Evaluation of the piece indicated that there were
a few options. The customer did not wish to replace the slide for obvious cost
reasons. Although it would be possible to re-cut the ribbing it would require
obtaining special tooling and the size of the original ribbing could not easily
or cheaply be replicated. The last option, which was adopted, was to remove the
ribbing and replace it with a smooth, anti-glare surface.
To do this job the front and rear sights were
removed to allow the entire top surface to be worked. The ribbing was carefully
filed down to a smooth flat surface. Great care was required to avoid filing
down too much material, especially near the rear sight mounting pin. Once this
was complete the sides of the slide were masked off and the top surface was
sandblasted to produce a smooth, matte surface per the customers request. The
parts were reblued and re-assembled.