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Old November 1st, 2016, 10:54 AM   #1
 
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Need help or advice with a scratches

I recently bought a SR 1911 cmd 9mm. Right after I bought it I changed grips from the black hard rubber to the the pretty coco bolo with the Ruger emblem .
While doing so I had to have a larger screw driver , I got out of my chair to go get it and laid my gun on the seat cushion while walking away I tossed the small screw driver back onto the chair seat.
When I came back I pick up gun to proceed and saw three small scratches on the slide of my new beautiful gun , and have been sick ever since , now every time I hold the gun my eyes are drawn to the scratches and I swear they are growing.
Does anyone have an idea of how to get them out , I tried sanding very lightly but stopped right away , that looks like it would make it worse since the slide is sort of a gray color stainless.
Ruger said I could send it in and have it bead blasted or whatever there process is but that would be be over kill for the size of the problem and they would laugh forever at how anal some customers could be.
So I know I made it a long story , but have you ever screwed up a brand new gun before.
Any ideas on the scratches?




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Old November 1st, 2016, 11:00 AM   #2
 
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Just live with it. I dropped a new Smith L frame on concrete once and it left a ding under the trigger guard. It'll eventually grow on you and you'll learn to see it as the gun having character.
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Steel wool will help, on a stainless one, it can buff out light scratches. On a blued model you would have to touch it up with cold blue.
But, if the scratches are not that bad, ignore them. You are bound to scuff it up a little, when you use it.
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OP, I've been in your situation more times than I'd care to admit, but never with a brand new gun (not yet anyway). The only real way to remove the scratches from the steel is to have it blasted and refinished. You could also get your slide Cerakoted and that would not only remove the scratches, but prevent further ones from occurring. There are cheaper options for refinishing too, but I would echo RevolverGuy's suggestion: just live with it because you will inevitably do it again at some point down the road.

I know you don't want to hear that, but if you desperately try every scratch removing method you read on the internet, you will probably make it worse. You MIGHT be able to use some sort of polish to remove them depending on how deep the scratches are, but again, you'll more than likely make it worse and wish you'd just left it alone. Believe me, I've learned this lesson myself time and time again.

Scratches and blemishes on expensive items are painful, there's no question about that. But they ARE inevitable and you have to force yourself to live with them. You'll drive yourself crazy otherwise. Nothing stays perfect forever and the first scratches are always the worst.
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Several times. Teh details are far to sad so I know your pain.
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The SR1911 is bead blasted, anything other than blasting is useless. So, unless you want to polish or brush finish the whole pistol you will have to learn to live with the scratches. I'm of the school of thought that wear marks on a tool add a certain beauty to that tool, be it a watch, knife or gun. The Japanese have a term for it Wabi sabi. For example I have a 34 year old Swiss Army Aluminum handled Soldier that's polished by nothing other than pocket wear and I think it looks much better than when it was new. Sort of like a well worn pair of jeans. So, that first scratch is the hardest after that they all add up to give the tool that beautiful patina of age and use.
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You mean character marks??? I take good care of my firearms but I don't consider them mine until they have a blemish. Its a story to tell and a lesson learned. Unless you plan on selling it... Live with it, shoot it, pass it down. I would love to know the stories about the marks on my great grandpas gun.
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BTW, very fine bead blasting will remove the scratches...
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Oh Dear but they are not MING Vases Sir.they serve a purpose and as long as they serve that purpose and keep one safe then they have done their job.
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If it really bothers you after reading all of the other replies, I suggest that you just send it back to Ruger. If I remember correctly from a time I sent back a scratched up Mark II, you should reinstall the factory grips before sending it. Yep, some of us are a bit anal.
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Now you don't have to worry about scratching it anymore.
I got my wife a Henry Big Boy. 357mag and had it engraved for our 25th anniversary.
First time she disassembled it to clean it the screwdriver slipped and scratched it.
Now she doesn't have to baby it (I never intended it as a safe queen).



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There is obviously another you in you. The one that tossed the screwdriver. If you make a big deal out of it and send it off for refinishing he'll be waiting. You'll do it again.
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You know, I've offered this before but no one has taken me up on it so far.

If you send the scratched pistol to me, I will do my best to repair the scratches for you and send it right back as soon as it is fixed. Scouts honor.
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Not to be a Wiseguy but, me think's You have learned a Valuable Lesson.
Leave the Throwing stuff to Horseshoes.
I know the First one Hurts and you will undoubtedly take care of that Thing so go out and shoot the Snot out of it.
You have the First Ding in it and there might be others down the Road and others have said, 'Now your Firearm has got some Character to It' .

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