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    Hay guys it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Currently refinishing a 1943 Colt 1911A1 and putting it pack to Colt factory specs. The pistol is just about finished, the slide, frame and main spring housing have been parkerized. The barrel and all of the other bits have been blued. Does anyone know if the main spring housing was blued back then? I tend to remember being told a long time ago, only the frame and slide were parkerized by Colt. I am also wondering if the blued parts were polished or had a matte finish. Thanks for the help.
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    The only parts blued were the barrel and magazine. The small parts that were tempered tend to show up darker, but are also "Parkerized". Their color varies, probably due to the condition of the phosphate solution they were finished in. This also shows up on the tempered end of the slide.

    This is an example of a Colt with really dark small parts.


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    Ellis & Johnny P, those are great. Thanks for sharing.
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    I believe the pins and grip screw bushings were also blued. If not then they at least had the same dark finish as most of the small parts. I don't know if it was phosphate over bluing, manganeze phosphate, or simply darkening of the finish due to heat treating. I do know that whenever modern refinishers Parkerize an old GI pistol the small parts either come out the same color as the frame and slide or lighter. The last guy who Parkerized a 1911 for me couldn't get the phosphate to "take" on the thumb safety, and it was left a very pale grey color.

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    Thanks for information, I lightly sanded the bluing with some 800 grit to lighten it a little. Looks much better but I will be searching for some new old parts already parkerized. You gotta love OCD.
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    your stocks aren't correct for a colt
    gun looks nice .

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    I will have to check but I am pretty sure they are period correct Keys grips with a part number and cross support on the inside. What are you referring too?
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    The msh, sear, and hammer pins sure look phosphate finished.



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    I was told these were the right grips for my 1943 Colt. What do you guys think?

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    They are wrong. Colt made their own stocks, while Ithaca, Remington Rand, Singer, and US&S used Keyes.

    Your Colt should have the large ring Colt stocks as shown in my original post.
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