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Thread: 1969 commercial 1911A1..slide bluing original????

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    Question 1969 commercial 1911A1..slide bluing original????

    Dear members,
    I just purchased what was advertised as a 95% pre 70 series government model. I was initially thrilled because it looked very nice. When i inspected it in better light the slide only had a faint purplish hue of a reblue. The markings are sharp and consistent in depth and dont look like they have been touched, but the color causes me to think its a reblue..though a pretty good one. Anybody ever see this on an untouched pre 70 series? I want to keep it because its really nice otherwise, but i want to return it if its a reblue. Any comments? Thanks!

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    Differing alloys or suboptimal heat treating procedures sometimes result in a purple tint, often referred to as "plum". Photos might help.

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    Thanks Doran! Plum is a new term for me. I sure hope it is that because the gun is very nice otherwise. Great Coltwood grips and no idiot marks. I will try to get some photos up asap, but so far i find the color hard to show. Many thanks!

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    Plum Slides

    Hello,
    Ive personally observed several plum slides on pistols from the late 60's-early 70's. In fact I own one. I wouldn't be to concerned about yours, it's more than likely all original. This one pictured from 1968.

    1968 Colt G.M..jpg

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    hotrod..thanks so much for the response! And thank you for the picture..that is exactly like mine! Mine is in the 325xxx range so i think a 1969 maybe? Anyway i love it and its my 4th Colt 1911, 2 shooters and now 2 that are mostly investment buys. I am so glad i found this site. I have learned alot. Now if i can just remember some of it! Thanks again!

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    Sorry, can't help with the color, but I have an identical pistol (shooter though, not a collector) with the 325 serial number and a C suffix. When I researched mine, I found that it dated to 1969.

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