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Old 05-10-2012, 18:11   #1
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Does anyone make...

a nicely blued production 1911. I can't get into the matte finishes and/or two-toned guns. Can't afford a Les Baer, Ed Brown, Clark etc. Can't tell by looking on the internet what the finishes really look like and haven't found what I'm looking for in the stores.
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Old 05-10-2012, 18:13   #2
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What is your price range? The Kimber Custom II is a nice blued gun that is reasonably priced.
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Old 05-10-2012, 18:16   #3
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Current production Colt ? Around $900 I think...
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Old 05-10-2012, 18:19   #4
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The Kimber TLE comes with night sights and a checkered front strap too. Bud's last had them for $937 shipped. Hard to beat that.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...TOM+TLE+II+.45

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Old 05-10-2012, 18:23   #5
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Thanks, guys. I know that at one time both made nicely blued guns. I looked at those on the web and couldn't tell for sure about the bluing. At least now I know what to look for/ask about. The Custom II would go well with my Custom Stainless, but then again the Colt is sort of calling out to me. Are these anywhere near the old Colt Royal Blue? I had a Series 70 get away from me years ago and really regret it.
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Old 05-10-2012, 22:10   #6
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Nowhere near Royal. They are a semi-polished blue that looks darned good.
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Old 05-10-2012, 22:12   #7
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My current Colt S70 repro. Nice finish but not highly polished.
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Old 05-10-2012, 22:43   #8
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Susitna, I was in a shop recently that had some current production Colts in stock. The current blue is Not anywhere close to the Royal blue. The current Colts are not matte. They are polished, just not to a high level. I'm thinking the blued Kimber Custom IIs are a matte blue, but not absolutely sure about that. Several weeks ago, I handled a Kimber, Gold Match model,IIRC. That Kimber was very evenly polished to a very high level, much more so than any of the blued Colts in the case. I think the Kimber was about $1350.00, while a blue Gold Cup in the case was about $1250.00. They also had blued Government Models in stock. Both the slide to frame fit and the finish of the Colt GC came in a poor second to the Kimber. I own both Kimber and Colt. They are both good guns, but the Kimber I handled that day seemed to be as nice as the Ed Browns I've handled, while the Colt seemed very pedestrian by comparison. ArmoryDoc's photo is a good image of Colt's current blue. Of the current blued Colts I've personally seen, the Series '70s seemed to be the best finished. I don't know if there really is a difference between the Series 70s and other models,or just happened to be that way on the particular examples I've seen and handled... ymmv

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The current Colts typically have matte finish on the round portions and brushed finish on the flats. Handsome looks but definitely not polished blued finish.

Cimmaron imports a beautifully polished blued M1911 from Armscorp of the Phillipines.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:00   #10
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Thanks, guys. I know that at one time both made nicely blued guns. I looked at those on the web and couldn't tell for sure about the bluing. At least now I know what to look for/ask about. The Custom II would go well with my Custom Stainless, but then again the Colt is sort of calling out to me. Are these anywhere near the old Colt Royal Blue? I had a Series 70 get away from me years ago and really regret it.
Its decent, but nothing like Royal blue.
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USFA had the best bluing on any 1911 that I've ever seen. Sadly, they're no longer in production.


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Old 05-11-2012, 20:08   #12
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Take a look at the Metro American Classic II. Mine was cheap...$529 but it has performed well and is beautiful for such a cheap 1911. I can show you some crappy cell phone pics if you want.
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Old 05-11-2012, 20:27   #13
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In the Good Old Days, Colt Royal Blue was limited to the Gold Cup and the Python. Other models got less polishing.

Colt will now do a heavily buffed blue job that they CALL Royal Blue. It is actually shinier than the earlier guns that made the name, but it is pretty wavy. I don't care for it.
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Old 05-11-2012, 21:21   #14
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In the Good Old Days, Colt Royal Blue was limited to the Gold Cup and the Python. Other models got less polishing.

Colt will now do a heavily buffed blue job that they CALL Royal Blue. It is actually shinier than the earlier guns that made the name, but it is pretty wavy. I don't care for it.
I have a 1960s era Gold Cup with Royal bluing and it looks awesome.
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Old 05-12-2012, 13:22   #15
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One of the nicest current production bluing jobs I have seen is the one on my Colt WWI repro. It's not equal to what Colt was doing 60 years ago, but it's pretty close.
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