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Before and after a transformation of My Colt 1911

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by AndyH, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I picked up this Colt M1991 A1 a while back from another forum member, It had seem some usage over the years and was in desperate need of a little love and attention.
    Here it is as I originally received it
    ColtBefore.jpg

    I contacted Mike at Northwest gun refinishing and he agreed to transform this 1911 into the Colt I had always wanted.
    Here it is with some tasteful upgrades. Big shout out to Mike and the quality of work he does as this definitely needed some major work.

    Here is is as I received it from Mike Yesterday.
    ColtAfter.jpg

    I could not be happier with the way it turned out.
     
    allegro, 2506, Abiqua and 5 others like this.
  2. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    WoW.. Is that even the same gun??? That looks great. Great work.
     
  3. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that is nice. Looks brand spanking new.
    Mike
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I drove up from Portland to the recent Puyallup gun show and dropped off my Colt Commander with Mike. I really enjoyed talking to him over the phone about my Colt project and was very impressed with the quality of his workmanship when I met him at the show.
    I was going to try the CeraKote process myself, but after discussing the process, equipment and materials that I would need, plus having no experience, it became very apparent that letting Mike handle it made perfect sense. Can't wait to see my pistol when finished.
     
  5. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    nice upgrade! how did the rail go on? do you have to drill the frame to do that?
     
  6. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That's perfect! just the right amount of upgrades and functional bling. :thumbup:
     
  7. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The rail is from Novak and it required the frame to be drilled and tapped in three places.
     
  8. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, thought long and hard about this one and am very pleased with the final look. It's a keeper
     
  9. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nope it's a Novak rail... But your right on the three screws part
     
  10. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Wow!
     
  11. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    Very nice.:thumbup:

    I would have went all black with no rail though.
     
  12. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    Nice work by Mike! What type of finish is this? Duracoat? Molyresin? Ionbond? I looking at doing one of my Kimbers with Ionbond, but the closest person that I know that does that is SpringPrecision.
     
  13. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Cerakote H-238 MIDNIGHT BLUE
     
  14. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    HOT DAMM. That is the prettiest Colt I have seen. But can it shoot?
     
  15. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Will know for sure on Sunday after I get back from the range
     
  16. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Do you really want to wait? Better for me to try it out today and that way you would know for sure that all will be well on Sunday. It is a sacrifice I am willing to do for you because I am such a nice guy.
    Mike
     
  17. CIPuyleart

    CIPuyleart La Center, WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    pretty damn beautiful. Nice work - can hardly tell it's the same pistol
     
  18. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    Looking good! Looks like Mike did a great job.
     
  19. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Sweet looking pistol! Do you mind saying what the work cost you?
     
  20. spider

    spider Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    no front strap?