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Old 11-06-2004, 06:20 PM
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Checkering rear of the slide..




A lot of custom and semi-custom guns have this done. Why?
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:58 PM
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Why?

It's like having a bumper guard on your Harley -- Because.
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Old 11-06-2004, 07:21 PM
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Usually the rear of the slide and the extractor are serrated. This is just a cosmetic touch which shows attention to detail. Some like it and some don't.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:11 PM
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So aside from aesthetics and a showcase of the engravers prowess.. there's no actual use?
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:38 PM
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I think it helps you when you use your thumb to push a slide fully into battery, when it fails to do it on it's own.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:45 PM
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It originally did have a use - Here is the true scoop.

A bit of custom 1911 "history" for you.
Way back when....some early custom 1911 smiths finely serrated the rear of the slides that were sent out to be hard chromed.
The fine serration's were intended to break up the harsh glare pattern of sunlight reflecting off of the smooth chromed rear slide face & affecting the sight picture.
Many of the rear sight blades were also serrated & the custom gunsmiths just extended the "look" of the horizontal sight serration's down the rear surface of the slide.
Then...I guess...it just looked so doggone good that it "evolved" to become a popular feature or custom "touch"
BUT that was its original stated purpose.

QUESTION: Maybe somebody will remember. Was Armand Swenson the first custom 1911 "smith" to do the rear slide face serrations??? Anybody know?

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Old 11-06-2004, 09:48 PM
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I heard people say it cuts possible glare. Just adds to cost.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:48 PM
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Thanks Bullcarver. I originally suspected that its purpose was to cut glare, and that spurred me to ask.

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Addition

Heck you are really stretching my feeble Bullcarver memory here.
I remember that Swenson said that he tried blasting the rear slide face but then after being hard white chromed that (in his opinion) it was still slightly too reflective.
Swenson is the first smith that I remember serrating the 1911 "rear of slide" but I could be wrong about that.

Oh...I do remember some early customs that were lightly stippled back there but, that caused minor problems with slightly deforming the extractor hole & then that opening had to be carefully "cleaned up" with a jewelers file. Sometimes the stippling would just not look right.

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