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Your finish, that is?
Typically, I strive to keep all my firearms in pristine condition and try to purchase only 95% or better guns.
However, my daily carry gun that sees most of the holster time is my Colt Lightweight Enhanced Officers 45acp that I'm "Wilsonizing" and had a pretty worn finish on the muzzle and slide when I got it about a year ago. So, I decided to help it along a bit.
Now as I watch the finish diminish bit by bit taking it in and out of my holster it doesn't bother me anymore and only enhances it.
I certainly would NEVER do this to a perfect finish, but this one seemed to be asking for it from day one and I'm really pleased with the results. I'll have to admit, the pictures don't do it justice, it looks really cool up close.
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It looks well used, but not abused. Did you use Scotch Brite?
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I love good, honest wear on a carry gun. I have a Bulgarian Makarov that was in pristine condition several years ago. It was hard for me to start carrying the gun as I didn’t want to marr the finish. Now it’s got plenty of bluing wear and I don’t worry about it one bit.

What I DON’T understand is folks buying guns already “distressed” or “BATTLE WORN” (give me a break armchair commando). Just poserish. I also am not a fan of guns with toy colored furniture or deliberately made to look like toys with Hello Kitty stickers and other ridiculous nonsense.

A firearm is a dangerous tool and it should not be made to reassemble a child’s toy IMHO. But nowadays with our social media attention seeking addiction, any smart aleck will do anything for some “liked” from their “friends” on their account.
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It looks well used, but not abused. Did you use Scotch Brite?
Wasn't really looking for used, just something to enhance the holster wear naturally.
Yes, Scotch bright pad is what I used after I disassembled it.
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The best thing I have found to enhance holster wear is to actually carry the gun in a holster. Actually, I strive to minimize holster wear by using good holsters. I can prevent some wear with good maintenance, and I do that.
Why put wear where it was not earned legitimately? I guess there is something I am missing. My mileage obviously differs.
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The best thing I have found to enhance holster wear is to actually carry the gun in a holster. Actually, I strive to minimize holster wear by using good holsters. I can prevent some wear with good maintenance, and I do that.
Why put wear where it was not earned legitimately? I guess there is something I am missing. My mileage obviously differs.
Yep, that's the whole point.
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I like it.

Hating the matte finish on my 1991 Colt, I hit it with some Flitz. Kind of a copy of Nighthawks new Colt series 70.



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I'll be honest, I never really liked this type of finish before, but it started to grow on me after seeing some done and what a great alternative to enhance something that's gonna happen anyways with normal carry. I like what you did Dump.
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I have a few milsurps, and "distressed" is a mild term for the condition of some of them. Gnarly would be better.
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If I ever wanted to “distress” a firearm, for some reason I cannot foresee, I have a couple of son in-laws I could loan it to.
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Here's another Colt I took a file to the edges to soften it up. I did a little Flitz polishing afterwards.


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I like what you've done. It doesn't look silvery-blue like a well-worn pre-wwii S&W, but it does look similar to the finish on my www Luger. Nothing wrong with that at all.
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Hating the matte finish on my 1991 Colt, I hit it with some Flitz. Kind of a copy of Nighthawks new Colt series 70.



This looks very similar to Nighthawks finish, "smoked nitride" by the way.
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This looks very similar to Nighthawks finish, "smoked nitride" by the way.
My inspiration.
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