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All this talk of Melonite/Ion Bond...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by asiparks, Aug 14, 2011.


  1. asiparks

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    Lots of talk about the different finishes, I originally posted this over on TOS,
    remember this is but a sample of one. your results might vary.....

    '06 CBOB in melonite, 18,000 rounds through it, daily carry for nearly 4 years.....

    Heinie 3D sights (poorly) added, EB checkered MS housing and Ambi safety, EGW bushing and spring plug, Harrison grips.

    Melonite, flush cut SS pin,barrel recrown and general tidying by Drake's Gunworks.

    I did a post on this some time ago, but i lost the pics, so I retook them today.
    The pistol started out as a nicely even, matte , very dark, almost black, grey. As you can see, in the 4 years since it was melonited, it's taken on a kind of brushed sheen. It looks almost like a brushed blue, not unattractive.
    There's an unevenness becoming visible in the left side of the slide, that's the side that rests against my body. As with most salt nitrocarburizing processes such as melonite, Tenifer, E treat, Isonite etc, the "blackness" comes form an application of black oxide or parkerizing after the melonite process. This coloring can wear or fade, although the underlying melonite is still doing it's thing. At some point I will look into re blacking the gun, but for now I rather like it. As you can see, aside from a slight burnishing of the rails and the firing pin tunnel, there's no real wear to speak of.
    the rear sight is a lesson in why you shouldn't try to fit a sight when you're bored.....

    new:

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    after meloniting back in 07:

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    and today : note "waviness on slide, coat of black oxide should smooth it out.

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    rail wear: just a burnishing in a couple of spots...

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  2. asiparks

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    lug wear:

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    Plug has resisted scratching from multiple ham fisted disassemblies


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    if there's anything else someone would like a pic of let me know.....
     

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  3. dp509

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    It looks great and has held up well.

    What did it cost back then ?

    What was the turn around time?

    Who did the work ?

    Great Gun :supergrin:
     
  4. asiparks

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    Thankyou, it cost $189 and it was done by Drake of Drake's Gun works.
     
  5. bac1023

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    Looks very nice :)
     
  6. Quack

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    too bad Drake doesn't do melonite unless he does work on the gun now.
     
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    After 4 years of daily carry, it's held up well. Your pistol looks great with the melonite treatment.
     
  8. asiparks

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    Drake didn't do it in house.
     
  9. Quack

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    I know, but he used to take guns in to get done without any other work.
     
  10. awpk03s

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    asiparks - I love that CBOB... never get tired of seeing pictures of that!
     
  11. 98_1LE

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    Wow that has held up incredibly well.
     
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    that thing looks sweet! Nice write up. Thanks.
     
  13. Nakanokalronin

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    Looking pretty good to me!

    I've thought about giving some guns the melonite treatment. Anyone know who currently does it with the best turn around time?
     
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    Dave Berryhill does it... don't know about turn around time, but I wouldn't hesitate about sending any gun to Berryhill.
     
  15. TexasPOff

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    Well everything about this thread makes me feel better about sending my gun to Berryhill and getting the Melonite finish applied. Mr. Berryhill said turnaround is about four weeks. TXPO
     
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    did the process cover up the markings on the frame or did you edit them out? thanks!
     
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    I believe he shopped the serial and stuff out of the picture.

    Not having a serial number on your pistola (obliteration) is a no-no.
     
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    Nice pistola!
     
  19. asiparks

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    indeed, i blended them out in p'shop...
    That said, they were so lightly lasered into the surface of the stainless that the black oxide part of the process made them somewhat harder to read. Rather than straight on, I have to angle the pistol to the light somewhat. But they are still in compliance.
     
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