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Old 02-06-2020, 09:32 AM
cantgrowup cantgrowup is offline
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Does nickel plating barrel affect lockup?

I bought a 1915-era military Colt 1911 that had already been nickel plated. However, the barrel was not nickel plated. I am considering having the barrel nickel plated also but wondering if the barrel lock up would be affected by the minute changes in the locking lug dimensions.
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Old 02-06-2020, 11:48 AM
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No. But be aware that a 1915 Colt has had no heat treatment or hardening done. The average life expectancy of those early guns was only 5000 rounds. I would place it in a nice display case and get something else to shoot. Treat it like the old war Vet it is.

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Old 02-06-2020, 02:30 PM
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Thanks for the "heads up". I am definitely not a knowledgeable 1911 collector.

I bought this pistol to replicate the nickel-plated pearl-grip "Bonnie 1911" that was supposedly taken from the Death Car and given to Lee Simmons Head of Texas Prison System in 1934. The real gun is in the Texas Prison museum in Huntsville TX. I collect representative guns used by and against the Barrow gang. Bonnie's 1911 was SN 97073 which was 1914 mfg. My pistol actually has a Springfield Armory frame (SN 1065xx) which I've read was made between 1915/17. It has a "Aug 19, 1913" patent Colt slide with the rampant colt on the rear.

What year did Colt and Springfield Armory start heat treating the 1911?
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Old 02-06-2020, 02:41 PM
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It all depends who does the nickel. nickel unlike hard chrome wants to gather at edges. It can change the dimensions based on how long its in the tank and who does it.

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Old 02-06-2020, 02:49 PM
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Hard chrome likes to gather at the edges too...or maybe it's just when APW does the chrome.
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