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Refinishing 1911 for Father's Day

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ADagenhart, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. ADagenhart

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    I want to get my father's 1911 refinished for father's day. I'm checking out the links here in the FAQ and I'm wondering if anyone has had any good/bad experiences with any of these guys. I wish I could post pictures of it, but it's halfway across the country right now. I'd estimate that it's around 50 years old and it was my grandfather's. I believe it's a Colt (been years since I've seen it).
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
  2. Quack

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    which guys?

    if anything, see if Colt can refinish it for you.
     


  3. bac1023

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    Absolutely.

    If you're rebluing it, Colt needs to get the work.
     
  4. ADagenhart

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    Sounds good. My mother will have to sneak a peak inside the gun cabinet for me because I live in another state. I believe that it is a Colt, and if so, Ill take that advice. If not, I will bump this for further discussion...
     
  5. MajorD

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    if it is a classic old colt over 50 years old- do NOT refinish-it will kill any collector value it may have-especially if it is a U.S. Military issue gun. What model is it and what condition is it in? a USGI with no original finish is worth more than one refinished. If the gun is a commercial model with a lot of wear it might not matter so much.
     
  6. youngAR

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    If it has no value, refinish with Ion Bond. It can be high polished to look nice and will last longer than any blueing.
     
  7. Vanman2004b

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    Might want to ask Dad first. He might not want it refinished.
     
  8. stukibuilt

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    That's what I was thinking... He might appreciate it, but
    I know how "connected" I get with my pistols... I would have a heart attack if my lady had one that was special to me refinished unless it was something she had heard me specifically say, including the type of finish. It also comes down to how much you want to invest.
     
  9. ArmoryDoc

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    Definitely do this. It may have great sentimental value in its current state and while new-looking is nice, erasing memories can be really bad. :wavey:
     
  10. ADagenhart

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    The reason I had originally planned to do it as a surprise was that he literally never shoots this gun. It's just stored in a cabinet and is never taken out. After some consideration, I do think it's probably a better idea to ask him first. I'm going to get some pics up as soon as I can and let some of you that are much more familiar with 1911s give me some pointers...
     
  11. You have made a wise decision. Older 1911's may be very valuable and collectable until you refinish them.
    Especially military models.
     
  12. ADagenhart

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    Update: It turns out the gun was my father's great grandfather's gun. It has a united states postal service mark on it, and he carried it when he worked. I'm guessing it was probably purchased sometime around 1915-1920, as he would have been around 35 or 40 years old at this time. My dad is going to take some pictures for me and I will post them here, and also call Colt to get an idea of how old the gun is and what it might be worth...
     
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  13. rsxr22

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    very cool. glad to hear you didnt refinish that gem
     
  14. ADagenhart

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    Any idea what it might be worth? I'm sure it's hard to say without pics, but what would a 1911 go for that was made in the early 1900's?
     
  15. Folsom_Prison

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    I have no idea what it's worth, but I sure wouldn't refinish it that's for sure.
     
  16. jrs93accord

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    It is hard to place a value on one that is unseen. The model, age, and condition are three of the main factors that are taken into account when determining value. Once we see some good pics, along with a serial number, a rough value can assessed then.