Unusual Colt 1911 Mag Well Modification
Thought you might be interested in seeing this. It was (I guess) done by the former owner of the one .45 that I'm working on.
Notice that it opens up the mag well a bit for faster magazine insertion but, does not add any parts to the frame.
The regular mag well is edge-beveled BUT, in addition the steel body of the mainspring housing has been radiused back & a beveled "half circle" cut into the grip frame metal. Then that cut needed to be carefully and slightly peened back to make close contact with the mainspring housing.
It opens the magazine well up about .25" (front to back) but, it is quite enough to make mag insertion nicely faster than the normal "stock" magazine well opening.
It's interesting modification that I've never seen done on any other Colt frame but this one.
It is a Series 70 frame BTW & I just recently bought a new/old stock Series 70 Slide for it on Ebay.
The Frame Is YUK Gold Plated
The doggone frame is Gold Plated and it's about the ugliest doggone nightmare...ish gold plating that you could ever imagine.
God...it's so ugly it's scary looking. :eek:
Oh...so you want a picture of that frame? :confused:
You'll be sorry you asked for it. It will make you cry like a baby its so hideous and so freaky looking.
I'll try taking a flash picture.
I "cleaned up" a few areas around the trigger guard & then I'm just going to Ultra~Fine blast this one with Aluminum Oxide Powder & then finish it here at home.
I bought this frame for a super good price years ago $50.00 (I think) For the frame & all frame parts...no slide - no barrel AND an UGLY GOLD PLATED MAGAZINE. The Frame is basically untouched except for the mag well and the gold plate. The feed ramp is perfect & that's all I care about.
The aftermarket beavertail is not a super-great hairline fit like most custom ones are done these days.
The grip safety works fine though & I'm just using it for a beater/shooter anyway. The trigger pull is Nice & Crisp though.
OK Here it is: :eek:
It had some rust pits under the grips. Looks pretty bad huh?
It will look nice finished though. yep...that is a gold plated standard factory ejector :confused: & mag release.
Looks like an early Nowlin hammer. I put the short trigger in. All my Colts have short triggers.
I'm thinking I'll just strip the gold off & "Park" it.
Maybe I'll Camo it... :biggrin: or....Desert Tan??? :dead:
On The Bright Side (play on words)
The gold kept it from rusting out.
I'm going to take it all off with this really fine "Air Abrader" that I have.
Luckily the Hi-Karat gold was just lightly flashed directly on bare steel & there is no Nickel Plating under the gold.
Take PITY on it Euc. ~ Don't hurt its little Bling-Bling feelings. :biggrin: