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Does Colt parkerize any of their 1911's?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Joe Link, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've been looking at various places and on the Colt website and it looks like all their 1911's are either stainless or blued. I really don't like the look of blued guns much, so I'm wondering if they parkerize any of their 1911's from the factory.
     
  2. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Heresy! :laugh:
     
  3. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My grandfather used to tell me the same thing before he passed :laugh:

    I think it looks 'appropriate' on older guns (pre-1960's).
     
  4. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Not any of the current production guns of Colt are park'd
     
  5. Dutch

    Dutch Siskiyou County, Calif Member

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    My 1911A1 was parkerized from the factory.... in 1944.

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  6. Hotwheelz

    Hotwheelz Pierce County Member

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    I could swear the 1991a1 are parkerized at least the ones I have seen seem to be ..
     
  7. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    The old roll mark versions were, not the new roll mark models.
     
  8. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    You do realize when the 1911 was first conceived right? :bluelaugh::laugh: ;) :p

    Just look at these and tell me they aren't good-looking:

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  9. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Uh....uh....1923? :huh:

    :laugh:

    That is a beautiful gun!
     
  10. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    That's been refinished.........

    Find a pre-war Colt, it's blued the old way..........in a fired kiln.......nothing can compare to that.
     
  11. fromotoc

    fromotoc Downtown Portland, OR Member

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    My old Colt 1991a1 was parkerized. I think it was from 1996, not sure though, that's the date the manual it came with had on it.
     
  12. RickB

    RickB Greater Seattle area Member

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    Only the first year or two of M1991A1 production was parkerized. They quickly changed to matte blue.
     
  13. jonathon

    jonathon Pendleton, OR Member

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    The matte blue has a nice wear pattern in my opinion.. holster wear comes on fairly quick but I like the used gun look...
     
  14. Oohrah

    Oohrah NorthwestSouthern Oregon Coast Member

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    Military I think were parkerized with commercial blued or nickled. Mine
    orginal parkerzied, but needed everything but the action replaced. Matt
    blued, rebarreled with new barrel link and pin, micro adj. sights, slide
    tightened, and trigger smoothed. No one in my area did parkerizing,
    thus the Matt bluing. After forty five years with many as carry, there is
    some blue wear on the slide where it travels across the lower receiver.
    It will always be one of my keepers:thumbup: Used it at the police range
    a couple of weeks back, and shot several magazines without a hitch shoot-
    ing running tactics. Only hitch is it required more change outs than my
    Glocks. Howdy, does it shoot at longer ranges. Perhaps in this case less
    rounds may be better in some circumstances:huh: