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Baltimore Ed:
Here's my Colt 1911/Essex.The slide is original 1911 with the small sights and correct roll marks with 100 years of wear and tear. The frame is a 70ish Essex. The problem was that they didn't match at all. The frame, slide, small parts sans the bbl and internals were put in a cloth bag with a bunch of screwdriver bits and ball bearings and then shook and rattled for a while. Then I used browning solution. Luckily the old slide and modern frame and bbl were a good fit. It turned out fine and is 100% reliable. The walnut double diamonds are modern but were also distressed by sanding down the points and staining with dark stain and some ink.

Forty Rod:
Mighty fine job and one of the few I've seen that actually match the"real" antique original finish.

Well done, sir.

Baltimore Ed:
Here's the Colt before.

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