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    Default Completed German Issued French M1935A Rig...

    So this all started when I picked up this holster...

    http://www.k98kforum.com/showthread....lster-Thoughts

    Of course once I knew it was German modified, I had to keep it, and then fill it...

    I found a guy advertising a German marked M1935A on Gunboards...with two crappy pics. The price seemed good for a German marked 35A, so without further inquisition, I jumped on it.

    When I got it, I wasn't happy...someone had polished and refinished the slide...

    It was very shiny, and the finish gave it that weird purplish hue, honestly it looked like shit. So I took it home and took it apart. Good news, it was correct, properly German marked on the frame and barrel, and DID NOT have the post war lanyard ring mod, so it was at least wartime correct.

    So, naturally what do I do, get a hold of the naked flier, and see what we can do. He says he has been having luck soaking parts in acid to remove finish and lightly etch them. I though that would be perfect, get rid of the purple color, and prep the surface for painting, since all these guns were paint over park anyway....

    So he came over yesterday and we boiled it and soaked it. Took it right down to the original park it looked like. Rinsed it water with a little baking soda, then rinsed with plain water, and soaked in acetone to make sure surface was super clean. Carefully oiled the interior, taped off openings, and re wiped outside with acetone, then painted it with Rust Oleum low gloss black Farm and Implement paint....

    So here are before pics showing it as I got it, then how it looked after soaking and rinsing. I took the before pics in shit light, so its hard to see just how bad it looked, but it was bad. Oh, and the 3rd pic is the one from the ad, looking at it, to me it just looked like I would expect a 35A with the paint stripped to look, it looked parked to me. The seller did not disclose that the frame had been buffed and refinished...
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    And the finished product, complete...

    Thanks to my good friend Clay for helping me out with this, I am really happy with how it turned out, much better than I thought. The slides on these have no markings externally, so even if the buffing softened the lines a bit it didn't mess up any markings...

    Oh, and I posted a bad review for the seller on GB, but of course the mods never posted it up...
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    Very cool rig. It sucks about Gunboreds and the Trader. It seems there are human feces from the www on there trying to rip people off or mongering turds. Moderating that doesn't seem nearly as important as doling out "infractions" and trying to suspend people who don't agree with them. That pistol came out great.
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    I really like the way that came out. Looks nicer than that thick, runny enamel that the French put on them.

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    Its a nice little pistol too, very much 1911/Browning influenced, but rather petite and delicate.

    Shooting it will be an issue, since the ammo is nearly un-obtanium...I know you can get cases, and load your own, but I am not that desperate to shoot it!

    I think in this case I lucked out, I think the German modified holsters are a lot harder to find than the pistols!

    ETA Oh, nd the mag that came with the gun is a proper WWII mag...the other two in the holster are post war...

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