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Old 10-12-2020, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hey all just courious, I've had some alloy frame 1911s, that were anodized alloy, I found out the custom LW isn't....Does it matter?.... Thanks !
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:52 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Bobk22 View Post
Does it matter?
It all depends how much you shoot it, what kind of ammo do you feed it, and how long do you want the pistol to be serviceable?
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Ammo is 230 round ball, I figure it's worked for a long time.it's my EDC, and I still work K9s..I do love the weight and yes Florida is hot and humid, and that's in the winter...on my salary, I'd love to use it forever. LOL, Was thinking of type 3 anodizing or????

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Any gun, any finish if taken care of after shooting and stored properly shouldn't have any problems. Learn the facts on what you have, deal with them accordingly and you shouldn't have any problems.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:53 PM   #6
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Chuck43..I agree 100 percent, I called
Kimber and they advised it wasn't anodized.. I love the gun, I was just looking for someone that was more familiar with the frames and coatings, so maybe I could get advise and see if I could protect her even more that just oil. ...I still have my Python that I carried back in 78 and she looks brand new...I was just looking to see if there was something more I could do... Thanks !
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Was thinking of type 3 anodizing or????
I have a variety of aluminum frame .45 1911s several of which I built from the ground up. One is a full ramped barrel. All the rest use standard barrels. All of them are Type III anodized. There is no harder finish available for aluminum. All of the non-ramped barreled pistols have an EGW steel frame feed ramp insert fit. I run everything from 200gr HG68 style semi-wadcutter reloads to hot factory JHPs through all these pistols.

One of these pistols is a 5" version that I've used in IDPA matches for years so it sees lots of rounds every year. It's the one that gets shot the most. The others are for carry so do not get the abuse endured by the 5". None of these pistols exhibit any unusual wear.

Years ago I had an HK4 and discovered that aluminum feed ramps don't stand up well to a steady diet of JHP ammo. The ramp on that pistol got so dinged up it wouldn't feed FMJ ammo. It was my experience with that pistol that informed my decision to use the EGW steel inserts in standard barrel aluminum frame 1911s.
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Steve I appreciate it sir, I do like the insert idea, I do love flying ashtrays !! Does EGW still do installs?
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Does EGW still do installs?
George Smith, the founder and owner of EGW, got out of the 'smithing business some years ago. He realized he could make a lot more money designing and making parts. Plus dealing with customers in a retail environment is taxing at best. Everyone wants to know if their pistol is ready yet. Now, now, how about now? George has given me two guided tours of his manufacturing facility and it's truly amazing.

There are real 1911 'smiths who'd be happy to fit the steel insert. If you decide to go that route, I can give you a name or two of several in Florida.
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Originally Posted by Bobk22 View Post
Hey all just courious, I've had some alloy frame 1911s, that were anodized alloy, I found out the custom LW isn't....Does it matter?.... Thanks !
I live on the coast and have not had any problems with my Kimber Ultra with the aluminum frame. As with everything here in Florida proper preventive maintenance is required. Treat it like you did your Python and you’ll have no problems.
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