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Mike Baugh
January 11, 1999, 10:24 PM
I have a Springfield 1911 that I want to get refinished , does anybody have a favorite plater for hardchrome ? I have a Trophy Match that was plated by Metaloy and they did a great job but I thought I might try somebody different . Has anybody tried the blackchrome ? The Metaloy ran $120 , how do the others compare in price ? Thanks , Mike...

Rosco Benson
January 12, 1999, 08:15 AM
Checkmate, in Florida, does nice hard chrome plating. They can produce a matte finish, a "brushed" finish (which looks very much like satin stainless steel), or mirror-bright. Their discount to FFL-holders is substantial, so you might enlist a friendly FFL to send it in for you. Checkmate has no website (as far as I know). Give them a call at (352)754-9111.


Walt Welch
January 13, 1999, 03:48 AM
I belong to the 1911-l list, and the guru of all types of plating, who really knows his stuff is Jack Fuselier. Here is his web site addy:


Hope this helps, Walt

January 17, 1999, 02:55 PM
Checkmate is very good.
Chuck Taylor uses Ron Mahovsky at Metal Life.
I do not know his whereabouts.
I have seen Chuck's guns done by him, and they are very good.

Stay away from Armaloy/Jartex in Ft. Worth Texas. They changed management a while back, and we had nothing but BIG problems with them after that.

Black chrome is NOT hard. It is actually a chromium disulfide, which is about as durable as bluing, maybe even a little less.
It looks great for display weapons, but is about worthless otherwise.

January 19, 1999, 06:26 PM
I was trying to find Metalife info. also awhile back. Here's an address -
Ron Mahovsky
RD #1 Box 149A
Eureka RD
Grand Valley, PA 16420

phone # 814-436-7747


January 19, 1999, 06:36 PM
Double post deleted. Double expresso needed. :-)

[This message has been edited by EricO (edited 01-19-99).]

January 24, 1999, 02:58 AM
so, are there any gloss black finishes
(other than bluing) that are durable?