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Old 09-01-2010, 10:23   #1
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How is a slide/frame "melted"

Is this a procedure that is done by hand or by machine, or both ? Just wondering if this is something that, with the correct tools, someone could take on them self. Didn't know where to ask this... thank you
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:47   #2
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It can be done with hand tools, although most 'smiths that I know use a buffing/fine grinding wheel. The tricky part is softening the edges without loosing all the contour & shape - a good melt job is felt more that seen once the gun has been refinished. You really want to avoid turning the slide or frame into a generic metal blob that looks like you left it out in the sun too long and let it, well, melt!
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Old 09-02-2010, 20:12   #3
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are there any books or videos on the subject? also with a stainless frame, what would be done after, anything? as far as refinishing goes
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I don't know of any book, etc. specifically on doing melt jobs, but I'd think a book on building 1911's might cover that topic. As for finish, you have a bunch of options with stainless. First, it does not need a true finish/coating at all, the bare stainless can be polished, brushed or bead blasted. You can also plate it with common firearm platings (nickel, etc), have it chemically blackened or have it coated with any of the usual coatings (polymax, duracoat, roguard, etc).
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Old 09-05-2010, 19:51   #5
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Robar, while we're sort of on the subject, where can I send my Kahr t9 to get "golf ball checkering " ?
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Not sure on that one, thats not something we really deal with.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:36   #8
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While there are different ways to accomplish "dehorning", here's an article on one approach.

http://blindhogg.com/gunsmith/dehorning.html

As to having "golf-ball" texturing machined into a pistol, try Chuck Rogers.

http://rogersprecision.com/

Chuck isn't accepting any new work (as in full builds) right now, but he sometimes takes on smaller jobs. Give him a call.

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