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Old 09-12-2006, 12:42 PM
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Some great ideas in this post for home gun care with rust. Thanks to everyone.
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Old 09-12-2006, 11:50 PM
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The bevertail in the photo is actually Colt's extended, or "duckbill" style, grip safety. It is a step up (at least for Colt) from the GI and standard Commander grip safety, but as most of us know it is not the same thing as a true high grip beavertail. The advantage of this safety is it prevents hammer bite and does not require any fitting beyond what the standard grip safety does. The disadvantage of this safety is it positions your hand lower on the frame than a high rise beavertail and it is not very attractive.
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:37 PM
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Here's the update to the rusty Commander story. Today I picked up my new replacement and it is perfect! The dealer admitted that at first he thought I was being too picky until I brought the gun in and he had a look at it. I'm real happy the distributor allowed the gun to be exchanged for another so that way I didn't have to wait an extended period of time to get it back from Colt. I started out extremely disappointed and ended up a proud owner of a great looking stainless Colt Commander.

One thing I do want to note is that both Commanders were dry in the plastic bag. This is a big difference in comparison to a new Gold Cup I purchased earlier in the year that came in covered in grease. I suspect this to be the cause of the rust problem. I do not know if it wasn't packed properly from the factory or if it's a storage problem on the part of the distributor. But either way the problem was fixed in a timely manner and overall I am pleased with the customer service provided from both my local dealer and the distributor.

And thanks to everyone who offered some fantastic insights into rust removal and prevention. I learned a lot from this thread.

Now I gotta oil this Colt up and head to the range!
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:30 AM
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Yeah... that duckbill grip safety is the last part on some of the Colt guns that needs to be updated to a standard beavertail grip safety... I've read that Colt has quite a supply of them and will use them at least until the supply is exhausted. I don't like the feel nor the looks of the duckbill grip safety at all! Fortunately, Wilson's drop in beavertail grip safety is an easy fix... easy to install, requires no modifications to the gun itself, and while not seamless in fitting to the guns tangs, doesn't look all that bad for a $25 reversible modification which needs no refinishing! Works perfectly and doesn't look too bad for the money:




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Old 09-16-2006, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ronbo5151
Sorry to hear about your problem. Here are some suggestions for someone who had a similar problem on a stainless Springfield. Don't use steel wool on stainless.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthre...rust+stainless

You can used stainless steel wool pads on stainless guns or scotch brite pads on stainless guns. The Scuff pads work GREAT! I do it all the time!
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:19 PM
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I realize I am in the minority here, but the duckbill is fine with me. I wouldn't add one or seek one out but if it's there, it doesn't bother me.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:28 PM
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I realize I am in the minority here, but the duckbill is fine with me. I wouldn't add one or seek one out but if it's there, it doesn't bother me.
I actually like the old school grip safety like on the Series 70s. I guess I'm really in the minority...
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:06 AM
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I'm having the same problem with the exact same gun. I started a thread about it yesterday before I found this one. I tried calling Colt customer service this morning, but waited 15 min. without anyone picking up, so I gave up. When I bought mine, the dealer said it would take up to a year if it ever needed replacing. I hope I can get it fixed and not have to wait that long.

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