisp up the edges - all about what they can do with metal, not how nicely they can reblue. pony2a_zpsqudedlpl.jpg
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  2. Howe45acp

    Howe45acp Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2017
    Damn that must of been the first time that die was used!
    Looks like a Wooly Prancing Colt
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  3. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Check with David Clevinger, his engraving is top notch and he has redone the roll marks on many Colts, including doing work for other top gunsmiths. He has pictures of his work on his site and his Facebook page.
  4. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    What is his web site name?
  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Turnbull is one I know of. Not for the financial feint of heart though . . . .
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  6. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    If you want it done with perfection, Turnbull is the only choice
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  7. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
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  8. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
  9. Billhook

    Billhook New Member

    Oct 25, 2018
    I've heard that in addition to being expensive, he's also backlogged.

    I don't want to spend more than the $1000 I spent buying it to fix it.
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  10. Billhook

    Billhook New Member

    Oct 25, 2018
    I'm in process of contacting him now - I have seen more of his work searching about and he seems to be the guy I need. Thanks.
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  11. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    He can do any other work you want as well, he's very good. He did all the work on my flamed Wiley Clapp Commander.

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  12. Plasman

    Plasman Active Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 22, 2014
    I was thinking of letting my Clapper go but after looking at this I think I have new look ideas.
  13. j quan

    j quan Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    engraver bert edmondston went over a faded and uneven series 70 colt rollmark for me and it turned out perfect. could not tell it was redone! he's has a website and is on facebook.
  14. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
  15. willnewton

    willnewton New Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    That is not a mark made by a “roll marker”. It was made by an impact engraver. That is why it looks “furry”, it was made by punching the metal with a computer controlled, hardened point.
  16. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    However they did it, it looks horrible.
  17. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    I can't find anything like that on my Colt. It sure looks like a revolver cylinder latch.
  18. Billhook

    Billhook New Member

    Oct 25, 2018
    Re-read my original post about their work on Pythons belonging to others. MY gun is a 1911... I sold MY Python almost three years ago ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$). Not trying to be rude, but it should've been apparent that it was someone else's nightmare.

    Meanwhile, my camera shot craps so the photos Mr. Clevinger wants are going to have to wait a few more days.

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