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some of yoiunz saw my thread in the 'smithing section about my latest round of wannabe back yard 'smith mods

It's not completely finished,
but it's done enough to show some pics.
matter of fact, I'll be carrying it tomorrow
(already adjusted sights and did all the safety tests and live fire fuction drills)

I dehorned/semi-melted, bobtailed, added a new rear sight, duracoated and polished the slide flats.

I determined it's well beyond my skill level to get a true show stopper.
But I'm jazzed with what I did, cause I did it all myowndamnself:biggrin:

My new carry Rock







I still need grips.
I bought some fancy schmancy burl wood last week.
It hasn't arrived yet.
I also bought some tropical exotic slabs from another supplier.
Both orders should be here this week
I'm going to make an attempt at making my own grips

try as may, I couldn't take a really good pic to save my behind.
The flash reflection from the slide flats kept washing out parts of the pics.
This was the best I could do.
When the grips are done, I'll see about taking some pics in outside natural light

...L.T.A.
 

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Nice job Cap.
 

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Thank you, Jerry

I'm mean thank YOU, cause several of your tips and suggestions were a big help to me


I'm heading to bed now.
Tomorrow I'll post some pics of the the whole process in the 'smithing forum


..l.T.A.
 

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You are welcome and I will be looking forward to the pics.
 

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Looking good .. if your flash will adjust try bouncing it off the ceiling it will help
 

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Very Nice Cap, I see that you managed to make that rear sight look good.
Nice looking gun.
 

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Fine looking piece, I love the sides, great idea, and I will have my Tactical bobtailed as soon as I can afford to have someone ELSE do it.....
 

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Love the flats.
 

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Looks great Cap!!!!:smile::smile:
 

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That really looks good in the light .. how did you do the flats and other smalls pieces to look like that just polish ?
 

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That really looks good in the light .. how did you do the flats and other smalls pieces to look like that just polish ?
Thanks all

Bud, I used several things
First 220 grt paper, then 400, then 800.
Then I polish with red jewelers rouge and either cotton buffing wheel on a drill or felt wheel on the Dremel.
The rouge and polishing wheels do the mirror polish.
It also reveals any tiny scratchs that are hard to see after sand papered.
Which even with the 800 grit, still has a brushed finish to it.
The scratches are so fine, they're hard to see till mirror polished
For the tiny scratches, i either take some 400grt and "thumb" sand that spot, or if lots of them, I put a fine grit sanding disc on the dremel and sand them out

Then re-polish with rouge and wheel.

it's a pretty pains taking process.
Bet i have a good 4 hours or better in polishing the slide and controls.

maybe if I had better (or the right) tools, I could cut that time down.
but i work with with what I got and experiment with what works best


..L.T.A.
 

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Think the high polish will keep it from rusting ?
 

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Think the high polish will keep it from rusting ?

I donno Bud.
The controls have been like that for at least 6 months or more with never a hint of rust or corrosion.
That gun doesn't sit around very much, so it's not stored in a safe for any length of time.

Never the less, i think I'm going to order some Duracoat clear coat to seal it up

..L.T.A.
 

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Never the less, i think I'm going to order some Duracoat clear coat to seal it up

..L.T.A.

Probley a Smart move
 

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That does look good in the light and the duracoat clear is a good idea.
 
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