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I refinished my new-to-me Colt Gold Cup Trophy

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I mentioned this gun a while back and was contemplating buying it. The only thing that seemed bad about it to me is the slide seemed a bit loose. The slide "wiggle" seemed a bit pronounced. Turns out that was mainly because the gun was bone dry. Once I cleaned it and lubed it up the gun feels pretty much like every other 1911 made for reliable shooting.

    On top of being extremely filthy to the point where I had to almost chisle crud out of the nooks and crannies it was a bit scratched up and had the usual idiot marks. The sights were also missing a lot of blueing.

    I stripped it down, cleaned it, and then gave all the surfaces a good refinishing. I sanded out the idiot marks, sand blasted the exterior surfaces, and then bead polished the whole gun. I also reblued the sights. It now has a "kimber-esque" look to it but it suits the gun very well. :)

    PS: I also changed out the grips and polished the barrel to a high shine.

    Here is a pic of it before (you cannot really see the damage) and here are some pics of the finished product.

    BEFORE
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    AFTER
    GCT1.jpg

    GCT2.jpg

    GCT3.jpg

    GTC4.jpg
     
  2. cameronhu

    cameronhu Ridgefield, Wa Member

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    Looks fabulous. Great work!
     
  3. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    First rate work Playboy. A nice addition to your collection.
     
  4. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Nice piece. The difference is noticable, even in these pictures...
     
  5. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Salem, OR Active Member

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    As always, amazing work and great photos!
     
  6. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Courious... what do you use for a camera?
     
  7. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    An old Canon Elph digital camera that I have had for around 10 years.
     
  8. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Looks good PP... nice photography, like "on the cover of a magazine" kinda gun. :thumbup:

    I have a mid '90s Gold Cup that was originally all high polish SS. I'm not such a big "BBQ gun" fan, so I beadblasted the frame and left the polish on the slide.
    After seeing your all matte gun, I might have to strip the slide and bead it too... or at least everything but the flats. :laugh:

    Cheers,
    C
     
  9. doubleactiononly

    doubleactiononly Seattle Member

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    Cool.. how hard is it to bead blast? I had some work done on my frame, so that there are patches on the back strap that are no longer bead blasted.. The smith who did the frame work is really backed up, so I'm looking into other places who might be able to finish the work..
     
  10. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    It is as easy as buying a $20 bag of bead and a $12 blaster from Home Depot if you already have a compressor. :)
     
  11. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    What PP said... or if you don't mind a drive out to Ravensdale, you can drop it off with me and I'll fine glass bead it in my cabinet.
    You need to strip it bare, or if you don't know how, I can do it, but I'll need the frame for a day or two... 'cause I got a life and stuff. :laugh:

    PM me if you're interested.
    C
     
  12. doubleactiononly

    doubleactiononly Seattle Member

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    I might just take you up on that one of these days .. but for now it's a minor cosmetic issue and I'd rather just shoot it :gun08:
     
  13. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    No biggie... you know how to get hold of me.

    C
     
  14. tattoo

    tattoo NorthWest Active Member

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    I'm kind of a Colt guy myself. You have a nice one there. Do ya shoot it? :)
     
  15. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    No, I have not had time to shoot anything in the past few weeks. Been working 12-14 hours a day 7 days a week.
     
  16. tattoo

    tattoo NorthWest Active Member

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    Glad to hear your workin but sad to hear you aint been shootin. I understand. Cant get in enough shooting myself. Your Colt should be a tack driver..:)