American Classic 1911 Commander "modded"

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    American Classic 1911 Commander "modded"

    I decided I wanted a better looking gun than the factory American Classic.

    So I painted the wood grips (until my new ones come) black, removed the trigger and polished it, removed the hammer and polished that too. I like it a lot. Probably will polish slide catch and safety too. I polished the sides of the trigger bows for a smoother trigger. Mission accomplished.

    This is my EDC and now it looks better, even though nobody sees it!
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    What type of grips are you getting?
    We will be much better off when we learn to deal with things as they really are, instead of how we wish them to be!

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    Remember that with a Carbon Steel firearm when you polish off the protective black oxide finish you are exposing bare Carbon Steel metal to potential rusting.

    Ideally you should send those parts out to be either Hard Chromed or Electroless Nickel plated.
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    [QUOTE=smolck;1948608]I decided I wanted a better looking gun than the factory American Classic.

    So I painted the wood grips (until my new ones come) black, removed the trigger and polished it, removed the hammer and polished that too. I like it a lot. Probably will polish slide catch and safety too. I polished the sides of the trigger bows for a smoother trigger. Mission accomplished.

    This is my EDC and now it looks better, even though nobody sees it![/QUOTE]



    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Looks good!!!!!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^


    To what I've outlined in bold, etc,,, above.
    Yes but that is the same logic women have when putting on frilly,skimpy, flowered panties!





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    Went a little further. Now I am going to order these parts from Wilson Combat in brushed aluminum.

    I don't think the parts will rust, but I will let you know if they do. In my experience with automotive applications (I am a mechanic) this should do just fine if not left outside.

    Anyways, just messing around with my gun, I like the result and maybe it will help someone else make some choices about their own gun.
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    Looks great! I am really loving my ACII. Might have to pick up a Commander next.
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    Very nice! Good job



    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    Went a little further. Now I am going to order these parts from Wilson Combat in brushed aluminum.

    I don't think the parts will rust, but I will let you know if they do. In my experience with automotive applications (I am a mechanic) this should do just fine if not left outside.

    Anyways, just messing around with my gun, I like the result and maybe it will help someone else make some choices about their own gun.

    I think QKShooter is right. If stainless steel firearms rust, what do you think it will happen to carbon steel firearms if you polish off the protective black oxide finish? Do not underestimate the corrosive and rusting effects of moisture, salt and dirt from perspiration coming into contact with the metal.
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    OH NO.....THE DREADED "KICK STAND"....

    Nice job...agree with all on the rust issue, though...but it sounds like you are taking care of it...
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    Nice!!! There are some metal polishes like Simichrome which you can apply to the exposed metal that leave a protective coating and might help with the rust issue.
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    Thanks guys.

    I am actually going to see what this thing looks like in a week with proper care. Since this is my EDC gun it gets wiped down every night before bed anyways and with a light coat of gun oil on the parts I am betting I won't see rust. Some of the bluing had worn off anyways around the grip safety and trigger from rubbing the frame and it has been over a month and no rust on those parts.

    Either way, if they do rust I'll drop in the Wilson parts. Regardless I will keep you all up to date on the rust issue. In the meantime, I am so loving this look that I am tempted to "open carry"!

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    Well, my gun has spent most of this week in it's holster and my hands and no sign of rust at all. I just installed new grips and grip screws tonight and gave it a good once over and she is great. My wife even stopped and said "wow, that looks awesome honey". So far, so good.

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    [QUOTE=oneshot;1948657]
    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    , even though nobody sees it![/QUOTE]

    Yes but that is the same logic women have when putting on frilly,skimpy, flowered panties!
    The thought that should someone see it, a physiological reaction should occur?

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    Great job.. I really like the look! Got some ga-hone-es to "try it out" on a 1911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    Well, my gun has spent most of this week in it's holster and my hands and no sign of rust at all. I just installed new grips and grip screws tonight and gave it a good once over and she is great. My wife even stopped and said "wow, that looks awesome honey". So far, so good.
    Where's the pics with the new grips?

    I have a couple of revolvers that have had the trigger and hammer polished, haven't had any trouble with rust or corrosion.

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    its what floats ur boat--an it sure is pretty.

    we have a different way in that as a SD gun it has to run even dirty; my defender or p239 gets wiped with a silicon cloth
    when putting it away if it has come out of its holster. if its been fired it gets the bore-snake and after Ive wiped what i can reach,
    some rem oil. slide off clean every 1000 rounds or 3 months.

    a suggestion cause if you ever have the police to examine the gun following its being used--any work on the action parts should have
    paperwork from a gunsmith. it will cost you less in court than possibly having to defend about how you did things may have affected the gun.
    this is total legal bs, but the money it may cost you is real.

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