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Posted: 3/29/2009 6:37:50 AM EDT
So I graduated from OSUT last week and I am rewarding myself by getting my 1911 customized. Part of that process will be having hard chromed. Now I am looking for a good place to do it. I know Tripp research used to be one of the best places to go but they dont do it anymore. Has anybody ever used Elite Custom Guns in NC? Any other suggestions. Someone on another forum suggested EGW.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:46:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 6:51:12 AM EDT by 6mmAR15]
Rebel Gun Refinishing in Wildwood Florida.............have used them in the past and the work was top notch................Phone: (352) 330-0268
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:51:28 AM EDT
I like using Magna Port, in Mt. Clemens Mich. I have been a customer there for two decades. They (Steve Kelly) are great folks and they make sure they do exactly what the customer wants. Here is my colt coated in 1998, still looks like the day it came out of the shop. They offer a good selection of finishes :

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:36:22 AM EDT
I've used METALIFE and TRIPP.

happy with both, Liked TRIPP better, it's a bit brighter.


Make sure you are finished customizing your 1911 before you send it off.

Get all the de-horning, checkering, etc., done first.



(old pic 1995ish)

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:43:01 AM EDT
I had a gun done by Accurate Plating and Weaponry. Good stuff.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:55:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 10:57:07 AM EDT by dfariswheel]
Here's the top gun platers. Many offer other finishes.
Most offer variations in how the final finish will look, ranging from the original matte pearl-gray, to a stainless steel look, to a full mirror bright look.
A few will even plate inside bores and chambers.

Prices vary according to the options and the finisher.

The ones with the best reputation are APW/Cogan and Ford's but all do top work.









I've used several of them back when I was sending out customers and my own guns.
If I HAD to pick one, it'd be APW/Cogan.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:59:56 AM EDT
You're in Tennessee, how about Coal Creek Armory?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 11:05:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 11:53:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 5:13:47 PM EDT by ch205ief]
I've used Elite Custom Guns and was very satisfied. I'm planning on sending two more to them shortly.
Here are a couple of pics of my Delta Elite that they did for me. Brushed hard chrome slide and small parts on duracoat frame.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 12:15:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By kentucky_smith:
You're in Tennessee, how about Coal Creek Armory?

I don't think they do hard chrome. If they did, I wouldn't send my pistol to them...
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 4:50:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 4:50:33 PM EDT by kentucky_smith]
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 5:12:57 PM EDT
A vote for Metaloy. I have had two 1911's refinished by them, one of them going on over twenty years still looks awesome.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 5:21:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 5:31:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pistolwretch:
Ever consider that the company may have changed owners in the past 20 years?
I had a girlfriend 30 years ago..........
nevermind, that is off topic.

Come on man, this isn't GD, this is a tech forum!
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