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Old 10-22-2019, 10:44 PM
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WW2 GI pistols matched because back then slides and frames were unhardened. Only the front ends of the slides were hardened and those areas did often look slightly different. In more recent years both Colt and Auto Ordnance had trouble getting a consistent Parkerized finish on their WW2 replica guns, and AO eventually switched to a standard matte blue which looks close enough anyway.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1970 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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