I shipped this .357 Coonan back to its owner's FFL a few hours ago. This is the first Coonan I've worked on, so I was a little nervous about the laser engravings, as they were on a very rough brushed slide flat. Unlike the flats on most other 1911's (Colt, Springfield, et al.), which seem to be finished with 400 grit, the Coonan flats looked to be finished with 150, leaving much deeper channels to flatten out before polishing. Delicate laser engravings + rough surface finish = trouble. It is a painstaking process doing enough prep work on the rough surface finish to prepare it for polishing, but not so much that the engravings are compromised. Managed to do it, though!
Here are a few before photos of the stock pistol.
And the afters taken this A.M. outside the shop by yours truly. I couldn't decide whether it looked better in morning sun or morning shadow, so we get both here!You can see more of my work at:
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I like the look.