A friend inherited this. It had apparently been stored in one of those foam-lined pistol boxes. Just a shame. Trying to clean it up a little. Thought I’d take the stocks off and soak it in ATF for a couple of days. What do you experts think is the best way to go? Hank
Thanks guys! Trying to clean her up for a friend. I have a 1911- not an A1- in much better shape than this one. Thought we could get the oldsters together one day for a little shooting. Will post additional pictures as we move along. Thanks again,Hank.
Another vote for Ballistol... but I've also used BP Blaster and Kroil... which is basically a modified "Ed's Red" formula.
They key is patience and let the juice do it's thing.
This M&P revolver was made in 1922, and I wish that I had taken "before" pics of it before I cleaned it up. I took off the grips, put it in a tray and marinated it in Kroil for a week, then went at it with a copper penny and bronze wool, I was very surprised at the results.
The gun had been stored in a leather holster, there was rust on the cylinder, along the barrel, trigger guard... basically every where it was in contact with the leather, it looked like a mess. The age worn look (patina) I ended up with works for me, it would look fake if re-blued.
Thanks for the help! I know it’s a 1911, stamped “ United States Property”, like mine ( actually my sons’). Should be a good shooter, but paper will tell the story! I’ll post some progress pictures! Hank