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    Picked up where I left off on a project I started quite some time ago. Got out there last night and worked on it until 2 a.m. Progress was made, but many hours to go still. I might do it again tonight, in hope of at least finishing the frame.20200406_010556.jpg
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    Shinin like a baby's heinie............................................ .........

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    Wow a lot of hours for sure. Did you strip the finish off first or just polish it all off? Lot of work there.
    Definitely gonna be BBQ gun worthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    Shinin like a baby's heinie............................................ .........
    Lol! Sheís getting there!

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    Looking forward to seeing the finished project!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bawanna View Post
    Wow a lot of hours for sure. Did you strip the finish off first or just polish it all off? Lot of work there.
    Definitely gonna be BBQ gun worthy.
    Thank you and yes sir! Many hours!!!
    Iíve been first sanding, then polishing what remains. I had once posted up about this one when I got started, because of the durability of the factory finish. It is absolutely ridiculous how I can sand, sand, sand in one spot and that finish isnít phased. Whatever they used back when they made it...Iíve yet to see such a durable finish. Weird thing is, when you get past the black finish, the base is a golden brown. The golden brown stuff is what Iím having such a hard time with. Almost like itís a part of the metal, but tougher than the metal itself. The polishing part is a piece of cake once I get past that golden brown layer.

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    More progress...
    Did a pre-completion assembly for a teaser shot to keep myself motivated.

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    The msh bottom seems to almost disappear!

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    Some of the parts doing some quiet reflecting...

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    Stuff like this is what takes forever. Beavertail/grip safety has all kinds of burs, metal boogers, chatter marks, etc. Msh was not much better. Stoning, filing and sanding is the tedious stuff. The polishing goes somewhat easy.

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    Now for that beer that I put into the freezer 15 mins ago....

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    It's getting there...you can see the effort being put into it. Enjoy that beer!

    BTW, what type of finish was on that?

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    Thanks! That beer was incredibly refreshing as it was to the point it would have frozen if left in there any longer
    I donít know much about finishes. The whole thing, less the slide stop and trigger were a black finish. On the slide, Iím sanding through black (very powdery, uses up a lot of sandpaper quick) and next into the metal. On the frame, after the black (easy) thereís some sort of super protective, hard as nails undercoat Iíve had to fight through to get to the metal. Since the frame is alloy, it has polished up fairly easy, once that undercoat is removed. My guess would be powder coating on the exterior layer of the frame and slide?
    This gun pre-dates the Range Officer, having an officer sized grip with a Commander slide. I have not seen a lot of them. Good post about it here: https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=216223

    Maybe powder coating was their thing back then? I wish I had taken some pics before I started tackling it!

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    This was back when I first started in on it, then cleaned it up and put it back together for a range trip. I was already frustrated by the toughness of the finish. I think it has been a year or more since I started on it, put off because I knew it was going to be a lesson in patience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BirdsThaWord View Post
    Thanks! That beer was incredibly refreshing as it was to the point it would have frozen if left in there any longer
    I donít know much about finishes. The whole thing, less the slide stop and trigger were a black finish. On the slide, Iím sanding through black (very powdery, uses up a lot of sandpaper quick) and next into the metal. On the frame, after the black (easy) thereís some sort of super protective, hard as nails undercoat Iíve had to fight through to get to the metal. Since the frame is alloy, it has polished up fairly easy, once that undercoat is removed. My guess would be powder coating on the exterior layer of the frame and slide?
    This gun pre-dates the Range Officer, having an officer sized grip with a Commander slide. I have not seen a lot of them. Maybe powder coating was their thing back then?
    I'm guessing that "hard as nails" undercoat was where the alloy frame was anodized.

    Colt named that combination of a Commander size slide on an Officers frame the Concealed Carry Officers. These days it seems most folks just call them CCO. Ayboob wrote an article about them some years back: https://dailycaller.com/2013/09/23/m...s-niche-mates/

    I think it's a nice combination. I was fortunate to win an inexpensive auction for a Commander (minus the frame) that I've used to convert my Officers/compact 1911 into a CCO.


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