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Old 01-11-2020, 11:08 PM
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CMP light park to dark

I went from light park from cmp to almost black to match the slide took a bit but was worth it- what do you think ? Click image for larger version

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Old 01-11-2020, 11:19 PM
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Oil and heat

I used hoppes 9 gun oil soaked for 3 hours wiped it off then used a big lighter to burn the oil in. the later took took about 4 hours-and it seems to stain the the oil dark into the light park
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:49 PM
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It certainly looks like you did a good job. I just hope it doesn't rub off. The bane of Parkerizing has always been the fact that it's really difficult to get a matching finish on all the parts. In fact I once had a Remington Rand that matched on one side, but on the other the frame was a shade lighter.
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:23 AM
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Not something I would have done, the collectibility of the CMP is in how it was received, at least you didn't actually repark it.

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Old 01-12-2020, 12:14 PM
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I tend to agree, but this is what happens when a gun passes from Uncle Sam (who doesn't give a rat's ass about cosmetics) to a civilian owner who does.
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:39 PM
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I think it looks much better, but I would imagine that it will slowly return to the original color. Who knows... I could be wrong.
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:04 PM
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100% better

Serial number is key to me-The Rand is my first-it came with a colt replacement top 1949-to 68 witch is now in the parts box along with a union switch and signal slide barrels mags ect-my first 1911a1 was sold to me as a remington-it was not-it was a 1944 colt good deal 8 bills-parts cost more than the gun-every gun I have was bought came with the wrong slide-parts ect- at a reduced cost except one-I bought a British lend lease- I wanted a all original 1911a1 parked just to know the exact look as it came off the line-it is black--My guns my hobby- rand now has a matching top with two mags by Little-and all the same color-and all it took was oil and heat--
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:46 PM
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That Colt slide should be the 'hard-slide' which will make a great shooter.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:42 PM
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Not something I would have done, the collectibility of the CMP is in how it was received, at least you didn't actually repark it.

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The CMP guns don't seem very collectible to me? Mix-matched parts, sandblasted to ****e, parked barrels even - why are these so great again?
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:22 PM
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Its because when you receive one, its in the same condition as when last in government custody. IOW, like going back to 1965, walking into an armory and taking one off the rack. So its only worth $800 - $1000 now, but 50 years from now the ones that still exist in this condition will be worth much more.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:18 PM
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Unfortunately 50 years from now there will be absolutely no way to tell if a pistol is still in its "as-sold from the CMP" condition. How do you tell if the barrel is the same one it came with or if somebody replaced it? You can't. When these pistols left the Colt or Remington Rand factory their conditions were a known item and the reference books detail them as such, but CMP guns are like arsenal rebuilds in that you simply can't tell if they're unmolested since leaving Uncle Sam's care.

In other words, after the hoopla about CMP guns eventually fades away I don't think their collectibility will be assured.
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