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You folks ever have one of those days. Well, mine was a couple of days ago. I was cleaning my ANIB Delta Elite (rescued from the People's Republic of Mass.). Things went well and I was putting her back together. The plunger tube spring was sticking as I was trying to work the slide stop so I began to use a little more force and lever it. Can anyway see what's coming?

Yup, I miscalculated the angle, how close the slide stop edge was, and how much force. There is now what is probably a tiny mark but to me looks like a huge gouge showing the arc the slide stop took. And yes, it's through the finish.

Any ideas how to correct this absent a buff job and a refinish? Anyone want to own up to a similar error so I don't feel so bad?
 

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I don't know how to correct it, but I sure know how to wreck them.....here's a quote from a post I made way back in the early days of this forum....

"Not too much that I haven't maimed, butchered, hacked, stripped, melted, gouged, burnt, scratched, twisted, snapped, crushed, bent, seized or (insert your own worst blunder here) over the years.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR GUNS TO ME. I am not a professional gunsmith. "

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Wellll...Let me just say this....If the slide "thingee" points to 3:00. You can easily read the thing all the way to 4:30.

...I won't mention the part you can't even see...


...Does slashed, trashed, hacked make any "impression" with you?

Well...they certainly do if you're lookin' at my SA...:eek:


ps...I gave up after doin' it 3-4 more times...After I quit doin' stupid stuff, THEN I'll GET A REFINISH!!!
...from the look of things...May be awhile :wink:

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re For stainless steel you might look into the acid sold from Radio Shack. Its Chloro something used on circut boards. A pint or so costs about four dollars. I am told it has been used to blend the color after dehorning a brushed gun. No personal experance though it could be a start. Calthrop.

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Careful with the masking and bead blasting, unless you like that deluxe 'sandpaper on sandpaper' feel in the action of your fav. piece. (Been there and done that with a BHP a slew of years ago. Wound up repolishing and reblueing the whole thing.)
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well if it makes you feel better.. i've never done it, but i have seen a slew of them done that way. there for a while i was beginning to think that all used 1911's had the takedown scratch, i was wondering if the factories had started putting them on the guns when they were first built.
 

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there is special nylon tool made to ease reassembly w/o scratching the frame ..brownells might have it in their new catalog..
 

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That's nothing compared to fighting to get recoil spring plunger into the front of a Commander and having the lower squirt out of your hands and onto your oak bench and floor; denting the dust cover.

Like the guy said when the Hindenburg went down: "Oh, the humanity!" Duh.
 

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On my Colt Gold Cup, I install the slide stop without the plunger on the spring giving the slide free movement. I align the notches and put in the stop and push it straight in till it hits the detent. Then I get a very small blade screw driver and push the detent in while pushing in the stop. Then I install the plunger onto the spring.
 
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