Colt Commander M1991A1 Slide Damage
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    Thanks for the reply’s. I have a feeling I’m going to get the shaft. I’ll keep you posted

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    Everything said is true. Perhaps a fix you might consider is to find a top notch welder who can do gas arc with stainless. It is possible, the key is, the welder must be extremely good. Then after it's welded up someone equally good at hand work with files could bring it back to the original contour. Depending on the content of the rod used, it may still show a bit if it's not a great match. I'm not sure your milling operator is all that good. Most gunsmiths that have a mill know not to take too big a cut and also not to feed it to fast or hard. That's how mills break and chatter. When I was in business, I had my own machinery. When I retired from heavy pistol work, I sold all my machinery and I found a gunsmith that I trust who is a master on the mill. When I need machine work, expecially sight work as you had done, I send it to him. I would recommend him to anyone.... "The Action Works" in Chino Valley Arizona and the owner/operator is Don Williams, a true gentleman.

    PS: Under no circumstances let this hack fix that slide. He can't do it. If he could have done that you wouldn't have ever noticed. Get it back, call the loss a loss, and let someone else either repair it or salvage it.
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    Posting some images on the Facebook and tagging his site might do it.
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    Gotta say I really feel for you, guy sounds like a real jerk. Small claims court would probably be the way to go for me, remember that when you use lawyers it's the lawyer that always comes out the winner no matter what. May be too late for you but my wife always says to get everything in email just in case. Years ago when I lived in El Paso there was a guy that was driving around town in a new Cadillac that was spray can painted all over with sayings like "piece of junk bought from...….", etc. Seems he had bought it new from a dealer and it kept breaking down and the dealer refused to give him a replacement, this was way before lemon laws. Needless to say it didn't take long before the dealer had a change of heart and that mobile advertisement was off the road. It would be my mission in life to put this "gunsmith" out of business if he's not man enough to make things right.
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    I agree with flintsghost...Do NOT allow him to fix the slide. The guy has proven himself to be a dishonorable hack and there is no telling what else he may have screwed up on the inside....or screw up just to be an a$$.

    Pick up the gun and post pictures on FB, here and any other gun forum you frequent and be sure and tag him.
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    I would get the gun back NOW, don't let him touch it any more.
    If he doesn't agree to pay for a new slide, I would have to out him to the world, his reputation
    would be mud. Sorry , he deserves it for not admitting his screw up.
    We all make mistakes, he should just admit it, pay his dues , and move on..
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    I certainly feel bad for wat you must be going through on this. That's painful to look at. And there's no fixing that. It'll never look right, no matter what's done to it. You'll always know it's there. A replacement is the only thing that will make it right. Strange that the guy is taking that attitude about it. A replacement slide couldn't be that expensive. Certainly not as expensive as the ding to his professional reputation.

    If it were me, I'd get the gun back, and document as much as possible. All while checking all the replacement avenues. Wether it's the factory, or gun broker, or whatever. Try to keep an open mind, and as good as possible relationship with this "gunsmith". After you find a replacement slide, he's certainly not going to pay if he's now mad. At least give him the chance to have a change of heart. If it turns out to be a three hundred dollar fix, he might come around. Either way, he wouldn't be doing any more work for me. Then if there's no other resolution. It'd be small claims court.

    I probably wouldn't waste much time trying to ruin his reputation by publicly outing this guy. If he didn't do the right thing, and take the high road here. I'd still post the pictures, but not the name. If I were asked specifically, it certainly wouldn't be a secret. I just wouldn't go out of my way to broadcast any negative feedback. Good luck!
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    Due to Colt's spare parts policies and lack of sources for factory slides, I'm betting that your only option is going to be to send the gun in to Colt and see if they can replace the slide with a new one.
    Buying a slide from an auction site is a crap shoot as to the condition, and most parts houses will not have a stainless Commander 1991 series slide.

    I don't know if they have exact replacements, but Colt still make Commander type pistols so they may be able to fit a reasonable replacement.

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    Contact M&P Depot https://mpdepot.net...they had purchased a number of slides directly from Colt and may have what you need. I've purchased both a NOS Delta Elite and Combat Elite slides from them in the past. You might luck out.
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    Hi everyone:<br>
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    Well I have an update for you. Not following my request to not touch the slide the gunsmith did it anyway and "fixed" it before I could get the pistol from him. I have attached pics of it for you. He kept telling my I'm to picky and then I laid into him with what I thought. He then called me later and said I'll give you $200 and this goes away. I took it. The time involved going to small claims court and that hassle I thought just take it and never go back to him and that's what I did. So I guess you could say this is resolved. Thanks for all the input and suggestions. This is a great bunch people on this forum.
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