As a first-time Sig owner, I can already see that the blued finish is going to wear pretty quickly. Have any of you had your slides coated or plated, and if so, by whom, and how is the new finish holding up?
I have had both my P226 and P228 coated with the NP3 finish in what is called the Norton Package.
All steel done and no aluminum or alloy parts. The guns were done in early 1991 and 1992 and have been carried consistently for duty for the past 10 and 9 years respectively.
I have worn through the finish on the slide on the P228 but that is not a complaint on the front left corner where the slide make constant contact with the holster. This is every day exposed to the elements, thousand and thousands of presentations, countless rounds fired.
I got my moneys worth.
It is a good finish and I would do it again. I will send you some jpegs off line if you email off line.
Be safe and keep the brass flying,
Terry Peters formerly known as PT-Partners http://www.pt-partners.com
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I had my Sig P220 "BearCoated" by Rocky Mountain Arms. Their delivery and processing of the gun was not as promised and my Sig was returned to me assembled incorrectly (non-firing). The finish wore quickly and I would not recommend them.
double check that Pin H/D inner and Outer, Wade - its hard to tell from the picture but it appears to be pointing to the rear. Sig specification of this set of special pins is the Outer opens to 12 and the inner to 6. This matches the point of highest shear force to the strongest aspect of the pins.
ARS coats slides in a variety of colors from $85. See website linked below.
Autauga Rifles black tefloned my P220 slide three or four years ago. Since then, it has been carried almost daily. The finish has suffered expected holster wear on and around the dust cover, but overall the finish has held up well, even after having been immersed in salt water a few times.
I had Birdsong Black T my P220, but it was a little 'soft' and wore thru
quickly. I had Novak's do some more work on it, then after talking
to Mr. Birdsong, he convinced me to try it again. This time it has held
up very well, either that or the holsters I use broke in some more :-?
I may send him my P229 soon as I'm getting tired of dealing with rust (I work in a marine environment) however simple wipe downs with oil work just fine I'm just lazy. I also have come to like the look of a "working gun" with some holster wear.
There were a couple of older duty carry P220's refinished at my PD, including my own. The standard blue doesn't stand up to any type of regular carry very well.
If you do refinish a Sig, don't bother trying to get the factory to touch the gun afterwards. Their position is that refinishing outside of the factory will change the tolerances of the gun and cause malfunctions that they will not take responsibility for.
I found this to be true. One of these P220s ended up with a take down lever hole in the frame streched out of round. One would drop the magazine on each firing. I managed to screw mine up all on my own, at no specific fault of the finish, or gun.
With the arrival of the all stainless models, I would assume the the sensativity of the aluminum alloy frames will no longer be an issue.
On this topic, does anyone know what type of finish is being put on the black parts of the ST madels?
I had my 229 refinished by Robar. The finish was NP3 and I was very disapointed. The finish was nice enough but here is the problem. Underneath the original SIG finish there was some pitting on top of the slide. I did not know this. Robar took the original SIG finish off then NP3d it with out removing the pit marks. The result was a nice NP3 finish that showed the pit marks. I called Robar to complain and was told that I had not requested any modifications to the slide. A good customer service department would have called me when the pitting was discovered and asked if I would like the pit marks removed. Needless to say Robar will not be getting any more of my business. I ended up selling the 229 at a much lower price than I could have gotten had the job been done right.
I also had a gun done by Robar in NP3, and they didn't do much prep work at all. The gun was a new Colt 1991 that had some rough spots, and they really showed up after the NP3 was put on. They had told me that they would prep the gun in a matte finish by bead blasting, but they didn't do a very good job. Apparently unlike other shops, the exhorbitant fee you pay to have your guns coated with their magical NP3 doesn't get you any prep work beyond just removing the original finish.
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