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Old 11-05-2012, 16:45   #1
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A Maritime 1911

I do a fair amount of work around water, not to mention on a boat, and as I've decided to transition over to a 1911 as my EDC, I'm starting to think about how to make one fit for that kind of environment. The desert and the sea are said to be two environments the 1911 doesn't handle well. Don't plan on going to the desert anytime soon, but I'd like to solve the sea problem.

I'm not going to abuse my Baer more than I already have, so I'll need something new to start with. I'm thinking I'd like something with a rail, and a Government-sized frame. Mostly going between the Rail Gun and one of Springfield's many iterations of the Operator, and honestly leaning towards the Rail Gun, just 'cause, you know, America.

Here's the real question, though: I'm assuming I'll need to get it refinished. What am I looking for? The HE coating on my HK P30 has handled salt water like a champ, but I doubt HK'd be willing to perform that process on somebody else's gun.

Any particular reliability smithing I should get done?
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Old 11-05-2012, 16:54   #2
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Walter Birdsong Black-T www.black-t.com/index.htm
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Old 11-05-2012, 17:11   #3
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NP3+ It's THE maritime finish.

My Baer TRS has been finished in that and I like it a lot.

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:28   #4
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NP3+ It's THE maritime finish.
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Old 11-05-2012, 17:08   #5
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An all stainless gun would solve most of your problem.
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Old 11-05-2012, 17:12   #6
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Stainless will do it.
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Old 11-05-2012, 17:56   #7
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I'm not much for stainless 1911s, but that's probably the way I'd go in your situation.
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Old 11-05-2012, 18:15   #8
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
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Old 11-05-2012, 18:20   #9
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
Yep,..........
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Old 11-05-2012, 21:23   #10
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
Very true
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Old 11-05-2012, 23:03   #11
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
I agree. Stainless will rust. Just keep whichever gun you use well oiled and just go through her regularly.
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Old 11-05-2012, 23:20   #12
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
Exactly. Quick fast in a hurry.

Around water you'll need a GOOD finish of some sort. Take your pick, there's a ton of good ones.
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
So's everything short of titanium.

At least stainless steel doesn't depend on a coating to have corrosion resistance.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:28   #14
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:57   #15
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When I lived in South Florida on the water, I had a stainless Ed Brown Kobra Black-T'd. I figured that stainless+Black-T was at least doing my part to prevent rust.
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Old 11-20-2012, 21:47   #16
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Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
I agree, it is definitely not what I would want. Go with Cerakote, Birdsong T, or NP3. Any of those will hold up quite well.
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I carried a 1911 during my shipboard time in the Navy as a rover. No special coatings, paints or anything...just kept it oiled. No rust in 5 years on any of the 1911's that were in the regular watch rotations. My personal experience is that the extra stuff is not really needed.
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Old 11-05-2012, 18:29   #18
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I carried a 1911 during my shipboard time in the Navy as a rover. No special coatings, paints or anything...just kept it oiled. No rust in 5 years on any of the 1911's that were in the regular watch rotations. My personal experience is that the extra stuff is not really needed.
Agreed. Maintenance is the key for sure. Keeping a maritime gun wet (rimshot), is the best way to keep it in top shape.
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Old 11-05-2012, 18:22   #19
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Get a stainless gun get it bead blasted and cerakote.....no rust.. or hard hat....

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Old 11-05-2012, 21:41   #20
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Cerakote over stainless.
And use of a lanyard loop!!!!!!
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