As we all know, there are lots of 1911s and clones out there-from Norinco Chinese copies to pre WWI Colts. We've worked on enough of these to be able to duplicate almost all of the original finishes from Union Switch & Signals with the DuLite finish, Zinc Parkerizing with the green overtones, and the real high polish of an early Colt. If you have a collectable 1911/1911A1 that has been nickeled or screwed up, we can often bring it back to the original finish.
RESTORATION PRICES:VARY DEPENDING ON THE CONDITION OF THE GUN NOW, AND WHAT THE FINAL CORRECT FINISH IS. FIGURE FROM $185 T0 $340. I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXACT QUOTE ONCE WE DECIDE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I TRY TO KEEP MY PRICES AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE.
PARKERIZED - USGI 1911/1911A1s
If you have a gun in the following range, I can match the parkerizing or blueing.
Colt 734,000+- to end of war
Ithaca 900,000 and up
Remington Rand 995,000 and up
DU-LITE BLUING OVER FINE SAND BLASTING - USGI 1911/1911A1s
I can match these guns original finish, also.
Remington Rand 916,XXX to 995,000
Union Switch and Signal
Ithaca 856,XXX to 900,000
Here's a Union Switch & Signal that was stripped of the old incorrect finish (parkerizing), lightly sandblasted, then finished with Du-Lite hot salts. The trigger and barrel (HS) were conventional hot blued.
Here's a Colt 1911 that was cruelly and brutally overpolished and then nickeled. The left side picture is the gun after deplating. The right side picture is the same gun polished to 400 grit and hot blued. What you don't see is the two + hours of repolishing and trying to bring back the sharp edges. The Colt logo is missing his head, but the gun is at least presentable and a decent shooter.
This was an interesting one. A WWII Norwegian 1911 with Nazi markings. Brought to me with a nice nickel plating, I researched it, and brought it back to the original black parkerized finish.
Rock Island refinished in OD flat green frame and flat black slide with polished barrel breech. Owner did the custom work and I did the refinish. Looks and shoots great and didn't cost a fortune.
Here's another Norwegian, made in 1948, so it doesn't have the Nazi markings. Another nickel job. A collector in Norway advised me of the correct finish, zinc parkerizing, and gave the gun owner the date it was shipped to an infantry regiment in the Norwegian army.
Here's a Remington Rand 1004XXX We deplated it and polished out the pitting, Black oxide blued the barrel, Zinc based parkerized the rest. Removed the park from the feed ramp. Came out nice. Even the darker heat treated front of the slide shows well. Cost a little over $250 total.