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About Springfield 1911a1 parkerizing

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by taylor, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed a big difference in the finish color in the same models; I had a GI model and the color was as black as a crows wing, a rich charcoal. And I went to look at another for sale and it was a dull,faded grey looking piece. These were new guns, the same model why have I noticed so many "parkerized" 1911s with this ugly grey color?
     
  2. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    The dull grey/silver is most likely on the a Bi-Tone model if ordered that way , then there is the Parked model, and the Crow Black could be the Black Amory Kote.?
     
  3. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    That and most parkerizing will pick up it's degree of black again once re-oiled.
     
  4. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I was thinking; parkerizing really fades if not oiled often. I guess even a new gun left sitting in a dry hot case for years will turn grey.