Educational Zone #40 – Refinishing a Sistema .45 ACP – Range Report

A little range report on the Sistema we refinished.

Went to the range this morning and ran the pistol a bit.

I put 50 rounds of 200 grain SWC handloads through it without a hitch.

I believe we can pronounce the throat polishing job a success. 

I also ran 50 rounds of 230 grain Ball through it.

No problems.

It grouped just fine and shot to point of aim.

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There had been some questions about how tough the finish is.

I don’t “baby” my guns.

I take good care of them, but I shoot them hard and often.

I was concerned about normal wear of the new finish.

We found a few scratches after today’s shooting.

Here’s one on the frame.

Very minor, but I don’t have a clue how it got there.

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Here’s another on the other side.

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And finally, a slight ding on the trigger guard.

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Conclusion:
1. I expect it to get a few dings now and then. I don’t collect museum pieces, I collect and shoot, “Shooters”. This one will see a lot of action. 

2. The paint is hard, but can be scratched. This was as I expected. I’ve never seen a painted finish that couldn’t be scratched.

3. I cleaned it when I got home and the Hoppe’s #9 and WD-40 didn’t seem to bother the finish. I greased the rails when I was done and wiped down the pistol for the safe. It still looks great. 

4. This pistol shot just fine. I was shooting double taps at 7 yards, from the ready, and it stayed in a nice group. A 1911 that works every time and shoots to point of aim is a joy.

Thanks for all the comments and interest. This was a fun project and I will definitely be doing it again.

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