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A Maritime 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Tophatter, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Tophatter

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    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?
     

  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    An all stainless gun would solve most of your problem.
     
  3. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    NP3+ :thumbsup: It's THE maritime finish.

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

    [​IMG]
     
  4. bac1023

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    I'm not much for stainless 1911s, but that's probably the way I'd go in your situation.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Stainless can and will rust. Especially around salt water.
     
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Yep,..........
     
  8. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    Get a stainless gun get it bead blasted and cerakote.....no rust.. or hard hat....

    posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Agreed. Maintenance is the key for sure. Keeping a maritime gun wet (rimshot), is the best way to keep it in top shape. :cool:
     
  10. bac1023

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    Very true
     
  11. pistolwrench

    pistolwrench Dremel jockey

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    Cerakote over stainless.
    And use of a lanyard loop!!!!!!
     
  12. mleroux21

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    I agree. Stainless will rust. Just keep whichever gun you use well oiled and just go through her regularly.
     
  13. MD357

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    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.
     
  14. ArmoryDoc

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  15. Shark1007

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    For what it's worth, I kept an old 1911 essex frame, gov't slide parkerized model on a boat in the Bahamas for years and years. It sat in one of those cheapo foam filled plastic cases locked up, but in salt air. Never an issue of rust with an occasional oiling.

    What about an SR1911 and lube her up with froglube?
     
  16. Tophatter

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    No rail, unless I'm mistaken. I have heard good things about that SR1911, though.
     
  17. 38 Super Fan

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    :agree:
     
  18. bac1023

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