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    chicken coop 1911 slide

    I finally got my chicken coop found 1911 slide fitted to one of my extra Essex frames. This poor slide came out of the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket in a buddy's chicken coop. Poor thing was a ball of rust and all the openings completely full of mud dauber nests. It got a simple green bath and then went into the electrolysis tank and came out in wonderful shape. I could see it had a micro front sight but I was really surprised to find that it was an Ithaca that had been a NM. It still needs some work but I did get it fitted up and get a new Micro rear sight put on. Still needs trigger work and I'm probably going to upgrade barrels in the near future. Click image for larger version. 

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    Very cool. Nice recovery.

    You should probably call it the "CC Tactical Extreme Combat" to keep up with modern trends...

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    I am jealous. This spring we just did the annual cleaning of 3" of chicken poop out of the Chicken Coop; and our girls only left eggs for us, nothing like this.
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    Very nice looking pistol. What an odd thing to find in a chicken coop! Brings to mind all sorts of questions like "how did it get there" and "where is the rest of the pistol"? If a chicken was responsible for laying it the process must have been painful.

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    I'm feeding the chickens steel shot till they lay me one of those!

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    To be fair this particular coop probably hasn't see a chicken since Ike was in office. It's been a friends catch all my junk in piles coop for the last twenty years.

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    Nice project... I too have to wonder what happened to the rest of a NM 45 to leave the slide in somebody's "dead storage" in a disused chicken coop. Is that an original Micro™ rear sight you found for it? I've heard that the Ithaca slides were held in high regard by the gunsmiths building those old NM guns for the hardball matches. Congratulations on a good build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Gebirgsjager View Post
    Very nice looking pistol. What an odd thing to find in a chicken coop! Brings to mind all sorts of questions like "how did it get there" and "where is the rest of the pistol"? If a chicken was responsible for laying it the process must have been painful.
    When I think of the things I've lost in who-the-hell-knows-where, well... A lot of odd things are going to turn up in odd places after I'm gone.
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    That thing looks really good. I like the look of it. Let us all know how it shoots.
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    Wish I could make this 1926 Commercial/ National Match look that good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
    Wish I could make this 1926 Commercial/ National Match look that good!
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    OUCH!! That's enough to make ya cry!
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    OMG. What happened to that old girl?
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    The story I'm sticking to is..

    It was Gen. Patton's pistol. He threw it on the battlefield when he switched to his revolvers. It lay there until Graves & Registration came thru at war's end when it was found and brought home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
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    Argh! You ruined it! Don't you know that by cleaning it up you removed the patina? Collectors want the patina!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
    Wish I could make this 1926 Commercial/ National Match look that good!


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    You're makin' me feel good and bad at the same time..........Bad for you with that mess and good in that the 1918 I just inherited IS (might be?) salvagable. In my case, and I wish I could post a photo, some creative genius apparently decided to have an auto plating shop both polish and plate it. Somewhere along the line the U.S. property marks were poorly removed and a couple of letters on patent dates were buffed (clawed) out........Hell of it is, the thing is a real shooter.........other than the fact it bites the web of my hand every time, it shoots groups that rival an old match pistol I once used. Gotta post a before and A when she's done.........

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    Richard that was what I was afraid was going to be under the rust on mine. I got lucky. Have you stabilized the rust on yours? I'll have the purists on me like the plague but I would flat file that pistol as well as I could, bead blast it and give it a dunk in park tank. The nice thing about a pistol that roughly treated is that I wouldn't feel bad about useing it.

    Mine is out of commission for a bit. During my sight in session the elevation screw got turned out a little too far and left in real hurry. There is reason every one went to bomar sights on these. I'll get a new one made up and really put her through her paces this weekend.
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    DuraCoat for that one. It's a car gun now.

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    This will get no filing...Bead blast to make sure all the rust is gone then a immersion in a CLP or similar bath. Did that with an old 380 Colt auto many years ago. Never refinished it and it looks the same as when I dunked it. Think it gets deep into the pores and seals it sort of.

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