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andresere
March 04, 2015, 18:27
switched a pistol on me, but I can't prove it. I posted a bunch of trials and tribulations trying to fix my RIA that someone had dremeled the feed ramp on. I ended up switching out the frame, and having to learn how to stake a plunger tube along the way. Then I fired it, and figured out the same PO had screwed with the barrel, a lot. So I ordered an Ed Brown match barrel and went to see Mark. I only asked for him to fit the barrel, and an arched mainspring housing. He told me yesterday that it was ready and I would really like it. First thought was this barrel must be the sh1t!. Then I got there and he explained what he had done. I'm going to quote him so I don't fook it up

"METACOL IV is manganese phosphate (Parkerizing). That's the finish that was originally on the frame. The slide had on it something that looked like a paint, with the color a close match for the park.

Since I'd marred the finish a bit lapping the barrel into place, and I was Parkerizing anyway, I refinished the slide and a few other parts as well. Which revealed a problem.

Some of the parts were stainless, and won't color, and also (although the slide itself looked great), the rear sight was almost white - some other metal type.

So I refinished the whole thing in METACOL III Classic Patina - which is my gray "paint" finish, but cured at 400F instead of 300F. Years ago, I discovered that gray at 400 discolors to a greenish brown tint, which just happens to match WWII era, aged phosphate.

Anyway, it pleased me to do a little more than I was contracted to do. The gun deserves it."


So here's what I started with

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/andresere/together004_zps06a76fff.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/andresere/media/together004_zps06a76fff.jpg.html)


And here's what I picked up today.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/andresere/RIA/RIA%20DONE%20001_zps0uwuyigi.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/andresere/media/RIA/RIA%20DONE%20001_zps0uwuyigi.jpg.html)

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/andresere/RIA/RIA%20DONE%20004_zpsk5h356v7.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/andresere/media/RIA/RIA%20DONE%20004_zpsk5h356v7.jpg.html)





Thanks much Mark. I don't think I have ever seen an RIA look this good. A very good friend of mine, and fellow veteran said "It looks like it just came outta the rack". That it does. :whiskey:

Thorack
March 04, 2015, 18:44
Wow!

Awful Purdy! How does it shoot? Must be nice to have him right there in Phoenix.

Thorack

mpnv
March 04, 2015, 18:48
Awesome.....!!

andresere
March 04, 2015, 18:51
Wow!

Awful Purdy! How does it shoot? Must be nice to have him right there in Phoenix.

Thorack

I don't know yet, but I will be sure to post some targets. Every firearm Mark has ever worked on for me shoots just like it's supposed to. If I miss, it won't be the pistol's fault. And I'll look damn good doing it.:rofl:

And yes, that's a CVC bag. But I bought and paid for it before I got out. I know you being a Supply guy will want to know that lol.

K.O.A.M.
March 04, 2015, 20:02
He de-chromed a Colt 1911A1 for me several years back. You can see the pictures on his website. Amazing work.

gunplumber
March 04, 2015, 20:25
He de-chromed a Colt 1911A1 for me several years back. You can see the pictures on his website. Amazing work.

I think that one was just park - only reason to do it in Patina would have been if I couldn't get all the chrome off. IIRC, it wasn't a particularly tenacious chrome.

http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/finish/m4-1911-01.jpg

Guerrilla Marketing at its best . ..

andresere
March 04, 2015, 20:57
I know they have their detractors, but man o man do I love 1911s. :love:

Invictus77
March 04, 2015, 21:02
man o man do I love 1911s. :love:

:cheers:

L Haney
March 04, 2015, 21:04
I know they have their shortcomings, but man o man do I love 1911s. :love:

Hummmm, my education continues. I've only seen people lacking skills. Never seen a 1911 with an inherent flaw.

def90
March 04, 2015, 21:05
Looks awesome!

ByrnieMac
March 05, 2015, 00:11
Nice! Thats the best looking rock island I've seen. Looks really good

jeffrey
March 05, 2015, 00:36
Very nice, but you had me going at first...
I thought "oh boy this is gona be good".

andresere
March 05, 2015, 06:18
Hummmm, my education continues. I've only seen people lacking skills. Never seen a 1911 with an inherent flaw.

FIFY. That was what I was intending to say.

RomanLeaderII
March 05, 2015, 08:44
Mark does Outstanding Work! At times he might sound like a know it all, anal retentive type but anyone who has seen or experienced his work knows he does a Top Notch Job!

the gman
March 05, 2015, 16:38
Hummmm, my education continues. I've only seen people lacking skills. Never seen a 1911 with an inherent flaw.

I love them too but an inherent flaw in the 1911 is the exposed hammer when cocked and locked in that wind blown sand or snow can build up enough to prevent the hammer falling unless kept in a full flap holster. Which really isn't an option for cops..... :sad:

Skilter
March 05, 2015, 23:50
yeah... he can be particular... :tinfoilhat:

Artful
March 06, 2015, 21:20
Nice Gun - you lucky man - provided it groups ok

Nice Work Mark

genmeagher
March 07, 2015, 22:51
That is a beautiful sidearm.

one hand clapping
March 17, 2015, 08:53
I concure, Mark does great work. Something to be proud of.
One of the things I respect most, is someone who is driven to not only do their best,AND DO IT RIGHT, but to pull it off.

brad1
March 23, 2015, 21:05
I had a close buddy die a few years back...
Like Mark , my buddy was loved or hated, at times!!
Looking at it all , the haters were all retards!!!

Wasnt his fault my friend was unreal at his work, and i
watched so many times , people do what we called info surfing!!
My buddy would give a clear , correct
anser, and , while working to get work done!!!
After a while most of them would show
up at shop, head down, """ I should have
done as u said"""
Can u fix this???Very smart people have a tough time
ansering a person doing surveys,,
We built giant racing engines for
off shore race boats, 50 ' plus!!!
My buddys gone now,, but to this day
when it happens ta me,,,
I tell them ta go ask, keep asking,,

There done!!

I have plenty of work, and theres many reasons
So ,, i get Mark,, lucky ta have guys like him
ta fix things for people that shouldnt ever
build , or fix anything!!!!

Marks got it right!!!!!!!! Brad