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Old 01-11-2020, 09:37 AM   #1
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Greetings to all from soggy wet Michigan. A local store had a pre Black Friday sale on this Custom II Two Tone and I just couldn't pass it up. I think it was the second or third time giving it a cleaning, I put this idiot scratch in it. Any suggestions on what grit I should use to fix it?
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:54 AM   #2
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You'll have a bigger scratch on your Kimber Custom II after your slide locks back after you last round is fired. An idiot scratch occurs some where half way between your tigger on you frame, but this scratch was not your fault and happened when your Kimber wa fully assembled, and slide and you used the slide release to drop your empty slide. I Could show you several my 1911's that has this mark, including a very expensive Night Hawk Custom. Relax and enjoy!
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:03 AM   #3
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Usually takes several hundred post. Don't worry about that scratch, it's not going anywhere.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for in put response, however it did happen by putting it back together. And the idiot part of it is that I had a feeling while I was doing it that it was going to. The first few times putting the slide lock in was a pain in the butt. I'm thinking the spring inside for the plunger needed to be used. Ha ha. Anyway, I turned the lever down a bit then as I was pushing it in I was pushing up at the same time which caused me to scratch the frame. And yes I saw it as it was happening. If you look closely at the picture you can see the scratch continues further down below the slide release.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:17 AM   #5
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I hate to call them idiot scratches, I call mine reassembly wear.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:17 AM   #6
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Lol Tinman I like that idea, it's just the principal of the idiotness lol
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:18 AM   #7
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Hmmm "reassembly wear" now THAT I can live with.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:54 AM   #8
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JLS1911, welcome to the site from Tennessee.

SMH (shaking my head), the "scratch" tell, tell sign of a novice or careless new 1911 owner. I own 16 Kimber 1911's alone not to mention the others, NONE of them have a scratch, it is NOT the norm.

It can be prevented, I use a guitar pick, cheap, easy, some use blue painters tape.

Short of a frame refinish, a DIY repair could make it worse. Accuracy or function will not be affected, just shoot it.
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:09 AM   #10
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2Sharp2 I admit yes I was very careless, in a hurry and cold at the time. My fault entirely, I was thinking the same thing about making it worse. Thanks
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